PhD programme

BARIToNE Collaborative Training Partnership

BARIToNE is a £3.6m BBSRC and industry-funded six-year Collaborative Training Partnership led by the Scotch Whisky Research Institute and supported by the James Hutton Institute and the universities of Dundee and Nottingham.

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We are BARIToNE, a Collaborative Training Partnership (CTP) bringing together academic expertise and industrial opportunities.

The Barley Supply chain has come together to form the International Barley Hub (IBH) in order to collaboratively drive research priorities that will impact the sustainability of barley production over the course of this cent. Our lead academic is University of Dundee, recognised as a “global centre of excellence for Life Sciences & Medicine” in the newly released QS World University Rankings by Subject 2022. Our lead industrial partner is the Scotch Whisky Research Institute, the industry's Research & Technology Organisation from 1974, delivering innovation and scientific support to the industry for over 40 years.

We are a multi-partner academic and industry-led PhD programme, including world-renowned scientists from the University of Dundee, Nottingham, and the James Hutton Institute, as well as from 18 industrial partners such as DIAGEO, Glenmorangie, and US-based ABInBEV.

Our BARIToNE doctoral students will train to become the next generation of scientists at the forefront of international barley science. This is possible due to the scientific excellence available across our academic and industrial partners, together with a genuine commitment to develop the personal and transferable skills of each of our students.

Once you become a BARIToNE doctoral student, you will join our supportive and positive research cultures with the opportunity to select collaborative research projects centred around three main themes:

  1. Climate resilience
  2. Reducing inputs
  3. Healthy soils

Please see individual project descriptions for more details on each of our projects as well as for information on the supervisory team and primary location.

What do we offer you?

  • Collaborative PhD projects run by internationally renowned scientists
  • Work placement(s) of 3-6 months in the industry research environment
  • Comprehensive skills training across the entire barley supply and value chain
  • BARIToNE specific training resourced by making use of knowledge and provisions across the academic and industrial partners (Induction events, Intellectual property and Entrepreneurship training, visits to farms, malting sites and many more)
  • A voice in the decision making, representing your peers as BARIToNE Champion

We have a limited number of studentships (12) available with a start date of September 2023. Part-time study is an option for some of the projects (please indicate at time of application).

If you are successful, you will receive a full RCUK stipend (currently £17,668) also covering tuition fees, training, and travel budget. Funding will be available to any successfully appointed International students to help defray costs of VISA and IHS charge. We also offer enhanced support to individuals with primary care responsibilities or disabilities.

Applications now closed

Interviews: February/March 2023

Entry requirements

Applications are welcome from all nationalities and applicants are expected to hold (or be about to achieve) at least a 2:1 Honours degree (or demonstrable equivalent experience) in a relevant subject (e.g. Biology, Genetics, Plant Sciences, Ecology, Soil Science, Computer Sciences etc).

We particularly encourage students from groups that are currently underrepresented in postgraduate science research, including black and minority ethnic (BME) students and those from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds. We are committed to being part of an evolving community of practitioners who will develop and share practice to bring science and culture together, placing both firmly at the heart of what we do.

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