International PhD Positions in Powdery Mildew (PM) Resistance in Tomato and Pepper, Netherlands

  •  PhD
  •  06-May-2024
  •   Netherlands
  • $$  Fully-funded position

Scholarship opportunities provide any deserving and potential-filled student access to education, keeping this in mind, Wageningen University & Research has launched the International PhD Positions in Powdery Mildew (PM) Resistance in Tomato and Pepper. The university is accepting applications for the academic year 2024-2025.

The aim of this program is to groom highly motivated individuals interested in breeding crops resilient to diseases in agricultural production. With the pressing need to mitigate crop losses, estimated up to 40% of yield, this initiative targets the development of resistant plant varieties as an alternative to chemical control methods. Specifically, the research seeks to combat the increasing threat of Powdery Mildew (PM) infection in tomato and pepper production through the exploration of plant genetic resources and the application of advanced biotechnology and molecular breeding tools.The Wageningen University & Research is a public university in Wageningen, Netherlands, specializing in technical and engineering subjects and is an important center for life sciences and agricultural research. Discovered in a region of the Netherlands known as the Food Valley and established in 1918, it has approximately 12,000 students from more than 100 countries.

Wageningen Universiteit Information

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International PhD Positions in Powdery Mildew (PM) Resistance in Tomato and Pepper, Netherlands Founded in 1918, Wageningen Universiteit (Wageningen University) is a non-profit public higher education institution located in the medium-sized town of Wageningen (population range of 10,000-49,999 inhabitants), Gelderland. Officially accredited and/or recognized by the Ministerie van Onderwijs, Cultuur en Wetenschap, Nederland (Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, Netherlands), Wageningen Universiteit (WU) is a medium-sized (uniRank enrollment range: 9,000-9,999 students) coeducational higher education institution. Wageningen Universiteit (WU) offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as bachelor degrees in several areas of study. See the uniRank degree levels and areas of study matrix below for further details.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Eligible Countries: All nationalities
  • Acceptable Course or Subjects: Any subject offered by Wageningen University
  • Admissible Criteria: Candidates must meet the following criteria:
  • Hold an MSc in Plant Sciences or Biology, with a preference for backgrounds in Genetics, Breeding, and Phytopathology.
  • Possess experience with molecular techniques.
  • Demonstrate excellent written and oral communication skills in English.
  • Exhibit qualities of teamwork and independent work ethic.

Offered Benefits

  • Fully funded PhD position.
  • Tailored course program.
  • Gross salary ranging from €2,770 to €3,539 per month.
  • Excellent employee benefits including partially paid parental leave, flexible working hours, and a fixed December bonus.
  • Opportunities for personal development and training in an international environment with a pleasant working atmosphere.

For further information about the position, please contact Prof. dr. Yuling Bai, the research group leader of the Resistance Breeding group within Plant Breeding, via email: . For inquiries regarding the application process, please reach out to Noorien Abbas, corporate recruiter, via email: .

The application deadline for this scholarship is May 6th, 2024. We encourage applications from individuals of all backgrounds, as diversity is highly valued at Wageningen University & Research.

Application Process

Interested applicants can apply directly through the vacancy page on the Wageningen University & Research website. In this initial application round, candidates are requested to submit their resume and a motivation letter.

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