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PhD Scholarship Biopolymers and carbohydrate analysis

Ferrier Research Institute

About the Project

The Ferrier Research Institute has a scholarship to undertake a PhD programme working on the extraction, characterisation and development of biopolymers. This research contributes to a multidisciplinary research programme led by the Leather and Shoe Research Association of New Zealand.

The overarching goal of this project is the generation of high-value materials from New Zealand’s primary-production manufacturing processes. Our research team has a focus on heparan sulfate (HS), a class of molecule from the subset of glucosaminoglycan (GAG) biopolymers. Specifically, we are interested in the ability of HS to coordinate to growth factors and stabilize these short-lived reactive species in situ.

This research programme will focus on the chemical characterization of the complex carbohydrate matrix derived from tissues sourced from New Zealand primary production processes. This will involve detailed separation and chemical characterization methodology and would best suit a candidate with an interest in organic chemistry, analytical chemistry and who wishes to undertake science that has a specific bearing on the New Zealand environment and utilization of natural materials from the primary-produce sector.

Funding Notes

Prospective applicants should apply to Dr. Simon Hinkley at . The Scholarship provides a stipend to cover living expenses of NZ$27,500 pa, plus tuition fees (student levies and international insurance are also covered, if applicable) for 3 years.

The successful student will have a BSc (Hons), MSc or equivalent degree in chemistry, biology or biochemistry with a B+ (6) grade point average. Ideally, candidates will have a focus on organic chemistry, however; other relevant disciplines will be considered. Applications also need to meet the English language requirement to enter the PhD program.


In order to be considered for the role please ensure all required documents are attached:
• Full academic transcript,
• Detailed Curriculum vitae (including three referee’s)
• A brief statement of research interests and/or cover letter indicating your motivation for this post-graduate programme

Given the current uncertainty with border closures and the laboratory nature of this research, preference will be given to applicants who are able to start their studies on the Ferrier site (in New Zealand) promptly.

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