SRINAGAR: The University of Portsmouth, UK is offering a fully-funded four-year PhD programme beginning in October 2024, researching into the developmental and evolutionary characteristics of various corona structures in Narcissus (Amaryllidaceae). This extraordinary opportunity available for both UK/EU and international students is a part of the SoCoBio DTP industry co-funded PhD initiative, hosted by the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Portsmouth.

The study area involves Evolutionary/Developmental Biology, Botany/Horticulture, and High-throughput DNA/RNA Sequencing.

The application process is available through official website and the deadline to apply is March 1, 2024.

The project aims to pinpoint essential genes, understand corona specification, and investigate the influence of hybridization on morphological innovation. The knowledge acquired from this research holds scientific significance and offers practical benefits for daffodil breeding, a sector of considerable economic significance in the UK.

The eligibility for the programme involves a strong foundation in ecological science at the undergraduate level or a relevant Master’s degree. Proficiency in English, demonstrated by achieving an IELTS band score of 6.5 with no sub-score below 6.0, interest in fields such as botany, horticulture, evolutionary and developmental biology, as well as experience with high-throughput DNA/RNA sequencing, skills in taxonomy, microscopy, molecular biology, and proficiency in high-throughput data analysis using R/programming.

The documents required include Personal statement, Proof of degrees and grades, Details of two referees, Proof of English language proficiency and a CV.

To apply contact Dr Steven Dodsworth ([email protected]) to discuss your interest and then use the online application form. When applying, quote the project code BIOL9000124. Email applications are not accepted.

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