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University of Auckland PhD Projects, Programs & Scholarships

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  Organic electrosynthesis
  Dr J Sperry
Applications accepted all year round

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The field of chemical synthesis is under constant pressure to produce molecules in a timely, economical and sustainable fashion. In this project we will demonstrate that valuable heterocyclic molecules can be efficiently synthesized in an environmentally friendly manner by simply using electric current.
  Residual Life of Wastewater Pipes: Research framework and Wastewater Pipe Asset Data Parsimony
  Prof J van Zyl
Application Deadline: 22 November 2019

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The models used by the water industry to assess useful life, risk/criticality and whole‐of‐life costs of different pipe classes is largely based on professional judgement and limited data sets.
  Analysis of design margin to improve engineering design from the perspective of additive manufacture for light weight
  Dr D Wynn
Applications accepted all year round

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A novel method has been developed at the University of Auckland to improve engineering designs by identifying and eliminating excess design margin.
  Digital twin of engineering design projects to support project coordination and management
  Dr D Wynn
Applications accepted all year round

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Building on existing research at the University of Auckland in the Design and Development Research Group, this PhD project will explore how digital twins of engineering projects could be created and how they could support project coordination.
  Intelligent Human-Robot Collaboration for Smart Factory
  Dr Y Lu
Applications accepted all year round

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Recent advances in sensing, computational intelligence, and big data analytics have been rapidly transforming and revolutionizing the manufacturing industry towards robot-rich and digitally connected factories.
  Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality to support engineering product development
  Dr D Wynn
Applications accepted all year round

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This project will concern application of virtual/augmented reality to support collaborative product development.
  Clean Drinking Water with Femtosecond Holographic Coherent Spectroscopy
  Prof C Simpson, Prof N Broderick
Applications accepted all year round

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This 3-year PhD project is part of a grant funded by the New Zealand MBIE to develop a nonlinear spectroscopy and imaging system to sense water-borne contaminants (e.g.
  He¯/H¯ High-Current Low-Metal-Contamination Volume-Cusp Ion Source for Semicon Applications
  Prof N Broderick
Applications accepted all year round

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Implanted Helium or Hydrogen ions are used to exfoliate a thin layer of GaAs, which can be bonded to Silicon to create high quality Silicon-On-Insulator wafers having applications in optoelectronics, microwave electronics, and high temperature electronics [1].
  High-Tc Superconductor Research for Space Satellites
  Dr N Rattenbury, Dr J Cater
Applications accepted all year round

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The Faculties of Science and Engineering are jointly developing a space systems programme at The University of Auckland. This cross-disciplinary effort has brought together engineers and scientists interested in growing New Zealand’s expertise in space mission design, satellite construction and space science.
  Multimode microresonator optical frequency combs.
  Assoc Prof S. G. Murdoch, Dr M Erkintalo
Applications accepted all year round

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A fully funded PhD studentship is available starting as soon as possible to work on nonlinear optics in optical microresonators. The resonant enhancement of laser light launched into an optical cavity can be leveraged to increase the strength of nonlinear light-matter interactions.
  Optical Communications for Small Satellites
  Dr N Rattenbury, Dr J Cater
Applications accepted all year round

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The Faculties of Science and Engineering are jointly developing a space systems programme at The University of Auckland.
  PhD on nonlinear optics and laser physics in passive resonators
  Dr M Erkintalo, Assoc Prof S. G. Murdoch
Application Deadline: 28 November 2019

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A fully funded PhD studentship is available starting as soon as possible to work on nonlinear optics in passive resonators. The resonant enhancement of laser light launched into an optical cavity can be leveraged to increase the strength of nonlinear light-matter interactions.
  New Dimensions in Cannabinoid Receptor 2 Therapeutic Development: Exploring Spatial and Temporal Signalling Bias
  Dr N Grimsey
Applications accepted all year round

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Compounds derived from Cannabis sativa, termed “cannabinoids”, primarily exert their effects via two G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs), Cannabinoid Receptors 1 and 2 (CB1 and CB2).
  An integrated bio-based approach for improving food safety and quality
  Dr K Huang
Applications accepted all year round

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Microbial issues of food safety are among the most significant constraints for raw or minimally processed products.
  Assessing human immune cell interactions with endothelium under sheer stress conditions
  Dr C Angel, Dr S Graham
Applications accepted all year round

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The endothelium lining blood vessels is constantly exposed to shear stress due to blood flow. The field of vascular biology has recently recognised the importance of shear stress, as it influences endothelial cell morphology, phenotype and function.
  Clouds in Earth’s changing climate
  Dr T Dinh
Applications accepted all year round

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Clouds are the largest source of uncertainty in climate models’ prediction of global climate change.
  Discovering molecular mechanisms regulating nitrogen demand signalling and nitrogen use efficiency in plants
  Dr N Imin
Applications accepted all year round

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Nitrogen (N) is a key determinant of crop productivity. In agriculture, the demand for nitrogen (N) fertilisers to produce food, fibre, and feed from crops and pastures is increasing dramatically.
  PhD in Computational Evolution
  Prof Q Atkinson, Dr R Bouckaert
Application Deadline: 15 December 2019

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Research project introduction. A fully funded PhD scholarship in computational evolution is available in the Centre for Computational Evolution (CCE) at the University of Auckland.
  Phd in Probability at University of Auckland
  Assoc Prof S Harris, Dr J Goodman, Dr G Pritchard
Applications accepted all year round

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A PhD project in probability is offered at the University of Auckland, New Zealand, on “Probabilistic analysis of stochastic population models and their genealogies” to be jointly supervised by Assoc.
  Research in University Mathematics Education that Matters
  Dr I Kontorovich, Dr T Evans
Application Deadline: 14 December 2019

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The Mathematics Education Unit in the Department of Mathematics at the University of Auckland has been internationally renowned for its first-tier research in university mathematics education (RUME).
  Solving inverse problems with Adaptive Eigenspace Inversion method
  Dr M Graff
Applications accepted all year round

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Parameter estimation is a fundamental task in various areas of engineering and science such as medical imaging and seismic exploration.
  Supernova lightcurve population synthesis
  Dr J Eldridge
Applications accepted all year round

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Core-collapse supernovae are the explosive deaths of stars. With modern observing surveys we are discovering more of these events than ever before and finding they are incredibly diverse.
  Theory and practice of subgraph (pattern) matching
  Dr M Qiao
Applications accepted all year round

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Graphs are ubiquitous in computer science and any field that describes the relationships between. objects. A classic and important graph problem, subgraph matching, is confronting new challenges.
  Towards the next generation of polymers
  Dr E Leitao
Applications accepted all year round

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Carbon-based polymers are ubiquitous. From textiles, to electronics, to packaging, to banknotes, to structural materials, we see and use these daily.
  Adult outcomes after antenatal steroids
  Prof JE Harding, Prof CA Crowther
Applications accepted all year round

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The Liggins Institute at the University of Auckland has PhD projects assessing adult outcomes after antenatal steroids. Steroids given to women at risk of preterm birth markedly reduce the risk of serious illness in their newborn babies.
  Childhood outcomes after early nutritional interventions
  Prof JE Harding, Dr C McKinlay, Dr JA Brown, Assoc Prof T Wouldes
Applications accepted all year round

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The Liggins Institute at the University of Auckland has a PhD project assessing childhood outcomes after early nutritional trials.
  Phages as modulators of the gut microbiome
  Dr T Vatanen, Dr J O'Sullivan
Application Deadline: 30 November 2019

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The gut microbiome (GM) consists of trillions of microorganisms and is involved in functions critical to human health and wellbeing.
  Visual and brain development in children with early risk factors
  Prof JE Harding, Prof B Thompson
Applications accepted all year round

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A PhD position in the area of children’s visual development is available within the University of Auckland, New Zealand in collaboration with the University of Waterloo, Canada.
  Genomics of rapid adaptation: the expansion and evolution of the invasive common myna and common starling in New Zealand
  Dr A Santure
Application Deadline: 6 December 2019

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A PhD scholarship, funded by a New Zealand Royal Society Marsden Fund Grant, is available with Dr Anna Santure and Dr Annabel Whibley in the School of Biological Sciences, University of Auckland, New Zealand.
  Structure/function studies of component proteins of anti-feeding prophage (Afp), a bacteriophage tail-like particle using high-resolution cryo-EM and x-ray crystallography
  Prof A Mitra
Applications accepted all year round

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We are seeking a highly motivated candidate to carry out structure/function studies of component proteins of anti-feeding prophage (Afp), a bacteriophage tail-like particle using high-resolution cryo-EM and x-ray crystallography.
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