Institute for Agri-Food Research and Innovation

Project 9

Project 9

Developing a molecular toolkit for breeding of the black soldier fly, Hermetia illucens

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  

Insects can provide a source of protein for animal feed and other high value products. There has been minimal research on the selection of insect populations with desirable traits for use in this emerging industry. This project will improve understanding of Hermetia illucens genetics for strain selection and selective breeding.

Full Project Description : 2019 Project 9

 
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 8010F in the programme of study section
• select ‘PhD in Agriculture and Rural Development (FT) – Food and Nutrition’ as the programme of study
• insert the studentship code IAFRI-09 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-09  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 steven.hall@newcastle.ac.uk)

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 pgadmissions@ncl.ac.uk and Steven Hall steven.hall@newcastle.ac.uk 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-09' 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

Contact

Steven Hall
Institute Manager
Institute for Agri-Food Research and Innovation
Agriculture Building
Newcastle University
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE1 7RU

IAFRI +44 (0) 191 208 7962
http://www.iafri.org.uk
email: steven.hall@newcastle.ac.uk