Training the food and health scientists of the future is an important part of IFR’s mission. We offer PhD students a stimulating  period of study which prepares them well for a career in academia, industry, government and the research community.

PhD students are hosted in research groups which are headed by world leaders in their ­field, who are supported by postdoctoral scientists and by dedicated technology and analysis platforms such as metabolomics, proteomics and statistics. Students benefit from easy access to the student life at the University of East Anglia (UEA).

IFR is a partner in the Norwich Biosciences Doctoral Training Partnership Programme, which brings together the resources of the world-class research institutions on the Norwich Research Park. The IFR is also a specialised international training centre for EU PhD students and postdoctoral scientists.

Current PhD studentships

Metabolic regulation of inflammation; how energy controls immunity (BERAZA_F17DTP2)

PhD : 4 year Project Inflammation is the hallmark of chronic liver disease and mediates the transition between health and ...
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Carbohydrate utilisation by the beneficial microbiota genus Bifidobacterium for improved health outcomes (WARREN_F17DTP1)

PhD : 4 year Project We are looking for a creative and motivated PhD candidate with a background in microbiology ...
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Molecular variation between strains of non-proteolytic Clostridium botulinum (PECK_F17ICASE)

PhD : 4 year Project An iCASE studentship is available between IFR and the Nestlé Research Center investigating the molecular ...
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How does diet improve metabolic health? Dissecting bioenergetic pathways altered by diet using genomic approaches (TRAKA_F17DTP1)

PhD : 4 year Project Broccoli-rich diets have been associated with reduced risk of developing a range of chronic diseases, ...
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How do commensal bacteria protect against gut infection? (SCHULLER_F17DTP1)

PhD : 4 year Project The human body is populated by trillions of commensal bacteria (microbiota), the majority of which ...
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Self-renewal and differentiation in intestinal stem cells (PIN_F17DTP1)

PhD : 4 year Project We invite applications for a PhD studentship to work with the teams of Dr Carmen ...
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Evolution of chemical diversity within the Brassicales (MITHEN_F17DTP)

PhD : 4 year Project Plants make a diverse range of specialised chemicals in their vegetative and reproductive tissues that ...
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Why do some polyphenols reduce atherosclerosis but others not? (KROON_F17DTP)

PhD : 4 year Project A PhD position is available in the laboratory of Dr Paul Kroon at the Institute ...
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Modulating the microbiota to improve vaccine responses (HALL_F17DTP2)

PhD : 4 year Project We are looking for a creative and motivated PhD candidate to join a dynamic, multi-disciplinary ...
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Feeding the microbiota to improve host health (HALL_F17DTP1)

PhD : 4 year Project We are looking for a creative and motivated PhD candidate to join a dynamic, multi-disciplinary ...
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Computational mining of big biological datasets for optimised bioindustrial pipelines (ROBERTS_F16ICASE)

PhD : 4 year Project Yeasts are hugely important organisms used in beer and bread making. Less well known are ...
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Bacterial indole as an interkingdom signalling molecule promoting gut health (CARDING_F17DTP1)

PhD : 4 year Project The adult human gastrointestinal (GI) tract accommodates a bacterial community that comprises trillions of cells ...
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How does dietary fat improve the uptake of essential lipid-soluble micronutrients (WILDE_F17DTP1)

PhD : 4 year Project Many valuable nutrients such as carotenoids and some vitamins and are more soluble in oils ...
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Why choose the Institute of Food Research?

  • You will join one of our small, dedicated research teams that are managed by supervisors with international reputations in their fields
  • You will be part of the enthusiastic, self-supporting student community at IFR
  • You will become part of a community of over 2,500 scientists working on the Norwich Research Park, a leading centre for research in food, health and the environment.
  • You will benefit from high standards of supervisory practice and mentoring for graduate students, which include IFR’s close links and proximity to the University of East Anglia (UEA)
  • You can enjoy full access to joint courses at UEA designed to develop generic professional skills
  • You will be working and studying in a great environment. The Norwich Research Park boasts 230 hectares of open parkland on the outskirts of the city of Norwich. Norwich itself is a vibrant city, with a superb quality of life, great entertainment, a unique mix of ancient and modern architecture, a top 10 UK shopping centre and good links to London and internationally, via the Norwich International Airport.

Doing a PhD gives students a chance to dedicate themselves to studying important areas of science and health, while obtaining a whole set of skills that should serve them well in their future careers. For a supervisor it is always very rewarding to see the progression of skills and increase in confidence during the PhD-studentship, ultimately leading to the students defending their subject and work during their examination. PhD-students are an important part of IFR, and we do our best to give them everything they need to succeed here, and we are always pleased to see our alumni doing well after leaving the institute.

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