A number of PhD studentships commencing in October 2013 are now available as part of the new Norwich Research Park Doctoral Training Partnership programme. For full details of the projects and the programme please go to http://www.biodtp.norwichresearchpark.ac.uk/
The Norwich Research Park has one of the highest concentrations of microbiology researchers in Europe. Partners on the Norwich Research Park include the University of East Anglia, the John Innes Centre, the Institute for Food Research, the Genome Analysis Centre and the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital. Together these research institutes make Norwich the fourth highest cited UK city for science.
Cutting edge and collaborative research projects between these institutes include the search for new antibiotics to tackle drug resistant microbes, understanding plant-microbe interactions (beneficial and non beneficial) for crop improvement and food security, understanding the microbial population (microbiome) of healthy and diseased guts, understanding how disease-causing bacteria evade the human immune system and investigating the role of bacteria in the global geochemical cycles to understand how they affect climate change.
Opportunities to study microbiology in Norwich include PhD and MRes studentships registered at the University of East Anglia (UEA) but hosted at any of the partner institutes and taught MSc courses at UEA. These include a newly launched four year MSci degree in Microbiology and a one year MSc in Biotechnology for a Sustainable Future. The Masters programmes at UEA include research projects which can be undertaken in research laboratories at UEA or at one of the partner institutes on the Norwich Research Park.
"Studying at UEA was a life changing experience, from my year spent abroad in Australia to working on cutting edge research for my dissertation. The unique opportunities that I had studying at UEA helped to direct me to where I am now, studying for a PhD in biofuel production at Trinity College Dublin. Without the excellent teaching and laboratory based learning UEA offered I know I would not be where I am now."
Will Kricka, UEA graduate, currently a PhD student at Trinity College Dublin
"I graduated from the University of Natural Sciences in Vietnam and then enrolled on the Biotechnology for a Sustainable Future MSc. UEA provided me with an outstanding education. The program was very well designed, offering me an extremely rewarding experience and even offered me opportunities to engage with the public through off-campus activities such as the Sustainable Living festival in Norwich 2009. After a successful academic year, I returned to Vietnam, and was awarded a Vietnam Education Foundation (VEF) fellowship for doctoral study at Cornell University, USA."
Tam Tran, MSc graduate, currently a PhD student at Cornell University, USA
"As well as meeting my now husband during undergraduate lab practical classes, I really benefited professionally from my time in Norwich. I chose UEA for the opportunity to combine a placement year in industry with attending a top class University. This combination suited me and led me to apply for a PhD at the John Innes Centre. Access to top class facilities and expertise during my PhD was invaluable in allowing me to initiate my own research team.
Dr Nicola Stanley Wall, UEA graduate. Nicola did her PhD at the John Innes Centre and is currently a lecturer at the University of Dundee
If you are interested in a career or studentship within Microbiology, please check out the opportunities available across the websites of the institutes across the NRP.