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Structural biology of membrane-bound glycosyltransferases

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  • Full or part time
    Dr Tim Allison
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round

Project Description

A PhD scholarship (fees and stipend) is available in the Allison Lab at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand.

We study the structure and function of membrane-bound glycosyltransferase enzymes, with an eye to their development for use in biotechnology. Specifically, the PhD project involves studying a range of these enzymes to unravel the structural determinants of their specificity and processivity. In the course of this research you will become expert in protein crystallography and native mass spectrometry, and use and be exposed to many different biophysical techniques and approaches.

The lab is in the School of Physical and Chemical Sciences and the Biomolecular Interaction Centre, which offer a friendly and supportive environment, and are very well equipped with a large range of biophysical instrumentation. This year we moved into a brand new purpose built laboratory and building. This research will involve international travel to perform work in collaborators’ laboratories in the USA and Sweden, as well as opportunities to travel to attend national and international conferences.

Christchurch is the gateway to the South Island of New Zealand where there is a plethora of beautiful scenery, from the sea to the mountains, with many different activities and destinations to explore.

Further information about the Allison Lab is on our website allisonlab.org, and enquiries about the scholarship (flexible start date) should be directed to Tim ([Email Address Removed]). Please provide a cover letter or in your email outline your background, motivation for the position, and when you could begin your PhD; a full CV (detailing academic qualifications); and names and contact details of 2-3 academic/industrial referees.

Please also note the University of Canterbury entry requirements, including the English language requirements, outlined here: http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/postgraduate/phd-and-doctoral-study/

Funding Notes

Value: NZ$21,000 per annum, plus tuition fees covered
Tenure: 3 years



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