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.

See current opportunities below.

PhD Studentship in Agricultural Ecology

Fera and University of Reading offers a PhD Studentship position

Topic: Investigations into the ecology of cabbage stem flea beetle in winter oilseed rape crops

The closing date for applications is 14th August 2017 and application received after this date will not be considered.

The aim of this project is to develop an advanced understanding of the ecology of the pest insect Cabbage Stem Flea Beetle (CSFB) in oilseed rape crops. The current pest pressure on winter oilseed rape is considerable and this has been exacerbated by the withdrawal of pest control treatments (in particular the neonicotinoid insecticides) and the development of insecticide resistance in several insect pests. Due to these changes and several other meterological factors, CSFB is now a major concern for oilseed rape growers. New research is needed into their interaction with modern winter oilseed rape varieties (developed while neonicotinoid pesticides were allowed) along with studies into their natural enemies, the response of this pest to changes in weather patterns and their response to other new agronomic practices.

How to apply:

To apply for this studentship please submit an application for a PhD in Agricultural Ecology at  

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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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