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  Functionalisation of cellulose particles to impart surfactant properties - a project combining organic synthesis and materials chemistry
  Dr J Chen
Application Deadline: 30 September 2019

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A fully funded PhD scholarship is currently available for a student with a interest in both organic synthesis and materials chemistry.
  Decision Automation for Orchards and Vineyards
  Prof A Werner
Applications accepted all year round

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Decision Automation for Orchards and Vineyards is an interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary project on sensing and understanding of high-value fruit canopies in commercial orchards or vineyards to learn and train AI-tools of manual activities from experienced staff with the intention to support decision making of staff and later robots.
  Organic electrosynthesis
  Dr J Sperry
Applications accepted all year round

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PhD Type

The field of chemical synthesis is under constant pressure to produce molecules in a timely, economical and sustainable fashion. In this project we will demonstrate that valuable heterocyclic molecules can be efficiently synthesized in an environmentally friendly manner by simply using electric current.
  Solving electromagnetic inverse scattering problems in the presence of uncertainty
  Dr A Austin
Applications accepted all year round

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Background. Inverse scattering problems arise when electromagnetic waves are used to image ‘hidden’ objects, e.g., buried landmines, underground oil reserves, or tumours in the body.
  CFD of atmospheric re-entry
  Dr J Cater, Dr N Rattenbury
Applications accepted all year round

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The Faculties of Science and Engineering are jointly developing a space systems programme at The University of Auckland. This cross-disciplinary effort has brought together engineers and scientists interested in growing New Zealand’s expertise in space mission design, satellite construction and space science.
  Small satellite micro-thrusters - developing the existing Pocket Rocket thruster to create a satellite-ready unit
  Dr J Cater, Dr N Rattenbury
Applications accepted all year round

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The University of Auckland is developing micro-thruster systems for small and nano satellites. We are looking for a PhD candidate to work on creating new and developing existing thruster systems that are suitable for use within constrained satellite mass, volume and power budgets.
  Analysis and management of design margin in complex product development
  Dr D Wynn
Applications accepted all year round

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Engineering products are typically overdesigned relative to their minimum requirements. The amount of overdesign is described as "margin".
  Intelligent Human-Robot Collaboration for Smart Factory
  Dr Y Lu
Applications accepted all year round

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Recent advances in sensing, computational intelligence, and big data analytics have been rapidly transforming and revolutionizing the manufacturing industry towards robot-rich and digitally connected factories.
  Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality to support engineering product development by improved communication of advanced design information
  Dr D Wynn
Applications accepted all year round

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This project will concern application of virtual/augmented reality to support collaborative product development.
  High-Tc Superconductor Research for Space Satellites
  Dr N Rattenbury, Dr J Cater
Applications accepted all year round

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The Faculties of Science and Engineering are jointly developing a space systems programme at The University of Auckland. This cross-disciplinary effort has brought together engineers and scientists interested in growing New Zealand’s expertise in space mission design, satellite construction and space science.
  Optical Communications for Small Satellites
  Dr N Rattenbury, Dr J Cater
Applications accepted all year round

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The Faculties of Science and Engineering are jointly developing a space systems programme at The University of Auckland.
  PhD on nonlinear optics and laser physics in passive resonators
  Dr M Erkintalo, Assoc Prof S. G. Murdoch
Application Deadline: 28 November 2019

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PhD Type

A fully funded PhD studentship is available starting as soon as possible to work on nonlinear optics in passive resonators. The resonant enhancement of laser light launched into an optical cavity can be leveraged to increase the strength of nonlinear light-matter interactions.
  New Dimensions in Cannabinoid Receptor 2 Therapeutic Development: Exploring Spatial and Temporal Signalling Bias
  Dr N Grimsey
Applications accepted all year round

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Compounds derived from Cannabis sativa, termed “cannabinoids”, primarily exert their effects via two G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs), Cannabinoid Receptors 1 and 2 (CB1 and CB2).
  Adult outcomes after antenatal steroids
  Prof JE Harding, Prof CA Crowther
Applications accepted all year round

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The Liggins Institute at the University of Auckland has PhD projects assessing adult outcomes after antenatal steroids. Steroids given to women at risk of preterm birth markedly reduce the risk of serious illness in their newborn babies.
  Childhood outcomes after early nutritional interventions
  Prof JE Harding, Dr C McKinlay, Dr JA Brown, Assoc Prof T Wouldes
Applications accepted all year round

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The Liggins Institute at the University of Auckland has a PhD project assessing childhood outcomes after early nutritional trials.
  Visual and brain development in children with early risk factors
  Prof JE Harding, Prof B Thompson
Applications accepted all year round

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A PhD position in the area of children’s visual development is available within the University of Auckland, New Zealand in collaboration with the University of Waterloo, Canada.
  Structure/function studies of component proteins of anti-feeding prophage (Afp), a bacteriophage tail-like particle using high-resolution cryo-EM and x-ray crystallography
  Prof A Mitra
Applications accepted all year round

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We are seeking a highly motivated candidate to carry out structure/function studies of component proteins of anti-feeding prophage (Afp), a bacteriophage tail-like particle using high-resolution cryo-EM and x-ray crystallography.
  Investigating the environmental factors historic marine heat waves
  Dr M Bowen
Application Deadline: 1 October 2019

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The project will identify historic marine heat waves from a large archive of high-resolution satellite sea surface temperature data and investigate the environmental factors causing them.The student will be based at the University of Auckland and working with a team from MetOcean, NIWA, and University of Otago.
  High Pressure Enzymology
  Dr L Schneider
Application Deadline: 31 December 2019

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Pressure (up to 400 bar) significantly alters the thermal stability and kinetics of enzyme reactions.
  Natural product-inspired fragments
  Dr D Foley
Applications accepted all year round

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Key words. drug discovery; natural products; medicinal chemistry. Motivated international and New Zealand-based candidates are invited to apply for a PhD Scholarship to investigate the synthesis and biological evaluation of a natural product-inspired fragment collection.
  High-resolution Imaging of Near-Earth Objects and Space Debris: Real-Time Atmospheric Tomographic Signal Processing
  Dr SJ Waddell, Dr R Clare
Applications accepted all year round

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The research project is concerned with development and implementation of signal and image processing algorithms for predicting a distortion function when viewing an artificial satellite or large space debris objects thorough atmospheric turbulence and with the aid of a 60 cm to 100 cm optical telescope.
  Ubiquitin binding and the assembly of ubiquitin chains
  Dr C Day
Applications accepted all year round

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A talented PhD candidate interested in studying the biochemical properties of ubiquitin E3-ligases is being recruited to join Catherine Day’s laboratory in the Biochemistry Department, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand.
  Sensory perception in control of mammalian life-history
  Dr M Garratt
Applications accepted all year round

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Life history theory is built on the assumption that there are trade-offs between life-history traits, such as between early and late-life reproduction, and between reproduction and lifespan.
  Sex hormone actions in frailty and health during ageing
  Dr M Garratt
Applications accepted all year round

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It is well established that testosterone and estrogens can influence ageing, with hormone administration improving physical function, muscle and bone strength in some cohorts of the elderly.
  Synthesis of Carbon-rich Molecular Materials
  Dr N Lucas
Applications accepted all year round

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New carbon-rich molecular materials, based on well-defined nanographenes and other novel polyaromatic architectures, will be rationally synthesised to better understand structure-property relationships.
  Modelling wave-induced sea ice breakup on small and large scales
  Dr F Montiel
Applications accepted all year round

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Sea ice is a key component of the climate system, which is experiencing significant changes as a consequence of global warming. The rapidly decreasing sea ice extent in the Arctic Ocean means solar radiations are increasingly being absorbed into the ocean, causing further melting and weakening of the sea ice cover.
  Stress responses in the diabetic heart: Effects of exercise training and glycaemic control
  Dr C Baldi
Applications accepted all year round

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The diabetic heart, even before developing disease, has impaired relaxation and contractility. These changes limit the work capacity of the heart (maximal cardiac output) and limit the functional capacity of people with diabetes.
  Development of Micro/Nanofabricated Anti-icing Surfaces
  Dr S Lowrey
Applications accepted all year round

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A PhD position is available in the experimental development of anti-icing surfaces. This position will be hosted by The University of Otago's Department of Physics and will be carried out in Prof.
  Central modulation of cardiac Sympathetic Nerve Activity following acute MI
  Dr D Schwenke
Applications accepted all year round

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The majority of people that suffer a heart attack (acute myocardial infarction; MI) die within the first few hours following the MI.
  Changes in cerebral blood flow trigger an increase in sympathetic nerve activity – implications following acute myocardial infarction
  Dr D Schwenke
Applications accepted all year round

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Heart function is controlled by the sympathetic nervous system. Following a heart attack (myocardial infarction. MI), cardiac sympathetic nerve activity (cSNA) becomes dangerously elevated, triggering irregular heartbeats (arrhythmias) that often prove fatal.
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