BullNet Doctoral Network Position, University of Nottingham, UK

Research Associate/Research Fellow at University of Nottingham, UK

BullNet Doctoral Network Position The University of Nottingham is offering a PhD position within the BullNet Doctoral Network. This opportunity focuses on research to monitor bull fertility using post-testicular maturation markers. The position offers a comprehensive training program, including workshops, seminars, and secondment opportunities.

BullNet Doctoral Network Position – Post-testicular Maturation Markers to Monitor Bull Fertility

Summary Table

DesignationPhD Position
Research AreaBiological Sciences » Biological Engineering
LocationUniversity of Nottingham, United Kingdom
EligibilityMaster’s Degree in relevant field, fluent in English, knowledge in reproductive physiology, molecular techniques
Job Description36-month research project on bull fertility markers
How to ApplyEmail application to bullnet@ul.ie with required documents
Last Date to Apply1 July 2024

Designation PhD Position

Research Area Biological Sciences » Biological Engineering

Location University of Nottingham, United Kingdom


  • Master’s degree in Animal Science, Veterinary Science, Biological Science, or aligned field.
  • Understanding of male reproductive physiology.
  • Knowledge of molecular and cell biological techniques.
  • Experience with proteomics and gene expression analysis is desirable.
  • Fluency in English (minimum IELTS score 6.5).

Job Description This PhD position involves:

  • Developing methods to assess epididymal biomarkers of post-testicular sperm maturation in mature bulls.
  • Comparing the post-testicular sperm proteome from pubertal development to sexual maturity and after nutritional modulation.
  • Studying the regulation of the bovine epididymal secretome using primary cell culture.
  • Monitoring the role of INSL3, its receptor RXFP2, and related hormones in the epididymis and their influence on semen quality.

The position includes participation in network-wide training events and secondment opportunities.

How to Apply Applications must be submitted in English and include:

  1. Cover letter (max 500 words) explaining suitability for the position.
  2. Curriculum vitae (max 3 pages).
  3. Transcripts of B.Sc. and M.Sc. courses, including grades.
  4. One written academic reference.

If the Master’s Degree has not been obtained by the application closing date, a declaration from the supervisor or university official confirming degree completion by 1st September 2024 must be included.

Send the application documents in a single PDF to bullnet@ul.ie with the subject line: “BullNet: application for DC13”. Incomplete or ineligible applications will not be considered.

Last Date to Apply 1 July 2024



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