Early Stage Researchers – Marie Curie Innovative Doctoral Programme

Imperial College London is recruiting for 13 fully funded PhD studentships (Early Stage Researchers) to work in an EU Marie Curie Innovative Doctoral Programme (IDP) entitled: “NexGenAgriChem”.

The NexGenAgriChem PhD doctoral programme will transform the landscape of rational agrichemical design by offering a unique multidisciplinary PhD training programme for physical scientists, which will stimulate the development of novel tools and technologies able to address challenges that lie at the interface between the agri-sciences and physical sciences.

Each NexGenAgriChem student will be co-supervised by an industry partner from Syngenta, one of the leading specialised agrochemical companies in the world.

This bespoke training programme will enable some of the best young scientists from Europe and overseas to be trained within an internationally renowned multidisciplinary environment.

More information on the programme can be found here.

There is still opportunity to apply for project entitled “New technologies for the quantification of protein copy number and protein-protein interactions in single plant cells” (ref. no:NS2014086AS). Application deadline: 15th May 2014 


• All applicants must have a Physical Sciences background (e.g. Chemistry, Physics, Biophysics, Mathematics, Engineering).
• We would normally expect you to hold a Master's degree in addition to a Bachelor's degree (minimum 2:1 (a UK Upper Second Class Honours degree or its equivalent)).
• Applicants must also have less than 4 years of research experience.
• English language proficiency is essential.
• The positions are only available to applicants who have resided (or carried out work/studies etc.) in the UK for less than 12 months in the last 3 years immediately prior to the start date. Please note that short stays such as holidays are not taken into account.
• Both overseas and EU students are welcome to apply.

Application Procedure:

Preferred method of application is online via this website (please select “job search” then enter the job title or vacancy reference number into “keywords” – vacancy reference number). Please complete and upload an application form as directed. 

Applications must include:

  • A college application form quoting job reference number on the form
  • Degree transcript
  • CV
  • A one page personal statement (explaining your reasons (i) for applying to the NexGenAgriChem programme and (ii) why you wish to apply for the particular PhD project)
  • Contact details of two referees
  • Official TOEFL score-school code (or equivalent)

Early applications are advised.

Students will apply for specific research projects. The list of projects can be found at the following this link.

Short-listed candidates will be invited for interview. Candidates will take part in two interviews: one with the IDP Programme Directors and a second one with the PhD supervisors. The aim of the first is to inform the students of the overall framework of the NextGenAgriChem PhD training programme and assess the students’ suitability for this type of training. The second interview is designed to assess the academic scientific background and quality of the candidate.

Successful candidates will be offered a fixed term employment contract of 36 months, as an Early Stage Researcher, and will be registered as a PhD student at Imperial College.