PhD studentship in Animal Reproduction: Development of in vitro techniques to explore bovine preimplantation embryo viability

Award Abstract

100% residence charges lined and a minimal tax-free annual dwelling allowance of £18,622 (2023/24 UKRI fee). Further funding to cowl analysis prices


On this venture a bovine in vitro embryo manufacturing mannequin might be used to develop a post-hatching mannequin of embryo growth and biopsy procedures in preimplantation embryos. These strategies might be important for future experiments investigating embryo toxicology and for the identification of biomarkers of embryo viability. Our purpose is to minimise losses in animal manufacturing programs utilizing advance breeding strategies, which has a knock-on impact of enhancing livestock animal welfare and environmental sustainability.

Given the growing acceptance of bovine in vitro fashions of embryo growth as a substitute for mouse in vitro mannequin programs, our analysis plans are additionally related to human assisted replica.

The profitable candidate will change into skilled in a number of laboratory procedures together with in vitro embryo manufacturing, innovative excessive decision stay and glued cell microscopy, micromanipulation, and analytical strategies.

The venture has hyperlinks with business and might be a collaboration between SNES  and the Bioscience Institute at FMS . The profitable applicant will purchase data and expertise for a number of job sectors, together with agri-business (e.g., animal breeding firms), specialised analysis establishments, biotech firms, human assisted replica companies and academia. You’ll be part of a pleasant, and numerous workforce with common workforce conferences and occasions, technical assist, and have entry to mentorship, profession assist and a variety of further coaching alternatives. 

Quantity Of Awards


Begin Date


Award Length

3 Years

Utility Closing Date



College of Pure and Environmental Sciences , Newcastle College.


Andrew Beard  ([email protected] )

Suzanne Madgwick  ([email protected] )

Miguel Velazquez  ([email protected] )

Eligibility Standards

It’s essential to have, or count on to realize, a minimal 2:1 Honours diploma or worldwide equal in a topic related to the proposed PhD venture.

If first language just isn’t English: IELTS rating of 6.5 general with a minimal of 5.5 in all sub-skills.

The studentship covers charges on the House fee (UK and EU candidates with pre-settled/settled standing and meet the residency standards). Worldwide candidates might be required to cowl the distinction between House and Worldwide charges.

Worldwide candidates might require an ATAS (Educational Know-how Approval Scheme ) clearance certificates previous to acquiring their visa and to review on this programme. 

How To Apply

It’s essential to apply by way of the College’s Apply to Newcastle Portal  

As soon as registered choose ‘Create a Postgraduate Utility’.  

In ‘Course Search’ determine your programme of examine:  

·        Seek for the ‘Course Title’ utilizing the programme code: 8010F

·        Analysis Space: Animal Science 

·        Choose ‘PhD Agriculture & Rural Growth (full time) – Animal Science’ because the  programme of examine. 

Present the next data within the ‘Additional Particulars’ part:  

·        A ‘Private Assertion’ (this can be a necessary area) – add a doc or write an announcement straight in to the applying kind.  

·        The studentship code SNES270 within the ‘Studentship/Partnership Reference’ area  

·        In your analysis proposal – choose ‘Write Proposal’ and kind within the title of the analysis venture from this advert. You don’t want to add a analysis proposal.  

Contact Particulars

Andrew Beard  ([email protected] )

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