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Exploring the synthesis and biological value of natural product-inspired compounds

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round
  • Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Competition Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

Project Description

Key words: natural products; organic synthesis; medicinal chemistry; drug discovery

Motivated international and New Zealand-based candidates are invited to apply for a University of Canterbury Doctoral Scholarship to investigate the synthesis and biological value of natural product-inspired compound collections.

The project will be based in the brand new research laboratories of the School of Physical and Chemical Sciences at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand ( and will be supervised by Dr Daniel Foley (; The project will primarily concern the design, chemical synthesis, purification and characterisation of natural product-inspired small molecules.

Candidates must hold a Masters in chemistry (or a closely related discipline), will have completed a practical multi-step organic chemistry project within the past two years, and will have a particular interest in using synthetic organic chemistry to solve problems relating to drug discovery, understanding biology, and/or solving environmental challenges.

To apply, please contact Dr Foley (). Your application should include:

1. A covering letter, detailing your research background and interest in the project.

2. Your full CV, detailing your academic qualifications, and contact details for three academic/industrial referees.

3. Your academic transcripts and, if necessary, an English language proficiency document.

Funding Notes

Applicants must be eligible for admission to the PhD programme at the University of Canterbury, and need to apply for and be awarded a UC Doctoral Scholarship (View Website).

The chances of securing a UC Doctoral Scholarship are significantly improved for applicants who have a GPA >8.0 (on a 9-point scale) and at least one peer-reviewed publication.

The UC Doctoral Scholarship provides tuition fees and a tax-free personal allowance of NZD$21,000 pa for three years.

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