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Sustainable Nutrition


   Riddet Institute

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  Prof W McNabb, Dr Nick Smith  No more applications being accepted  Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

We are seeking a PhD candidate for a fantastic opportunity.

You need to be an enthusiastic learner and have demonstrated academic excellence in nutrition, data science, food systems, agriculture, or related disciplines to undertake research of benefit to sustainably nourishing populations now and in the future.

The Sustainable Nutrition Initiative® (SNi) program at the Riddet Institute seeks to provide evidence for sustainable food systems. We are seeking an excellent candidates who can contribute to our research in the following areas: 

  • Micronutrient requirements and bioavailability: how are current micronutrient intakes set? What level of confidence exists for different requirement values? What is the current understanding of micronutrient bioavailability from food, and how could this be improved? What are the implications for our understanding of global nutrition given better knowledge on these questions?
  • Protein requirements for different demographic and geographic groups: how do protein requirements change across the lifespan? How can amino acid requirements be better reflected in protein intake recommendations? What role does ethnicity, geographic location, and lifestyle play in protein requirements? What are the implications for our understanding of global nutrition given better knowledge on these questions?
  • Supplementation, fortification, and biofortification of food: what is the current contribution of these technologies to global nutrition? How could these technologies be better applied? What foods or nutrients would make the best target applications?
  • New Zealand food consumption: how does the diet of today’s New Zealand population fare nutritionally? What changes to this diet would be nutritionally optimal? What degree of change is possible to this diet, while still remaining broadly acceptable?

Applicants should include within their cover letter a brief description of the research (short project proposal) that they would like to undertake that aligns with one or more of the above areas.

The 3.5 year scholarship includes an annual tax-free stipend of NZD$35,000 and tuition fees. The research will be undertaken at the Riddet Institute in Palmerston North. The Riddet Institute is a New Zealand Centre of Research Excellence hosted by Massey University and the student will be enrolled in the College of Science at Massey University.

The ideal candidate should have:

  • A First-Class Honours or Second-Class Honours (Division I), MSc degree (or equivalent) or BSc degree with Honours (or equivalent) in an area of relevant science.
  • Motivation and self-determination to complete a PhD within 3.5 years.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to learn, work independently and collaboratively, adapt to change, and plan, organise and implement projects in a timely manner; and
  • Demonstrated high ethical standards, diligence, integrity, professionalism, politeness and courteousness, and be able to effectively work in a diverse team.

The closing date for applications is 30 October 2022.

The application must include:

  • Cover letter (1-2 pages), explaining your background, research interest and why you think you are suited to the position. The cover letter should also incorporate the short project proposal mentioned above.
  • CV (summarising education, employment, scientific outputs, names of 3 references)
  • Copies of educational certificates and transcript of records.
  • If possible, a sample of your academic writing (e.g. thesis/dissertation/report, journal article, etc).

Your application (relevant documents mentioned above) must be submitted to: [Email Address Removed]. Additional information regarding the requirements as a PhD student can be requested by contacting Terri Palmer ([Email Address Removed]).

If you would like to know more about this opportunity, please contact Dr Nick Smith ([Email Address Removed]). Do not submit your application to this email address.

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