Gosden PhD Studentship in Plant Science


The studentship will be based in the Centre for Plant Science

Project description

The Sheila Gosden legacy, left to the University of Leeds, aims to support students studying plant science through the Gosden endowment. We are looking for exceptional and highly motivated students to pursue a PhD in any area of plant science including the environmental modulation of plant growth and development.

The studentship will be provide UK/EU fees plus a stipend of £14,777 for four years and is available for UK/EU students only.

Gosden PhD Studentship Projects:

Prof. Alison Baker - Caustic response: understanding plant adaptation to high pH and its application to remediation of alkaline industrial residues.

Dr Tom Bennett - Bloom and bust: how do plants know when to stop flowering?

Dr Katie Field - Give-and-take: how do plants regulate resource exchange with mycorrhizas and parasitic nematodes?

Dr Stefan Kepinski - More crop per drop: re-engineering root system architecture for improved water uptake.

Prof. Peter Urwin - Apoplastic signalling in the interaction between plant roots and parasitic nematodes.

Key benefits

The CPS Postgraduate Training Environment Our research is organised into fourteen distinct project groups each led by a member of the academic staff. As the groups occupy contiguous laboratory space and have both shared and complementary interests the environment of CPS as a whole offers postgraduates an opportunity to learn laboratory skills from a range of experienced research workers. All students participate in programmes run at the level of the Faculty of Biological Sciences designed to develop wider aspects of research and transferable skills. Two annual CPS symposia provide a forum for scientific exchange and development of presentation skills. Other courses on subjects relating to the wider culture of science such as intellectual property rights, ethics, time management, careers and IT skills are also available on the Leeds campus. Full-time training for postgraduate students is provided within active research groups. Typically, there are around 20 postgraduate students from the UK & overseas studying for research degrees in CPS.

Entry requirements

A good honours degree in a relevant science discipline such as molecular biology, genetics, biochemistry, biotechnology, botany or chemistry. IF English is not your first language you will need to meet the university language requirements before registration.

How to apply

Please apply online and select PhD in Biological Sciences as your intended course. 

Please include the name of the project and supervisor in the research section; we do not require a research proposal but please upload a CV and transcripts.

How to apply (email)


How to apply (phone)

+44 (0)113 343 8186