Through our long term research commitment to deliver innovation across strategically important industry sectors, Fera offer a range of PhD studentships to grow the specialist skills base required within the agrifood sector.


Fera works with the Institute for AgriFood and Innovation (IAFRI) to form a targeted PhD training programme to foster emerging talent within this vibrant industry. Through world-leading research activities with industry experts; extensive new solutions, techniques, skills and best practices can be found and utilised effectively within the agrifood sector to achieve ongoing innovation across this diverse industry. Fera Science Ltd has an excellent and long-standing track record of supporting PhD studentships. Working with our extensive network of academic partners, we have for many decades co-sponsored between 20-30 studentships a year.

Current PhDs Opportunities

Value of award

100% tuition fees at UK/EU rate plus an annual stipend of £14,553 (subject to Research Council UK increase for 2018/19 entry).  Successful non-EU international students will be required to make up the difference between the UK/EU fees and international fees.

Number of awards - 6

Start date and duration

September 2018 for three years

Application closing date

Closing date is midnight on Saturday 31 March 2018 (BST). Interviews will take place during April/May 2018.



Six studentships are available (from 10 projects)  based on IAFRI’s current studentship themes.

1/ Environmental fate of molluscicides - challenging the current risk assessment approach

2/ Packaging with nanomaterials from agri-food by-products for shelf life extension of food and feed

3/ Developing DNA-metabarcoding technologies for the nationwide surveillance of pest and beneficial insects

4/Modular, cell-free synthetic gene networks to enable rapid deployment of infield diagnostics for plant health monitoring

5/ Druggability assessment of juvenile hormone receptor PAS-B domain for development of next generation insecticides

6/ Development of a detection system for bioinoculants based on “in situ” metatranscriptomics

7/ Exploring receptor divergence between honey bees and mites to target future treatments

8/Smart Labels for Intelligent Packaging

9/ Characterisation and Performance Of Insect Chitin And Chitosan

10/ Diatom Recording Using Metabarcoding (DRUM)

You will be based at either Newcastle University or Fera Science Ltd in York.

Sponsor IAFRI (A joint venture between Fera Science Ltd and Newcastle University)

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IAFRI PhDs focus on three core research themes:

  • Functional foods
  • Diagnostics and decisions systems for agriculture
  • Risk management tools for the agri-food industry

Our studentship opportunities can be found here

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