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PhD scholarship available in Chemical Biology

A PhD scholarship is available to join a Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment Smart Ideas-funded research project into understanding and exploiting the secondary metabolites produced by methanogenic archaea, the organisms responsible for ruminant methane production. The research focuses on secondary metabolites produced by megasynthase enzymes, large protein assembly lines that synthesise diverse bioactive molecules. Products of megasynthase enzymes include many antibiotics and other pharmacologically important molecules. This groundbreaking research project is investigating the first set of megasynthase genes of archaeal origin to be identified.

Candidates should have a First or Upper Second Class Honours degree or Masters or equivalent with a background in synthetic chemistry and a strong interest working at the interface between chemistry and biology. Experience with protein expression and purification, biochemistry and microbiology will be an advantage. International students are welcome to apply. Fluency in English is essential. The scholarship includes a tax-free stipend of NZ$25,000 plus fees for 3 years.


To apply please send your curriculum vitae, academic transcript and a cover letter outlining your interest and suitability for the position to or Applications close 15 Nov 2015.


For more information please contact co-supervisors Dr Verne Lee ( or Dr Viji Sarojini (

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