PhD Studentships in Value Chain Analysis, UK

Job Description: Kent Business School (KBS) invites applications for a full time research studentship leading to the degree of PhD commencing in June 2010. Kent Business School is the business and management department of the University of Kent. Over the last five years the School has experienced a major shift in research culture and undergone considerable expansion appointing over 19 senior research-active academics. In the 2008 RAE, 55% of our research was classified as “world leading and internationally excellent” and the Business School leapt from the middle of the RAE table to the top third of all UK Business Schools.

The School has a fully dedicated staff of 58 academics with international expertise and research backgrounds from 20 countries. The School currently has nearly 80 research students of which over half are from the EU or UK. PhD students attend a rich and varied programme of research and business seminars and participation in a yearly Poster Competition.

Applications are invited for an EU-funded full-time PhD Research Studentship to work on a project using Value Chain Analysis to examine the competitiveness of agrifood food supply chains in Mediterranean Partner Countries. The successful applicant will normally be expected to hold either a 2:1 or First class honours degree or a Master degree from a suitable scientific background (e.g. agricultural economics, economics, agri-food marketing, food science). Applications will be assessed on previous academic achievements and the quality of their application. Excellent written and verbal communication skills are essential.

The funding will pay for Home/EU fees and a maintenance grant of approximately £12-£14k per year.
How to Apply

Applications should be sent to Ms Claire Baldock, Research Secretary, Kent Business School, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent CT2 7PE, telephone 01227 823009, e-mail [email protected] quoting VCA PhD Studentship in the e-mail subject.

Applications will not be considered unless they contain the following information and in the first instance should be sent electronically:

* Either a 500 word research proposal related to Value Chain Analysis or a cover letter explaining the reason why the panel should consider your application. Please ensure that past academic success is detailed.
* Curriculum Vitae (CV)
* Official transcript of your most recent degree
* Two academic references from an institution you have studied.
* Any English qualifications obtained.
* A copy of the photo ID pages in your current passport.

Informal enquiries may be directed to:

Dr Marian Garcia, Kent Business School, Academic Programme Lead, by e-mail: [email protected]

Completed applications must be received no later than: Friday, 11th June 2010

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