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Structural biology of protein interactions in Alzheimer’s disease

  • Full or part time
  • Application Deadline
    Wednesday, February 27, 2019
  • Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)
    Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About This PhD Project

Project Description

We seek a PhD candidate to conduct a 3-year research program based at the University of Canterbury in the group of Dr Vanessa Morris, exploring protein interactions involved in Alzheimer’s disease progression. Our laboratory studies the interactions, structures and mechanisms of amyloid proteins involved in disease and in biological functions. We aim to understand molecular details of processes that may be involved in the development of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease and ALS. The project will be focused on the interactions of the peptide amyloid-beta, whose aggregation is implicated in Alzheimer’s disease, with cell surface receptor proteins. This project will involve a range of biochemical, biophysical and structural biology methods, including NMR spectroscopy.

Applicants must have a MSc or BSc Honours (first class) in biochemistry or related field. We seek a motivated, enthusiastic and self-driven applicant with an excellent academic acheivement at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Experience in protein production, characterisation and NMR is favourable.

We are offering a stipend of NZ$21,000 p.a. (tax-free) plus tuition fees for three years. The successful candidate will need to enrol at the University of Canterbury and must meet UC’s entry criteria. International candidates will also need to meet the English language requirements and, once given an offer of place, arrange for a NZ student visa. See the following links for further information:

The position is based at the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Canterbury (UC). UC is one of New Zealand’s top ranked universities and is situated in the city of Christchurch. Christchurch is a popular tourist base for it’s easy access to outdoor pursuits, being within near reach of mountains and beaches. The School of Biological Sciences offers a supportive and stimulating academic environment.

The PhD candidate will be supervised by Dr Vanessa Morris () and co-supervised by Dr Christoph Goebl from Princess Margaret Hospital in Toronto ().

For more information, contact Dr Vanessa Morris ().
Please send applications documents directly to this email. Please include:
- A cover letter explaining how this project fits to your interests and experience
- Full CV
- A copy of your academic transcript including grades
- The names and contact details of 2-3 academic referees

Closing date for applications is 27.02.19

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