There are currently 2 projects advertised to join us for a PhD to work on photosynthesis!

One project is on cowpea and studying how to improve its productivity and resilience to heat stress. This is supervised by Elizabete and one of our African cowpea collaborators Sanatu Mustapha Alidu at Tamale in Northern Ghana. It includes work on physiology, phenotyping,  biochemistry, and molecular biology. It also includes the chance to be a part of field trials with cowpea at Tamale. Details:

Doug also has a project advertised to investigate sugar phosphatases, and understanding how the regulation of these enzymes contributes to how plants regulate carbon assimilation. It includes work with biochemistry, molecular biology, and physiology. Details:

Both of these projects align with our work as part of the wider RIPE project on Realising Improved Photosynthetic Efficiency, and improving crops for smallholder farmers in sub-Saharan Africa.

This is a competitive process with applications welcome from anywhere, some places in this program are reserved for non-UK students.

The links above also have details of how to apply.

Applications close 20th May.

Informal enquiries can be sent to Elizabete or Doug, but all applications must be submitted via the instructions described on the LEC website.