PhD funding: The Circadian Clock for the Ageing Plant

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    Biology, York
    United Kingdom
    Formal sciences
    Natural sciences
    Professions and applied sciences
    First Stage Researcher (R1) (Up to the point of PhD)

Project Description

Plants respond to environmental signals in a time-of-day dependent manner,

but we do not yet know how this process is affected by age. In the long term,

we would like to predict how changes in weather throughout a growth season

will influence a plant, so farmers can plan their harvests even under

unpredictable weather patterns caused by climate change.

This PhD project will investigate how the genetic targets of the circadian clock

change as plants age, with a focus on environmental signaling and

developmental genes. We are looking for a candidate that wants to develop

into a well-rounded computational and experimental scientist. For instance, a

great candidate could be a statistics or computer science graduate who wants

some exposure to experimental work or a biology student who wishes to focus

their PhDs on bioinformatics and statistics.

From a ‘data science’ perspective, the project is interesting because it will

include ‘time series’ of ‘time series’ across different time scales

(developmental time series of circadian time series). From a biological

perspective, it focusses on a fundamental question: how is circadian

regulation of gene expression affected by aging?

Funding Notes

This is a BBSRC White Rose DTP studentship fully funded for four years and covers: (i) a tax-free annual stipend at the standard Research Council rate (£15,009 estimated for 2020 entry), (ii) research costs, and (iii) tuition fees at the UK/EU rate.


Entry requirements: Students with, or expecting to gain, at least an upper second class honours degree, or equivalent, are invited to apply. The interdisciplinary nature of this research project means that we welcome applications from students with backgrounds in any biological, chemical, and/or physical science, or students with mathematical backgrounds who are interested in using their skills in addressing biological questions.



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