AgriFood livestock/aquaculture placement opportunity for PhD students

Posted on: 16/08/2021

We are looking for an AgriFood PhD student who has a particular focus on innovation in the Livestock or Aquaculture industry to undertake a three month placement with KTN.

The PhD student Professional Intern Placement (Doctoral Training Programme PIP) will allow the participant to work within industry for a period of three months to help gain an understanding of working in a commercial setting.  The student will provide support to the AgriFood team on a livestock or aquaculture specific project provided by KTN.

How we will support you

Due to the ongoing pandemic, this placement will be carried out remotely. We will still provide all the necessary support and equipment to enable this to be successful. The PhD student should be in receipt of a stipend from their host institution in order to allow them to successfully complete the placement.  We have used this remote-working approach successfully throughout 2020 and 2021, providing good outcomes for both the student and KTN. Read about Carlota and Nick’s experiences with the AgriFood team. The student should be eligible to work in the UK, with the correct visa, if relevant.

What will the placement be about?

This placement is aimed at those who are working towards their PhD with an interest in industry innovation in either Livestock or Aquaculture.  Potential areas of work that would be carried out during the placement would include, but not be limited to;

  • Scoping out new innovation activities
  • Supporting Livestock and/or Aquaculture companies access funding
  • Delivery of relevant activities, such as events and workshops

All activities will be aligned with KTN’s priorities, including addressing Net Zero within the industry.

Key dates

The deadline for applications is 5pm on Monday 6th September 2021. We will interview prospective students shortly after the closing date. Placements will ideally take place between October 2021 and April 2022.

If you have any questions about this opportunity before applying, please email

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