Unveiling the proteins that control fungal natural product biosynthesis


   Ferrier Research Institute

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  Prof Emily Parker, Dr Daniel Berry  Applications accepted all year round  Funded PhD Project (Students Worldwide)

About the Project

A PhD scholarship is available to join our team at the Synthetic and Chemical Biology Laboratory of the Ferrier Research Institute based at Te Herenga Waka – Victoria University of Wellington in Wellington, New Zealand.

We are looking for an enthusiastic and motivated PhD student to perform research towards improving our understanding of how fungi use transcription factors and specific proteins to activate biosynthesis of useful natural products. This knowledge will help us to use synthetic biology tools to build powerful fungal factories for compound delivery. The techniques that this project may use include genetic manipulation of fungi; analytical chemistry and isolation and characterisation of target compounds; protein expression, purification, and analysis; and generation and analysis of nucleic acid sequence datasets. Experience in all of these fields is not a requirement, as we have experts in our group able to provide the training required; however, existing hands-on familiarity with standard molecular biology techniques (e.g. PCR, DNA cloning) is expected. Importantly, candidates must be excited to learn, adapt, and develop new experimental techniques within the laboratory.

Candidates should have a background in molecular biology and/or protein biochemistry and must possess a Bachelor’s degree with Honours or a Master’s degree in a relevant discipline (e.g. Molecular Biology, Genetics, Microbiology, Biochemistry or similar) with a GPA of at least 6 – see https://www.wgtn.ac.nz/fgr/apply/how/entry-requirements for full admission requirements. Candidates will need a high level of literacy and numeracy, and will need to be proficient in English.

This scholarship has a tenure of three years and includes a stipend of $35,000 NZD per annum, plus full fees. 

Applications consisting of a detailed CV, academic transcripts, a cover letter, and the names of 2 referees should be sent by email to Alison Daines ().

Biological Sciences (4) Chemistry (6)

Funding Notes

This scholarship has a tenure of three years and includes a stipend of $35,000 NZD per annum, plus full fees
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