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New Zealand PhD Scholarship on World-class Project: Engineering defect-free metal organic framework membranes in tubular ceramic supports

  • Full or part time
    Dr M Cowan
  • Application Deadline
    Thursday, January 30, 2020
  • Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About This PhD Project

Project Description

Your opportunity:

This is your opportunity to develop into a highly skilled and capable research leader while performing materials science and engineering funded by a prestigious Marsden Grant.

As a developing professional, your package will include:

- Up to $35k p.a. scholarship (ca. $USD22; €20.5k; £17.5k)
- Paid fees
- 3 year PhD program in the Department of Chemical and Process Engineering at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand
- Flights to collaborator laboratories at North Carolina State University
- Mentoring in research skills, publication preparation, industry networking
- Leadership opportunities

The Cowan group prides itself on mentoring high-potential individuals to grow their research and leadership skills in order to have an impact on the world. Dr. Cowan’s formal education and job history covers Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, and Business. To fit in with our research group, you will:

- Demonstrate history of developing chemistry/chemical engineering solutions to practical problems
- Want to grow and develop through overcoming challenges
- Conduct yourself with integrity and perform research you are proud of
- Demonstrate academic aptitude (We expect to select a candidate with an A- average or above)
- Good written and verbal communication skills in English
- Existing experience in materials synthesis and/or gas permeation is an asset

Your project will be a key part of the Cowan group’s vision of developing separations technology that reduces the ‘background cost’ of living. The world currently spends 16% of our energy on separation processes, and making these processes more efficient will reduce emissions related to climate change and increase the effective wealth of people at all economic levels.

Your project goal is to develop our strategies for producing defect-free membranes and generalizing a successful production strategy so it applies to almost any gas separation process.

Apply for this position by sending an email to (subject line “Marsden PhD 2020”) outlining how you meet the criteria listed above. Attach copies of your recent CV and unofficial academic transcript. Applications close 30 January 2020.


Technical details of the project will be shared with short-listed applicants. Short-listed applicants will have 1 or more skype interviews.

Ideal start-date is in March 2020. There is limited flexibility.

A gmail account is being used due to the large number of applications.

You must meet PhD enrolment and criteria at the University of Canterbury. Details can be found here:

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