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  Fungal project: Biosynthetic pathway discovery and characterization

   Ferrier Research Institute

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  Prof Emily Parker  Applications accepted all year round  Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

The Ferrier Institute has established a world-class reputation in nature-inspired synthetic carbohydrate chemistry and analysis and has extended its expertise into the areas of synthetic and chemical biology, chemical immunology, and natural product isolation. We investigate issues related to our health, wellbeing, and the sustainability of our environment. More about the research undertaken at the Ferrier Research Institute can be found here.

In this project, under the supervision of Professor Emily J Parker, we will use a variety of chemical and molecular biological methods to unravel complex mechanisms for the biosynthesis of novel bioactive natural products.

The PhD scholar will contribute to the project by carrying out studies on gene characterisation and gene expression in fungal hosts. The ideal candidate will have some understanding of molecular biology and biosynthesis. 

The Institute is split between Gracefield in Lower Hutt and Kelburn in central Wellington, New Zealand and so the PhD candidate must be in New Zealand or able to get across the border to New Zealand to carry out this study.

Biological Sciences (4)

Funding Notes

Applicants are invited to apply for a fully funded three-year PhD scholarship to explore biosynthetic pathways towards complex natural products. This position will carry an annual stipend of $35,000 per annum for 3 years and cover full student fees and levies.
The applicant must be eligible for admission to the PhD programme at Victoria University of Wellington. A GPA of 7.5 or greater (on a 9 point scale), first class honours or Master’s grade and demonstration of proficiency in English are essential.
The recipient will need to sign a Victoria University of Wellington Research Scholarship contract and a confidentiality agreement.


Please apply to our Postgraduate Coordinator Dr Alison Daines When applying please ensure all required documents are attached:
* All degree certificates and transcripts (undergraduate AND postgraduate MSc—officially translated into English where necessary)
* Detailed CV
* Details of 2 academic referees
* A statement of your research interests