The SENSIBLE programme will provide both 4-month and 3-year training Fellowships in the School of Biological Sciences (SBS) at the University of Liverpool, one of Europe's leading bioscience research universities. Early-stage researchers (ESRs) from across Europe will train in interdisciplinary post-genomic technologies that are revolutionising biological research (including transcriptomics, proteomics, bioinformatics and imaging) and specifically their application to the analysis of sensing and the biological response to the environment in plants. This area is of fundamental importance to Europe's leading industrial and socio-economic sectors, agri-food and health, for the development of sustainable agriculture, safe food and plant-based health products.
SENSIBLE comprises a novel and innovative 4-6 month training course, incorporating techniques workshops, problem-based learning groups and mini research projects, backed by complementary training in teamwork, personal development, career and project management, communication skills and ethics delivered through Liverpool's Graduate Schools Skills Programme. Three-year Fellows will advance to a PhD programme in post-genomic analysis of plant-environment interactions in the Integrative Biology Research Group in SBS, with ongoing scientific and complementary training elements. Short-term (6-month) Fellowships will provide research training in post-genomic technologies for ESRs seconded from elsewhere in Europe. All Fellows will work together as an integrated group, supported by research group leaders as scientific mentors, in a dynamic research environment with international and industrial collaborations.
SENSIBLE will form a focus for the strengthening of a European network of contacts and collaborations in post-genomic technologies applied to plant sciences, as short-term Fellows return to their home laboratories, and 3-year Fellows develop into independent researchers and disseminate their skills within the ERA.
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