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At the University of Lincoln, postgraduate students are an integral part of our research community. They work alongside talented academics and researchers from around the world, contributing to our growing reputation for internationally excellent research.

There are opportunites to get involved in exciting research projects by applying for a studentship. The University offers a range of studentships including funded and part-funded opportunities, please refer to the current studentships information below.  

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EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Agri-Food Robotics: AgriFoRwArdS

The University of Lincoln has launched the world's first Centre for Doctoral Training in Agri-Food Robotics in collaboration with the University of Cambridge and the University of East Anglia. This new advanced training centre in agri-food robotics is creating the largest ever cohort of Robotics and Autonomous Systems (RAS) specialists for the global food and farming sectors, thanks to a multi-million pound funding award the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).

Applications for entry into the CDT programme starting in October 2022 are now open.

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Current Studentship Opportunities

Use the dropdown menus below to browse current funded and part-funded studentship opportunities at the University of Lincoln, listed by academic College. 

Studentship Terms and Conditions

PhD Studentship: HFSP Funded Studentship on the Evolution of Insect Sperm Form and Function

University of Lincoln is offering one fully funded PhD studentship in connection to a three-year Human Frontiers Science Program project entitled “The Evolution of Sperm Cell Shape and Motion”. This project involves three university partners: Dr Carl Soulsbury and Professor Stuart Humphries (University of Lincoln), Professor Rhonda Snook (University of Stockholm), and Professor Lisa Fauci (Tulane University).

This Human Frontiers in Science Programme funded project seeks to understand how insect sperm shapes and motion have evolved, and brings together distinct disciplines in evolutionary ecology, biophysics, and mathematics. This PhD will focus specifically on the evolutionary component and will combine novel data collection of sperm from a range of insect species, combined with phylogenetic data analysis. Working alongside other project members there will be the opportunity to work with microfluidic devices and micro-scale rheology measurements. There will be the opportunity to spend time at collaborator’s institutions both collecting data and learning new skills as part of involvement in this cross-disciplinary project.

The project can explore, but is not limited to, how sperm morphology has evolved, and key drivers of sperm shape change over evolutionary time. The successful candidate will work to expand our knowledge of underrepresented taxa and collaborate with a PDRA on the project characterising female reproductive microenvironments.

The successful applicant will be supported by a supervisory team with considerable expertise and leadership in evolutionary ecology and biophysics. The wider project will provide support and experience to help the student to develop an international research network.

Contact: csoulsbury@lincoln.ac.uk and shumphries@lincoln.ac.uk.

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have a first or upper second-class honours degree or equivalent in a relevant area. Applicants with a relevant Master's are particularly welcome. Experience in the following areas will be desirable, but not essential: understanding of R programming language, relevant lab skills, (microdissection, imaging e.g., SEM, micro-CT).

Applicants should possess excellent report writing and English language communication skills and an ability to work to deadlines.

How to Apply

An application of a 2-page CV and 2-page covering letter including a personal statement demonstrating how your experience to date prepares you to undertake PhD-level research should be e-mailed to Dr Carl Soulsbury (csoulsbury@lincoln.ac.uk) and Professor Stuart Humphries (shumphries@lincoln.ac.uk).

Please quote project ID (HFSP1) in the subject line of the email.

Closing Date: 13 June 2022

Interviews: End of June 2022

Those called for interview will be required to prepare a short presentation.

Start Date: 2022/2023 academic year

Funding

This studentship is for a start date in the academic year of 2022/23 and covers the full PhD fees for a maximum of 3 years full-time study. The successful candidate will have a stipend/living allowance of £16,062 per annum, in line with UKRI 2022/23 amounts. Tuition fees are included (for Home fee level). The funding is open to Home students.

Duration: 36 months

Reference: HFSP1

 

PhD Studentships: Royal Society Funded Studentship on Insect Biomechanics

The University of Lincoln is offering one fully funded PhD studentship in connection to a four-year Royal Society funded project on the biomechanics of small jumping insects.

Many insects are spectacular jumpers, and this project delves into the mechanics of how these animals generate their great leaps.

This project will be determining how very small insects (about 50 mg in size, example insects are froghoppers, small crickets, and grasshopper nymphs) control their spin in the air when they jump to targets. We will be combining high-speed videography with animal behaviour to mechanically characterise the jumps, both escape jumps and jumps to targets. The successful student will compare the different ways these different insects generate spin in the air. This will yield examples of how to mechanically control spin. The results are intended to be suitable for use in robotics, with the insects acting as a ‘model system’ for development of small jumping robots.

The PhD studentship will ideally be focused on:

  • high speed filming of insect jumping
  • development and testing of hypotheses on how these insects are controlling spin during these jumps

Applicants will be taught how to handle the animals and, if needed, the mechanics necessary to do the analyses.

The successful applicant will also have funding to attend international conferences and be expected to present their work to the international community

For questions, please contact Professor Gregory Sutton at: gsutton@lincoln.ac.uk

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have a first or upper second class honours degree or equivalent in zoology, animal biology, engineering, or physics. Applicants with a relevant Master's are particularly welcome. Applicants must be comfortable handling insects.

Applicants should possess excellent report writing and English language communication skills and an ability to work to deadlines.

How to Apply

An application of a 2-page CV and 1-page covering letter including a personal statement demonstrating how your experience to date prepares you to undertake PhD level research.

Please quote project ID in the subject line of the email.

Closing Date: 10 June 2022

Interviews: End of June 2022

Start Date: 2022/2023 academic year (October 2022)

Funding

This studentship is for a start date in the academic year of 2022/23 and covers the full PhD fees for a maximum of 4 years full-time study. The candidate will have a stipend/living allowance of £15,300 per annum. Tuition fees are included (for Home fee level).

Duration: A maximum of 48 months

Reference: 2AK-22-14

PhD Studentship

Identifying Physiological and Agronomical Factors Associated with High Yield in Linseed

Linseed (Linaceae usitatissimum L.) is gaining popularity as an alternative break crop instead of oil seed rape, in addition to its high demand from the health sector. Yield varies considerably between seasons, depending on location and weather. It is therefore important to understand the main environmental causes of yield variation andto determine the most important agronomic and physiological factors that influence yield.

Very little research has been conducted on linseed therefore there is a lack of information about how the crop responds to management decisions with potential to impact yield, such as sowing time and seed rates. Average yields of Linseed in the UK are 2t/ha, with higher yields where conditions are favourable. Crops are subjected to the vagaries of weather and the uncertainty of defined seasons due to climate change make it important to study how resilient the current germplasm is to cope with these variabilities in seasonality.

This three-year PhD will investigate the effects of both the environment and soil properties on the yield of Linseed, with a particular focus on the genotype x environment interactions. The proposed study will also identify the genetic variation that currently exist in UK Linseed germplasm in order to improve future varieties that will be resilient to climate change.The research will involve a mixture of field trials and polytunnel pot experiments. Physiological and agronomical traits governing yield will be measured at the canopy and root level with the following objectives:

  • To test whether there is genetic variation in existing UK linseed germplasm and scope for improvement
  • To investigate the effects of soil properties and its association with roots on yield performance
  • Understanding the physiological basis underpinning sowing time and density in the canopy

This project is in partnership with Premium Crops and Chadacre Agricultural Trust. The successful candidate will have opportunities to gain experience and exposure to the industry. Candidates should have a minimum of a 2:1 in Agriculture, Crops Science, or agriculture related areas. The studentship is open to Home students.

Closing Date: 29 July 2022

Please contact Dr Oorbessy Gaju (ogaju@lincoln.ac.uk) for more information.

Ecological Populism: The Representation, Governance and Mobilisation of Climate Politics

PhD GTA Funded Studentship

Reference Number: 2AW-22-3

Project Leads: Dr Rico Isaacs, Dr Andrew Kythreotis and Dr Conohar Scott

Do you want to explore two of the most pressing issues of our age? Do you want to make a difference to climate politics? Populism and ecologism are two of the most important issues of our age, yet we know little about the relationship between the two phenomena. This research studentship will focus on populist ecologies and the successful candidate will investigate the relationship between populism and ecologism, taking account of the multivalent nature of the relationship, the discourse and aesthetics of ecologism within populism, the institutional management of ecological issues by populist leaders, the extent to which populist discourse and techniques can be used to mobilise climate action, and the policy implications of populist approaches to climate crisis. Prospective areas of focus could include:

- The multi-scalar and multi-faceted relationship between ecologism and populism (e.g., local, national, global levels; distinction between populist leaders for and against climate action; and the political economy of climate capitalism)

- The representation, discourse, and aesthetics of ecologism within populism

- The impact of populism on the governance and management of ecological concerns

- The extent to which populist discourses, strategies, and techniques can be used for the mobilisation of climate action.

There is no specific case or country study which has been set, so the studentship could focus on a single case or be more comparative in nature.

The successful candidate will be part of the Politics of Disorder Research Group and the Centre for Ecological Justice, both of which are housed in the College of Social Sciences at the University of Lincoln. The successful candidate will also have the opportunity to work with the Lincoln Climate Commission (LCC) and use their engagement with the Commission to develop the policy facing implications of their research.

Contact: Dr. Rico Isaacs (risaacs@lincoln.ac.uk) for further discussion.

How to Apply

Applicants should have a first or upper second-class honours degree or equivalent in a relevant area and those with a Master’s degree in politics, international relations, sociology, human geography, or environmental sciences are strongly encouraged to apply. Applicants should possess excellent written and English language communication skills and an ability to work to deadlines.

Please email your CV (no longer than two pages) and a one-page cover letter outlining your interest, relevant experience, and proposed research question/puzzle for the topic to Maureen Young (studentshipscss@lincoln.ac.uk).

Those called for interview will be required to complete an online application form and prepare a presentation. Please quote project ID in the subject line of the email.

Closing Date: 11 July 2022

Interviews: w/c 1 August 2022

Start date: 1 September 2022 (subject to agreement)

Eligibility and Funding

Suitably qualified candidates worldwide may apply, although international students must self-fund the difference between the International and Home fee rate - £10,104 per annum.

£16,062 per annum stipend paid in monthly instalments.

The studentship may require you to do up to six hours of teaching or related work per week, the income from which will go towards the cost of your tuition fees and any surplus fees will be paid by the College.

 

The Lived Experience of Mental Health in Performance Swimming

PhD GTA Funded Studentship

Reference Number: 2AT-22-1

Project Leads: Dr Patricia Jackman, Dr Adam Evans, Professor Jacquelyn Allen-Collinson.

University of Lincoln and University of Copenhagen, Denmark invite applications to undertake a full-time, 3-year PhD on mental health in performance swimming. The project is intended to explore the lived experience of mental health in elite swimming. We are interested in high-calibre applicants who bring academic and/or practical experience in areas such as mental health in sport, elite athlete transitions, and sociological study of embodied experiences in sport.

Contact: Dr Patricia Jackman (pjackman@lincoln.ac.uk) or Dr Adam Evans (Abe@nexs.ku.dk).

How to Apply

Applicants should have a first or upper second class honours degree (or equivalent) and a postgraduate degree in a relevant area (e.g. sociology of sport, social science, mental health, sport psychology) equivalent to two years of postgraduate experience. Applicants should possess excellent report writing and English language communication skills, and an ability to work to deadlines.

Please email your CV (no longer than 2 pages) and a 1 page cover letter to Maureen Young (studentshipscss@lincoln.ac.uk). Those called for interview will be required to complete an online application form, and prepare a presentation. Please quote project ID (2AT-22-1) in the subject line of the email.

Those called for interview will also be required to prepare a presentation.

Closing Date: 18 May 2022

Interviews: provisionally week beginning 6 June 2022

Start date: October 2022

Eligibility and Funding

The studentship will fund tuition fees and pay a stipend for 3 years. Suitably qualified candidates may apply, although international students must self-fund the difference between the International and Home fee rate. An annual stipend of £16,062 will be paid in 36 monthly instalments of £1,338.50 per month. The studentship may require you to offer up to 6 hours of teaching or related work per week.

Barriers and Enablers to Health and Care Staff Accessing Health and Wellbeing Support in Rural and Urban Settings

PhD GTA Funded Studentship

Reference Number: 2CJ-22-1

Project Leads: Professor Mark Gussy, Dr Ian McGonagle, Dr David Nelson

The University of Lincoln’s newly established Lincoln International Institute for Rural Health (LIIRH) based in the Lincoln Medical School, is offering a fully funded PhD studentship that will investigate access, experiences, and outcomes of the current occupational health and wellbeing offer in rural and urban service settings.

Prior to Covid-19 staff stress, burn-out, turn over, recruitment difficulties within some professions in specific operational or geographical areas, retention, and sickness and absence were key workforce challenges facing the health and care workforce in the Lincolnshire Integrated Care System (ICS). The pandemic has brought these issues into sharp focus and highlighted known and unknown inequities in access to support. A considerable amount of health and wellbeing offers, support, and funding have been made available to staff. However, uptake of these offers has been sporadic and better utilised by some organisations and/or groups than others. For example, we know that minority ethnic groups were disproportionately impacted by the pandemic and are keen to understand what health and wellbeing support would be helpful and accessible to this group of staff.

This research project will be embedded in the Lincolnshire Integrated Care System (ICS) and will be interdisciplinary in its focus and in the methods/techniques underpinning it. A strong aptitude for mixed methods in particular is desirable. The successful candidate will be based in the new Lincoln Medical School Building as part of the Lincoln International Institute for Rural Health in the College of Social Sciences.

Contact: Professor Mark Gussy: mgussy@lincoln.ac.uk

How to Apply

Applicants should have a first or upper second class honours degree or equivalent in a relevant area (e.g. mental health, nursing, allied health, public health, psychology, social science). Applicants with a relevant Master's degree are particularly welcome. Applicants should possess excellent report writing and English language communication skills, and an ability to work to deadlines. Past experience of applied research methods would be highly desirable.

Those called for interview will be required to prepare a presentation.

Closing Date: 1 May 2022

Interviews: provisionally week beginning 23 May 2022

Start date: By agreement

Eligibility and Funding

Suitably qualified candidates worldwide may apply. Home fees will be covered by the studentship but international students must self-fund the difference between the International and UK fee rate – for 2021/22 entry this would be £11,600.

An annual stipend of £15,609 will be paid in monthly instalment.

The studentship may require you to offer up to 6 hours of teaching or related work per week, the income from which will go towards the cost of your tuition fees and any surplus fees will be paid by the College.

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