Institute for Agri-Food Research and Innovation

Project 6

Project 6

In-field pathogen detection and genotyping using CRISPR/Cas biosensing technology

Value of award

100% tuition fees at UK/EU rate plus an annual stipend of £15,009

Start date and duration

September 23rd 2019 for 3 years

Project Description  

CRISPR/Cas systems have the potential to become the next-generation diagnostic biosensing platforms; they are sensitive, specific and can discriminate at a single DNA base-pair level of resolution. Furthermore, they can be multiplexed, enabling a single diagnostic test to identify the presence of multiple targets. Coupling of the CRISPR/Cas detection with lateral flow device-based signal readout, will allow for the highly sensitive and accurate in-field detection of pathogens.

Full Project Description : 2019 Project 6

Student will be based at Fera Science Ltd in York.

Person Specification and Eligibility Criteria

You must have, or expect to achieve, a first-class or upper-second-class honours degree in a relevant subject or international equivalent.

Successful non-EU international students will be required to make up the difference between the UK/EU fees and international fees. If English is not your first language, you must have IELTS 6.5 with at least 5.5 in each component.

 How to Apply

You must apply through the University’s online postgraduate application form. Only mandatory fields need to be completed. However, you will need to include the following information:

• insert the programme code 8020F in the programme of study section
• select ‘PhD in Biology (FT)’ as the programme of study
• insert the studentship code IAFRI-06 in the studentship/partnership reference field
• attach a covering letter and CV. The covering letter must state the title of the project, quote reference code IAFRI-06  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 send a covering letter and CV to Mr Steven Hall (e-mail to

The online application system will only allow one application for an IAFRI studentship. If you are applying for TWO projects then you will need to e-mail Postgraduate Admissions and Steven Hall with the following information:

  • your applicant number (from the first project application)
  • the second project title
  • a two page covering letter for the second project

Please also include 'IAFRI-06' in the email header

Closing Date for Applications

Closing date is Midnight on Saturday 7th April 2019 (BST). Interviews will take place during April/May 2019


Steven Hall
Institute Manager
Institute for Agri-Food Research and Innovation
Agriculture Building
Newcastle University
Newcastle upon Tyne

IAFRI +44 (0) 191 208 7962