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PhD Scholarship Biopolymers for tissue repair

Project Description

The Ferrier Research Institute has a full scholarship to undertake a PhD programme working on biopolymer isolation and complex carbohydrate analysis. The PhD student will join the team at the Ferrier Research Institute (Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand) and 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 molecules 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 from specific tissues derived from New Zealand’s 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.

New PhD applicants should complete the PhD admission and Scholarship application online available from the link below and clearly indicate that they wish to apply for the PhD scholarship in “Biopolymers for tissue repair”

Funding Notes

Prospective applicants should apply to Dr. Simon Hinkley at . The vacancy will remain open until a suitable applicant is found. The Stipend is $27,500 pa and full fees will be paid. Applicants should attach their CV, full academic transcript, statement of research interests and three referees in their letter of application.

The successful student will have a BSc (Hons), MSc or equivalent degree in chemistry, biology or biochemistry with a focus on organic chemistry and expertise with biopolymers. Other relevant disciplines will be considered. Applicants must meet the Victoria University of Wellington English language requirement for postgraduate study.

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