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Improving dairy cow health, performance and feed efficiency by supplying essential oils in a slow release bolus

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Location:  Newport, Shropshire TF10 8NB
Salary:  As per advert
Post Type:  Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed Term - Up to 36 months
Closing Date:  23.59 hours BST on Friday 25 June 2021
Reference:  RD-PHD-51LS

PhD Studentship (36 months funding)

Improving dairy cow health, performance and feed efficiency by supplying essential oils in a slow release bolus

Harper Adams University (HAU) has the above research studentship available in the Department of Agriculture and Environment, Division of Animal Production Science.  The project will be supervised by Prof. Liam Sinclair and Dr. Sandy Mackenzie. 

Applications should be made through the HAU website: where further details of the project can also be found.

The deadline for uploading completed applications is 5 pm UK time on Friday 25th June 2021. 

Further information can be found on the HAU website at and on the research training provided and PhD progression requirements in the Postgraduate Research Students Handbook at:

For informal enquiries on the project, applicants may contact the Director of Studies, Professor Liam Sinclair 

The studentship includes tuition, bench and writing up fees and a tax-free stipend at the UKRI rate for 2021/2022 (£15,609 per annum). The studentship only covers fees for Home PhD students (UK, Ireland, Isle of Man & Channel Isles Students).

All applicants must have a minimum of an upper second class UK honours degree, or equivalent, in Biochemistry, Animal Sciences, Molecular Biology or a related biological science or an MSc degree in Biochemistry, Animal Sciences or related biological sciences.  Applicants are also expected to have a good knowledge of dairy cow nutrition/forages, biology, biochemistry and nutrition.  A good working knowledge of statistics and statistical analysis software is also required.  This project will give training and experience in dairy cow nutrition, feed evaluation and formulation. Consequently, there will be good future job prospects in this area within the UK and elsewhere.

A minimum level of competency in English is required. Where necessary, applicants need to be classed as an overall IELTS grade 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component.  Please see the following link with regard to English Language requirements:

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Harper Adams University is one of the premier UK Higher Education Institutions focused on the land-based and food supply chain sector.

With 2800 undergraduate students, plus those completing postgraduate, research and CPD programmes, Harper Adams is the UK's largest single provider of higher education for these subjects.  Programmes fall into eleven broad subject areas – but none operate in isolation. Community and collaboration are key at Harper Adams, meaning everyone, including staff, students and industry partners, benefits from a close network of knowledge and opportunity exchange

Situated in Shropshire, the campus and the surrounding area provide an excellent working and living environment for staff and students alike.

Harper Adams is consistently positioned highly in a range of national ratings, performance measures and league tables. Its current graduate employment rate is 98% (the joint top rating in England) and student satisfaction stands at 93% (National Student Survey 2017).

Harper Adams is ranked as the UK’s Best Modern University by the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018; was named University of the Year in the 2016 and 2017 Whatuni Student Choice Awards and holds a Gold (highest level) award from the Government’s Teaching Excellence Framework.

In 2018 Harper Adams University will receive the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Further and Higher Education, part of the UK honours system.

Applied research is at the heart of the university’s activity, with the work of a thriving academic community underpinning both teaching and work with the industries allied to Harper. The 2014 Government Research Excellence Framework rated all of the university’s research as “of international quality”, and more than half was deemed “world leading” or “internationally excellent”. 



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