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PhD Studentship available in Hibberd Lab - applications welcome

last modified Nov 24, 2015 01:49 PM

Activating photosynthesis in non-photosynthetic cells for improved crop productivity

A fully funded PhD position is available in the Hibberd lab in the Department of Plant Sciences, University of Cambridge.

The group focuses on how photosynthesis genes are regulated in C3 and C4 plants. The project aims to understand why some cells in the leaf become fully photosynthetic, whilst others fail to become fully green. If we understand this process, non-photosynthetic cells in the leaf could be de-repressed and would then contribute to a more efficient crop canopy, leading the way to increasing yields.

The successful candidate will develop word-class expertise in photosynthesis and the regulation of photosynthesis gene expression. The project will span both wet-lab work and computational approaches to analyze big data. In the process you will have the opportunity to apply state-of-the-art techniques allowing genome-wide analysis of transcription factor binding sites (first pioneered by the human genome consortium) to specific cells of plants. In addition, you will learn key bioinformatics skills to deal with, and understand, the large datasets that are generated from these approaches.

The project benefits from complementary research projects in the Hibberd lab. You will also be part of the University’s Doctoral Training Programme (DTP). This DTP includes training in statistics and Systems biology (SysMIC  - see, and in the first year involves two rotation projects, one in the PhD laboratory and a second in another laboratory. In addition, a 12-week professional internship will be undertaken during the PhD.

Please contact Professor Julian Hibberd for more information on