Current PhD Opportunities

BioSS has a range of PhD projects available in collaboration with partner universities and research organisations. Please follow the appropriate links to find out how to apply for each studentship noting the application deadline where applicable.

To discuss PhD opportunities further e.g. which projects might be most appropriate for you, please email: Glenn Marion

Mathematical biology

In partnership with the SRUC and the University of Edinburgh we offer a fully-funded PhD studentship as part of a project which aims to investigate the impacts of parasitism on greenhouse gas emissions in livestock. It is widely recognised that greenhouse gases (GHGs) are a major contributor to climate change, livestock are responsible for more GHG emissions than all other food sources and that common livestock parasites affect productivity and growth. However the impacts of parasitism on GHG emissions are currently unknown. A recent pilot study conducted at SRUC is the first to empirically demonstrate disease-driven increases in methane yields in livestock. This studentship would build on this significant result, and quantify the impacts of parasitism on emissions from meat production. It is an excellent opportunity for an individual who wishes to develop a career at the interface between mathematical and empirical biology.

This PhD is available to UK and European students only. Potential applicants should email the supervisors Prof Mike Hutchings or Dr. Naomi Fox for further information.

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