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Domestication of the Black Soldier Fly

Thanks to a grant from the National Productivity and Investment Fund and the BBSRC the University of Cambridge is able to offer four fully funded PhD’s in the area of artificial intelligence and Data-Driving Economy.

All projects have been created jointly by a University of Cambridge Department or Partner Institute and an Industrial Partner Company.

Successful candidates must be able to start their PhD before the end of December 2018.

Students will become part of the BBSRC DTP cohort offering an extra level of support and training opportunities.  (Watch one of our current BBSRC DTP students talk about his research and the DTP programme on ZooCast: Episode 6)

Candidates should apply by the 30th June 2018, 12 noon. 

Below are the details of the project offered in Zoology.

Stratiomyidae__Hermetia_illucens.jpg by Hectonichus - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, of the Black Soldier Fly

The Black Soldier Fly is used to degrade food waste and produce high-quality animal feed, and this project will study its genome to understand how the species has adapted to life as a domesticated insect.

Prof Chris Jiggins has posted further information about the project on his lab website.  

Supervisors: Primary supervisor: Prof Chris Jiggins (Department of Zoology); Prof Richard Durbin (Department of Genetics);  Miha Pipan, Entomics (Industrial partner)

Requirements and details of how to apply: PhD in Zoology

Funding notes

This is a fully funded PhD with a stipend

Funding rules of BBSRC stipulate that applicants must be UK citizens to receive the full award, EU citizens will receive fees only.


Candidates must meet the University of Cambridge entry requirements.

All applications must be made to the project host department via the University of Cambridge Admissions portal

Deadline for applying: 30th June 2018

There are seven projects in total, with four studentships available.  Details of the other projects can be found here.