ACCE DTP PhD opportunities at University of Liverpool

Below you will find a list of projects available for study at University of Liverpool. Applications should be made via the institution portal, see below. 

The ACCE application system is a little different from other PhD programmes. We strongly recommend that you read the How to Apply and Application Tips webpage to understand what we are looking for at ACCE and how to make your application. 

In brief:

– Contact potential supervisors before submitting an application. 

– You can apply for more than one project 

– You must include your completed ACCE personal statement proforma as an attachment/in the section requesting a cover letter/supporting statement/personal statement (note that what it is called and how it is submitted depends on the institution you are applying to). 


The online application system is here:

Click on Apply Online Now. You will need to create an account, then go to Application for Admission. Complete all categories. Below are some helpful notes.

Academic Information 1

In Admission Term, apply for 2022-23 entry

In Application Type, select Research Degree (MPhil/PhD/MD) – Full time

In Programme of Study, select Biological Sciences, Doctor in Philosophy (PhD). Note that this is for the purposes of the application, and is not the final programme title, should your application progress.

Research Degree Additional Information

In Supervisors, you can add the primary supervisor name/s for the project/s you are interested in

In Research Project or Topic, add the project title/s you are interested in

In Are you applying for a studentship within an RCUK Centre for Doctoral Training? Tick Yes

The Proposed Start Date is October 2022

Supporting Information

Upload your CV and supporting statement here


There is no need to upload references here as we will request these on your behalf. Please insert the names and contact details of your referees in the application form.

Other information

In Do you already have funding in place? Tick No

In If you have been awarded funding or you are applying for funding (sponsorship, scholarship, studentship or award), please provide details insert Studentship

In If you have selected studentship, please indicate the type of studentship (eg University of Liverpool Studentship) and provide the reference number of this studentship enter NERC ACCE DTP PhD STUDENTSHIP – this is very important

PLEASE NOTE THAT ONCE YOU HAVE SUBMITTED AN APPLICATION, YOU MUST EMAIL to inform us that you have done so.  We require this email to ensure your application is tracked on time so it is critical that you email us. 


Closing date for applications is 14th January 2022

Dr Stuart Wigby – Diet and thermal limits: eating for survival and fertility.

Prof Greg Hurst – Defence evolution under protective symbiosis: how do nuclear and symbiont defences interact?

Dr Jenny Hodgson – The success of strategic restoration for pollinator connectivity.

Dr Stephen Cornell – Exploring the incentivisation and biodiversity returns of treescapes using agent based models.

Dr Liam Dougherty – How does the environment impact female control of fertilisation?

Dr Andrea Betancourt – The impact of range expansions on genomic parasitism in Lepidoptera.

Dr Tom Price – Does meiotic drive cause speciation?

Prof Steve Paterson – Immune system diversity and evolution in natural populations.

Dr Ben Makepeace – Rat diversity and anthropization of the natural environment in South-East Asia.

Dr Sharon Zytynska – Eco-evolutionary dynamics of soil microbiomes for crop health.

Dr Caroline Millins – Assessing the changing risk of tick-borne diseases within woodland creation projects.

Dr Stewart Plaistow – The Evolution of Maternal effects in Daphnia.

Prof Mark Viney – Population genomics of the parasitic nematode Strongyloides.

Dr Jakob Bro-Jorgensen – Hindcasting faunal distributions in the holocene to understand interactions between ancient societies, biodiversity and climate.

Dr Daniel Canniffe – Oxygenic photosynthesis in desert environments driven by far-red light.

Dr Howbeer Muhamad Ali – Transgenerational effects of pollutants: the role of the egg.

Dr Karl Bates – Function, ecology and macroevolution of the mammalian masticatory system.

Dr Ariel Camp – Mechanics and motion of fused vertebrae during feeding in fish.

Dr Alan Cartmell – Microbial evolution to environmental change: The response of a model Bacteroidetes community to the challenge of novel polysaccharide energy sources.


The online application system is here:

Click on Apply Online Now. You will need to create and account, then go to Application for Admission. Complete all categories. Below are some helpful notes.

Select School of Environmental Sciences.

Closing date for applications is 14th January 2022

Dr Joshua Dean – Can we reduce methane emissions to the atmosphere using methane oxidising microbes found in urban environments?

Dr Rachel Jeffreys – Climate change in the deep sea: assessing the resilience of deep-sea communities.

Prof Kate Parr – Exploring the unintended consequences of zero-deforestation oil palm.

Dr Samantha Patrick – Can polar seabirds really adapt to climate change?

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