EUPHRESCO PhD studentship: Free living nematode detection using next generation sequencing technology

Supervisors: Dr Melanie Sapp, Thomas Prior (both Food and Environment Research Agency, UK), Dr Matthew Back (Harper Adams University, UK) and Prof Dr Gerrit Karsson (Plant Protection Services, the Netherlands)

A Euphresco (European Phytosanitary Research Coordination) funded PhD studentship is available starting on the 1stof January 2014 for 3 years to develop accelerated and more comprehensive methods to detect free living nematodes in soils.

Applicants will need, as a minimum, a bachelor’s degree with first or upper second class honours (UK applicants) or a high GPA (international applicants) in an appropriate subject. An additional relevant master’s degree is preferred.

Practical experience with molecular biology, nematology and field scale experimentation is desirable.

A minimum level of competency in English is required. International applicants need to be classed as an overall grade 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component using the International English Language Test System (IELTS) or equivalent Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or PTE score.

For further information on this position, contact Dr Matthew Back (, Dr Melanie Sapp ( or Thomas Prior (

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