3 Year Industry-led Funded PhD: Ref. No. CGE 41

Crop Abiotic Stress Modulators

Abiotic stress accounts for >50% of global crop yield losses. New solutions are therefore urgently required to reduce the environmental impact of abiotic stresses on crop productivity. This project will adopt a multidisciplinary approach combining plant-physiology-molecular biology and synthetic chemistry to investigate the efficacy and mode of action of novel compounds generated by Redag Crop Protection as candidate crop protection products that are effective against abiotic stresses. The ability of compounds to protect crops against the impacts of key abiotic stresses and their mode of action will be examined in planta in controlled environment and glasshouse studies, and in small-scale field trials.

Applicants should hold a minimum of a first-class or 2.1 (Hons) degree, or Masters degree (or equivalent) in a plant biology, biochemistry or an associated subject.

Industry Partner

The PhD Project will be based at Lancaster University and supervised jointly by Redag Crop Protection. Redag Crop Protection is a company dedicated to the discovery of novel agrochemicals to alleviate biotic and abiotic stress in crops globally and have teams of synthetic chemists producing novel and patent protected compounds.

Why Apply?

By joining the Centre for Global Eco-Innovation you will:

  • Receive £15,000 tax free per year
  • Have your postgraduate tuition fees paid for by your partner business, worth c£4,195/year (fees for Non EU/UK graduates are subsidised from £17,510/year to £13,315/year. See university website for published rates by year of entry)
  • Become part of a cohort of graduates working with an award-winning team on business-led R&D
  • Finish in a strong position to enter a competitive job market in the UK and overseas.

Application Deadline

This project has been recruited.

How to apply

This project has been recruited.

The Centre for Global Eco-Innovation

This doctoral research project is one of a cohort of industry-led funded research projects from the Centre for Global Eco-Innovation, an international alliance supporting university-business collaboration. The Centre delivers high quality, business-led research to create eco-innovative technologies, products and services.

The Centre for Global Eco-Innovation manages the Low Carbon Lancashire Innovation Hub (LoCaL-i), part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

At the heart of the Centre are people who are researching, developing and innovating to address global challenges, including energy, water, natural capital, resource efficiency, food, and waste, to deliver economic, social and environmental benefits. Launched in 2012 the Centre and has won two national awards for its ground breaking approach to sustainable R&D and knowledge exchange.