There are currently a number of PhD opportunities within AFBI

Role of vitamin D in the recurrence of bovine tuberculosis (Master's Degree by Research)

About the Project

Funded by the HEA shared Island initiative to drive the formation of new partnerships between research organisations across the Island or Ireland, this novel and exciting 18 month project (for a Master's Degree by Research) is part of an international collaborative network to target bovine tuberculosis between University College Dublin, Queen’s University Belfast and Agri-Food Biosciences Institute.


Innovative methods of identifying toxigenic fungi in Irish cereal grain, to protect human and animal food chains

About the Project

Project aims
The overarching aim is to develop new tools for improved monitoring and prediction of toxigenic fungal and mycotoxin contamination of cereals produced on the Island of Ireland.

Fungal contamination of agricultural commodities by mycotoxigenic fungi represents a huge concern for global food security in terms of feeding the world’s growing population with sufficient and safe food. Not only do these Fusarium fungi reduce crop yield and quality, but they also produce substantial numbers of mycotoxins, which have deleterious effects on human and animal health.  Due to a changing climate, mycotoxigenic fungi infestation of Irish cereal crops pose a greater threat to food safety and security than ever before.

Multi4More project

About the Project

This Scholarship is part of the collaborative DAFM-DAERA-funded Multi4More project. Through a combination of field experiments and plot trials, this research will experimentally manipulate the composition of grassland mixtures, and assess what combinations of species and functional groups are needed to optimise yield, lower N2O emissions and increase overall N use efficiency.

Main activities of this PhD research will include design and maintenance of field and lab experiments; data collection, analysis and interpretation, and; publication of results. The student will develop and apply statistical models to the results from their experiments, and there will be opportunities for travel to visit other laboratories and to attend national and international conferences.