Value of award
100% tuition fees at the UK/EU rate for the duration of your PhD and an annual stipend of £14,533
Number of awards
Start date and duration
1 September 2017 for 3 years
Application closing date
The closing date is Monday 20 March 2017. Prompt application is strongly advised.
Newcastle University is the leading UK Institute for all matters relevant to non-ruminant livestock research. Both studentships are part of EU wide collaborative projects in which the School of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development at Newcastle University is a Research Partner. The projects are funded by the European Research Area Network (ERA-Net) on Sustainable Animal Production. The studentships aim to assess and develop methods to mitigate the environmental impact of European Pig Systems and enhance their sustainability. Although operating under the same research umbrella, the two studentships are very distinct from each other.
Studentship 1 aims to achieve this through improvements in feed efficiency, by improving pig characteristics and relying on European feed resources (studentship code ag038).
Studentship 2 aims to mitigate environmental impact through improvements in pig housing and waste management, by taking into account the latest technologies in these areas (studentship code ag039).
Both studentships will influence the acquisition and utilise data from the research of the European multi-centre collaboration and thus experience research in different parts of the EU. The post holders will be trained and develop skills in novel environmental assessment tools and methodologies of environmental impact assessment, systems modelling and livestock systems.
European Research Area – Network (ERA-Net)
Name of supervisor(s)
The ideal candidates will have (or expect) a first class or upper-second class honours degree (or international equivalent) in environmental/ biological/ agricultural science, with strong interests in the assessment and mitigation of environmental impacts of agricultural systems. Strong background in either environmental assessment, clean technology and systems modelling, or a relevant postgraduate qualification (MSc or equivalent) would be a major advantage.
As the funding is from an ERA-Net the studentships are ONLY open to UK and EU citizens who are eligible for both stipend and tuition fees.
How to apply
You must apply through the University’s online postgraduate application system. Only mandatory fields need to be completed. However, you will need to include the following information:
- insert the programme code 8010F in the Programme of Study section
- select "PhD – Agriculture, Food and Rural Development (full time) - Animal Science” as the Programme Name
- insert the studentship code ag038 (studentship project 1) or ag039 (studentship project 2)** in the Studentship/Partnership Reference field
- attach a covering letter and CV. In the covering letter you must state the title of the studentship, quote reference code ag038 or ag039 and state how your interests and experience relate to the project
- attach degree transcripts and certificates and, if English is not your first language, a copy of your English language qualifications
- you should also email a copy of your CV and covering letter, quoting the studentship reference number/s, direct to Professor Ilias Kyriazakis
**The online application system will only allow one PhD application to an academic school. If you are applying for both PhD studentships projects then you will need to email firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information:
- your applicant number (from the first project application)
- the second project code and its corresponding title
- a covering letter for the second project