BBSRC – Bayer CropScience Industrial CASE partnership (ICP) award.


Rothamsted Research: BBSRC – Bayer CropScience Industrial CASE partnership (ICP) award.

Applications are invited for an Agro-Industry focussed PhD studentship in the Insecticide Resistance Group at Rothamsted Research, an independent, world-leading International centre of excellence in agricultural related science. The project will investigate and characterise the molecular basis for the recent global spread of diamide insecticide resistance in the diamondback moth, Plutella xylostella. This project is part of a dynamic ongoing collaboration between Rothamsted Research, Cardiff University and Bayer CropScience in this area.

The diamondback moth, a notorious global pest on cruciferous crops, has developed widespread resistance to diamides through specific mutations in the trans-membrane domain of the insect Ryanodine Receptor (RyR). This project will characterise the impact of these mutations on diamide insecticide action and RyR function using state of the art approaches as outlined below, and will be key to providing a fundamental understanding of diamide insecticide binding to allelic RyR variants. This knowledge will impact future global resistance management strategies for diamides and the discovery pipeline within Bayer CropScience for novel insecticidal RyR modulators.

Apply: – by application form only,

Rothamsted Research, Harpenden, Herts, AL5 2JQ. Closing date 22nd September, 2015.

Candidate eligibility: UK citizen, or EU Citizen having been UK resident for the last 3 years ( for more details).

Contact: – Emyr Davies or Martin Williamson

The successful candidate will join a world class research team with relevant expertise in mutagenesis, electrophysiology, protein expression and CRISPR/Cas9 guided insect transgenesis. The research conducted within the Insecticide Resistance Group has impact on a global scale and we aim for strategic relevance via strong industrial links that underpin our research programme. We strive for excellence in our research and our students are supported with excellent supervisory input by supervisors with International reputations, an extensive training programme and state of the art facilities. The Rothamsted campus also provides opportunities for interactions with other students, many working on related projects, and for scientific outreach, enterprise and innovation. As part of the project you will spend at least 3 months on placement with the industry partner Bayer CropScience in Monheim, Germany.

Further information and an application form can be found at

The BBSRC-CASE stipend for this 4 year studentship is £16,363 pa.


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