Opportunity for a food Sector PhD Studentship Placement

Posted on: 27/02/2020

We’re looking for a PhD student interested in the UK’s food production, processing, manufacturing and retail system.


We’ve got an opportunity for a PhD student Professional Intern Placements (e.g. Doctoral Training Programme PIPs) for up to 3 months starting as soon as possible. This placement will be completed from home, with no travel required. Induction and further contact with the team will be made via phone and video conference.


How to apply and key dates 

To apply, you need to complete this form.

The deadline for applications is Midnight Friday March 27th 2020.

We will interview prospective students on Wednesday April 8th 2020 in Edinburgh or via videoconference with successful candidates notified by 15th April 2020.

Placements must have commenced before the end of 2020 with a preference to begin before the end of August 2020.


What is the opportunity?

The candidate will be a PhD student with a UKRI or other funded studentship. This opportunity is for the placement component of the studentship. We are looking for someone with an interest in understanding more about the UK’s food production, processing, manufacturing and retail system, in particular how to attract and retain skilled personnel.


The project aims to produce a landscape of existing resources (initiatives, schemes and websites etc.) available to educators on food manufacturing system needs and opportunities and to food manufacturing businesses for on-going development of skills particularly in the innovation space. The second phase of the project will be to work with the KTN Food Sector Group (consisting of key manufacturers, funders, professional bodies and researchers) to identify gaps in coverage and make recommendations for future direction. Once complete, the landscape will be shared across the relevant government departments, funding bodies and businesses. The work will consider resources with a focus on both technical and transferable skills and will provide the student with a taste of working at the interface of business, research and policy.


We welcome applications from all relevant disciplines including those with biological, chemical, engineering, economic or social sciences background.


The PhD student should be in receipt of a stipend from their host institution or funding.  This opportunity covers the additional costs of working in the Edinburgh office for the 3-month period. This includes an allowance for accommodation if needed and paid travel and subsistence for activities undertaken whilst on placement up to a total of £5000.


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