KESS 2 Scholarships

1. KESS 2 PhD Scholarship: 

Tomato early blight - identification of genetic sources of resistance to Alternaria solani

Location: Bangor University, School of Natural Sciences

 

Project ID: BUK2169

Annual Stipend: £14,628

Application Deadline: 17 June 2019

 

We are offering an opportunity to learn plant pathology and work with industry partners (Burpee NL and the Sarvari Research Trust) to evaluate the genetics of resistance of tomato to early blight. This destructive disease is becoming more common in tomatoes, so to avoid greater fungicide use, this project will seek natural sources of resistance in tomato that can be bred into cultivars. Fungal cultures of Alternaria will be maintained and used to inoculate a range of tomato and potato genotypes. Infected leaves will be analysed microscopically to investigate disease severity. Genetic mapping of infection levels will be carried out in a tomato mapping population and training will be given in R/qtl for analysis. Field and greenhouse work will be done at Bangor University and there will be opportunities to work with the industry partners in the UK and the Netherlands. The project will start as soon as a suitable candidate is identified. For further information please contact Dr Katherine Steele (k.a.steele@bangor.ac.uk).

 

To apply for this studentship, please email a CV and a covering letter to k.a.steele@bangor.ac.uk and cc to Dr Penny Dowdney p.j.dowdney@bangor.ac.uk. Closing date for applications is 17/6/2019. Successful applicants are expected to start the degree on 01/10/2019, tough an earlier start date could be discussed.

 

Supervisors: Dr Katherine Steele (Bangor University); Henk van Der Velde (Director of Research and Development at Burpee NL); Dr David Shaw (Sarvari Research Trust)

 

Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships (KESS 2) is a pan-Wales higher level skills initiative led by Bangor University on behalf of the HE sector in Wales. It is part funded by the Welsh Government’s European Social Fund (ESF) convergence programme for West Wales and the Valleys.

 

Due to ESF funding, eligibility restrictions apply to this scholarship. To be eligible, the successful candidate will need to be resident in the Convergence Area of Wales on University registration, and must have the right to work in the region on qualification. 

 

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2. KESS 2 Masters by Research Scholarship: 

Molecular Medicine

Bangor North West Cancer Research Institute, School of Medical Sciences, Bangor University

 

Project ID: BUK2176

Annual Stipend: £11,702

Application Deadline: 7/6/2019

 

A competitive KESS2 studentship is available to an excellent student to fund a Research Masters (MRes) degree in Molecular Medicine. The studentship provides a stipend of £11,702 and additionally covers the Bangor University registration fees and bench fees.

 

The Master of Research (MRes) degree in Molecular Medicine uses a multi-disciplinary, research-based approach to teach students the skills needed to pursue a research career in academia, industry or research institutes. The programme consists of a 60 credit taught element, which includes a choice of modules (e.g. Human Molecular Genetics; Human Immunology and Disease; Stem Cells, Disease and Therapy). In preparation for the Research Project (120 credits), students will follow the Research Skills module (which includes writing a literature review, attending research seminars, etc.), and can choose between two intense practical modules, Laboratory Molecular Research or Molecular Diagnostics. The main emphasis of the degree is on the Research Project. This is worth 120 credits, significantly more than in a typical taught Masters degree. The project will be performed under direct supervision of a research group leader in one of the well-equipped laboratories of the Bangor North West Cancer Research Institute at the School of Medical Sciences.

 

Successful applicants are expected to participate in fund raising and public engagement activities of North West Cancer Research (http://nwcr.org/) and the Bangor NWCR Institute.

 

Applicants are expected to hold a BSc degree equivalent to a UK 2.2 in a relevant subject. To apply for this studentship, please email a CV, a degree transcript, a cover letter detailing your motivation and experience with research and one reference letter to e.hartsuiker@bangor.ac.uk and cc to Dr Penny Dowdney p.j.dowdney@bangor.ac.uk. Closing date for applications is 7/6/2019. Successful applicants are expected to start the degree on 23/9/2019. For enquiries please email e.hartsuiker@bangor.ac.uk.

 

 

Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships (KESS 2) is a pan-Wales higher level skills initiative led by Bangor University on behalf of the HE sector in Wales. It is part funded by the Welsh Government’s European Social Fund (ESF) convergence programme for West Wales and the Valleys.

 

Due to ESF funding, eligibility restrictions apply to this scholarship. To be eligible, the successful candidate will need to be resident in the Convergence Area of Wales on University registration, and must have the right to work in the region on qualification. 

 

www.kess2.ac.uk

 

3. KESS 2 Masters by Research Scholarship: 

Welsh Ontology of Family Law

Bangor University, Canolfan Bedwyr’s Language Technologies Unit along with the Law School 

Annual fee: £11,313

Application deadline: 11 April 2019

Available to start as soon as possible

This is an advertisement for an MRes scholarship for a Welsh Ontology of Family Law, for which the ability to speak Welsh is essential.

I ddarllen disgrifiad y prosiect yn Gymraeg ewch i: http://kess2.ac.uk/cy/ontoleg-cyfraith-teulu-ar-gymraeg/

A one-year scholarship is offered for a Research or MRes Master’s degree on the subject of “Standardising Family Law Terms in Welsh via Ontology”. This project is part funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) convergence programme and it is also backed by the project’s external partner, HM Courts and Tribunals Service.

Background:  The aim will be to research into core concepts and key terms in a specific area of Family Law in Wales, and prepare a bilingual ontology. The intention will be to help improve communication in Welsh and English. This will be done by studying the corresponding terms in both languages, and offering standardised Welsh terms for the English terms.  The results of the project will be useful in implementing Family Law through the medium of Welsh and English in family courts in Wales. 

The successful applicant will have the opportunity to follow relevant modules in Family Law and/or Language according to further training requirements.

Academic Supervisors:

The supervisors will be Delyth Prys from Canolfan Bedwyr’s Language Technologies Unit, and Hayley Roberts and Marie Parker from the Law School. There will also be an opportunity to work with an Industrial Supervisor from HM Courts and Tribunals Service, and to shadow employees at the Courts Service at work.

The student will work at Canolfan Bedwyr’s Language Technologies Unit, and will register at the Law School, Bangor University for examination and academic purposes.

Essential qualifications:

Applicants must have a first class or 2:1 degree in a relevant subject (Law, Welsh or another modern language etc). All the better if they have evidence of previous interest in the area, such as a relevant research project as part of a degree course.

To apply:

To apply for this scholarship, please send the following to Delyth Prys, Hayley Roberts and Dr Penny Dowdney by no later than 11 April 2019. Further information about the KESS 2 Scholarship is available on  http://kess2.ac.uk/students/

1. A letter applying for the KESS 2 scholarship, including a personal statement (100 - 500 words) regarding your interests and relevant research skills (list all your relevant skills, e.g. computer skills, relevant experience, title and a brief description of research project you have been involved with, etc).
2. The names and contact details of two referees who will be able to comment on your suitability to participate in a post-graduate research programme.

3. A copy of your current CV.

The closing date for e-mail applications is 11 April 2019. You should also send a signed paper copy to:

Delyth Prys
Language Technologies Unit
Canolfan Bedwyr
Bangor University                            
Bangor                                            
Gwynedd                                        
LL57 2DG

d.prys@bangor.ac.uk                         

Hayley Roberts
Law School
Bangor University                             
Bangor                                            
Gwynedd                                        
LL57 2DG

hayley.roberts@bangor.ac.uk

Dr Penny Dowdney
KESS 2 Wales Manager

Doctoral School

Bangor University                            
Bangor                                            
Gwynedd                                        
LL57 2DG
 

p.j.dowdney@bangor.ac.uk

For further details, contact:
Delyth Prys; tel: +44 1248 382800; e-mail d.prys@bangor.ac.uk
Hayley Roberts; tel: +44 1248 388884; e-mail hayley.roberts@bangor.ac.uk

 Conditions of the scholarship

To be eligible, applicants must live in the convergence area (West Wales and the Valleys) when they apply, and they should have the right to work in the region when qualifying. 

 Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships (KESS) is a pan-Wales higher level skills initiative led by Bangor University on behalf of the Higher Education sector in Wales.   It is part funded by the Welsh Government’s European Social Fund (ESF) convergence programme for West Wales and the Valleys.

 

4. KESS 2 Masters by Research Scholarship: 

Enhanced utilisation of embedded RFID technology with bio-based materials

Bangor University and the Biocomposites Centre

Project ID: BUK2160

Annual Stipend: £11,472

Application Deadline: 30/11/18

Project Description:

We are looking for a graduate with experience in materials science to work on an exciting and industry relevant project whilst gaining a Masters by Research qualification. The successful applicant will work with scientists from the BioComposites Centre – an industry focused centre within Bangor University and with RFIDdirect - a specialist supplier of Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology within the European market.  The company is based in Mold, Flintshire and in Kleve, Germany and  specialises in quality product applications and solutions designed to tackle common production and logistical chain issues to speed up business cycles across a range of sectors, from manufacturing and retail, to healthcare and horticulture.

Passive UHF RFID technology uses propagation coupling where a reader antenna emits electromagnetic energy (radio waves). The tag gathers energy from the reader antenna, and the microchip uses the energy to change the load on the antenna and reflects back an altered signal. This is called backscatter. This signal can be read by appropriate receivers and provide information on identification and position. The backscatter can be influenced by the moisture and temperature changes, and pressure on the antenna.

The company require information on how moisture within wood and wood-based materials affects the backscatter signal of RFID technology. The project will therefore, develop an understanding of how environmental conditions affect materials and how this in turn affects the operation and reliability of embedded RFID technology. This will help the company implement critical identification and logistical applications for a range of products.

This funded Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarship (KESS) project will be supervised by Dr Simon Curling from the Biocomposites Centre at Bangor University and by Frits Van Calker of RFIDdirect. The funding includes a generous travel and equipment budget.

We welcome applications from UK / EU residents for a January 2019 start.

How to apply:

Send a covering letter and CV to Dr Simon Curling (s.curling@bangor.ac.uk) cc to Dr. Penny Dowdney (p.j.dowdney@bangor.ac.uk) by 30th November 2018

Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships (KESS 2) is a pan-Wales higher level skills initiative led by Bangor University on behalf of the HE sector in Wales. It is part funded by the Welsh Government’s European Social Fund (ESF) convergence programme for West Wales and the Valleys.

Due to ESF funding, eligibility restrictions apply to this scholarship. To be eligible, the successful candidate will need to be resident in the Convergence Area of Wales on University registration, and must have the right to work in the region on qualification. 

5.KESS 2 Masters by Research Scholarship: 

Enhanced composite nuclear fuel design and manufacture

Bangor University – Nuclear Futures Institute

Project ID: BUK2183

Annual Stipend: £11,586

Application Deadline: 30th November 2018

Accident tolerant fuels – fuels that are currently being developed that can withstand incidents such as those faced by reactors in eastern Japan in 2011 are of significant importance to the nuclear energy industry. The research into accident tolerant fuels represents the largest set of new materials investigations in the industry for over half a century. Composite fuels represent a class of accident tolerant fuels that an not only be safer to operate but provide significant improvements to fuel cycle costs – simultaneously improving the economic viability of nuclear power along with improving its safety.

This project will be part of the international CARAT collaboration investigating accident tolerant fuels with universities and national laboratories from all around the globe – sponsored by Westinghouse Electric Company.

The project will focus on designing, modelling and producing new nuclear fuel concepts for the industry that out-perform the current UO2-based fuels in terms of performance and safety. The project will be a combination of atomic scale and neutronic simulations, as well as targeted experimental investigations in the new facilities at the Nuclear Futures Institute at Bangor University. The project sponsor: Westinghouse Electric, will be very involved with the project allowing the MRes candidate to gain significant experience in not only nuclear fuels research but also experience in the overall nuclear energy industry.

 We are targeting highly motivated individuals who see themselves playing a leading role in the UK’s nuclear energy programme. A background in materials science, physics, chemistry or related subject is preferred.

 To apply for this studentship, please email a CV, a degree transcript and a cover letter detailing your motivation and experience to Dr Simon Middleburgh s.middleburgh@bangor.ac.uk  and cc to Dr Penny Dowdney p.j.dowdney@bangor.ac.uk. Closing date for applications is 30/11/2018. For enquiries please email s.middleburgh@bangor.ac.uk.

Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships (KESS 2) is a pan-Wales higher level skills initiative led by Bangor University on behalf of the HE sector in Wales. It is part funded by the Welsh Government’s European Social Fund (ESF) convergence programme for West Wales and the Valleys.

Due to ESF funding, eligibility restrictions apply to this scholarship. To be eligible, the successful candidate will need to be resident in the Convergence Area of Wales on University registration, and must have the right to work in the region on qualification. 

6.KESS 2 Masters by Research Scholarship: 

Advanced Nuclear Alloy Performance

Bangor University – Nuclear Futures Institute

Project ID: BUK2184

Annual Stipend: £11,586

Application Deadline: 30th November 2018

New zirconium alloys are being designed for operation in light water reactors including the proposed new build on Anglesey – Wylfa Newydd. The project will be part of the international MUZIC programme, gaining a mechanistic understanding of zirconium corrosion – with other universities including University of Manchester, Imperial College London, the University of Oxford, Penn State University and international national laboratories.

The project will focus on gaining a mechanistic understanding of how oxidation in these new alloys proceeds in a mechanistic manner – including the effects of radiation and extreme temperatures. The project will be a combination of atomic scale simulation of these alloys as well as targeted experimental investigations in the new facilities at the Nuclear Futures Institute at Bangor University. The project sponsor: Westinghouse Electric, will be very involved with the project allowing the MRes candidate to gain significant experience in not only nuclear materials research but also experience in the overall nuclear energy industry.

We are targeting highly motivated individuals who see themselves playing a leading role in the UK’s nuclear energy programme. A background in materials science, physics, chemistry or related subject is preferred.

To apply for this studentship, please email a CV, a degree transcript and a cover letter detailing your motivation and experience to Dr Simon Middleburgh s.middleburgh@bangor.ac.uk  and cc to Dr Penny Dowdney p.j.dowdney@bangor.ac.uk. Closing date for applications is 30/11/2018. For enquiries please email s.middleburgh@bangor.ac.uk.

Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships (KESS 2) is a pan-Wales higher level skills initiative led by Bangor University on behalf of the HE sector in Wales. It is part funded by the Welsh Government’s European Social Fund (ESF) convergence programme for West Wales and the Valleys.

Due to ESF funding, eligibility restrictions apply to this scholarship. To be eligible, the successful candidate will need to be resident in the Convergence Area of Wales on University registration, and must have the right to work in the region on qualification. 

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