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Research opportunities with the Maurice Wilkins Centre (MWC), Centre of Research Excellence
Bringing together world leading biomedical researchers from around New Zealand to tackle cancer, diabetes and infectious diseases.
One of our major roles is to train the country's next generation of leaders in biomedical research. The projects involve highly innovative biomedical research and are based at one of the following institutions:
Uniquely with these scholarships, you will also be eligible to spend time in other leading laboratories and training centres outside your home base, including overseas, and to access advanced equipment and facilities that can accelerate your research, wherever in NZ those facilities are based. Becoming part of the MWC brings the opportunity to interact with world-leading scientists right across the country, as well as their international collaborators.
Before you contact MWC to express your interest, follow the steps below.
You must be a New Zealand citizen or permanent resident and have either an exceptional academic track record or have a proven track record of research productivity. If you have any doubts about your eligibility, you can phone MWC on 09 923 5533.
Fixed wing aircraft are widely used to apply a variety of granular fertilizers, both in pastoral and cropping agriculture. The fertilizer is contained in a wedge-shaped hopper built into the fuselage of the aircraft; loading is via a hatch at the top and discharge is controlled by a clamshell mechanism at the hopper exit. Knowledge of hopper fill is important in normal operation as in principle it provides real time data on application rate. Hopper fill level is also critical to decision making in situations demanding unplanned or evasive manoeuvres following mechanical failure or human error in navigating risky terrain.
The resonant frequency of a hard body cavity obeys is a simple function of the cavity volume. An object placed in the cavity, in this case the particulate fertilizer, changes the volume and hence the resonant frequency. Thus, in principle, measurement of the resonant frequency is a potential route to determination of fill level. There are however several technical challenges arising from the particulate nature of the fill material, and the working environment, a propeller-driven aircraft.
The successful candidate will likely have a background in physics or engineering and will provide evidence of well-developed mathematical skills and practical ability.
The project will be carried out with an industrial partner (Ravensdown) and a stipend is offered for a duration of 3 years.
Applicants should provide their CV and a concise statement (maximum of 500 words on one A4 page, submitted both as a Microsoft Word document and PDF) stating why they should be the successful candidate for this opportunity to:
Professor Clive Davies C.Davies@massey.ac.nz
School of Engineering and Advanced Technology
Dr Miles Grafton M.Grafton@massey.ac.nz
Soil and Earth Sciences | Institute of Agriculture and Environment
Deakin University - Geelong, Victoria, Australia
Jointly funded by Deakin University and Plant and Food Research, Nelson, NZ.
Supervisors: Professor Colin Barrow, Chair in Biotechnology, Deakin University and Dr. Sue Marshall, Plant and Food Research.
At least one PhD scholarship is to be awarded to carry out a joint project with Deakin University in Geelong, Australia and Plant and Food Research, New Zealand. The scholarship of A$25,000 per annum will be awarded to a student graduating with a first-class honours degree in chemistry, biochemistry, molecular biology, or a related field. Applicants should be Australian citizens or permanent residents, or New Zealand citizens.
The project involves the discovery and development of new lipases for enzymatic concentration of omega-3 fatty acids from fish and microbial oils. These lipases will have application in functional foods and pharmaceuticals. Specifically, the project will have three parts. Firstly, the student will mine published and proprietary genomic databases to identify potentially useful lipases that will then be cloned and tested. Secondly, the student will isolate and test new lipases from fish and microbes. Thirdly, the student will take part in the development of novel immobilization technologies that will enable the new lipases to be used in a commercial setting.
The successful applicant will be expected to spend most of their time at Deakin University in Geelong, Australia, but may spend up to one year in Nelson, New Zealand. Applicants are encouraged to apply for Australian Postgraduate Awards (APAs) and Deakin University Postgraduate Research Scholarships (DUPRS).
The Sleep/Wake Research Centre and the School of Sport and Exercise at Massey University are seeking a highly motivated PhD candidate with an interest in both sleep science and sport and exercise science to join a project to look at the effects of extending the sleep of elite junior athletes to improve their performance.
Elite junior athletes have demanding training schedules which must be balanced with other non-sporting commitments resulting in persistent time constraints and an accelerated pace of life. Training volume and schedules, in particular those that involve early morning sessions may restrict sleep and some elite athletes obtain less than 7 hours of sleep per night on a regular basis. This is a concern as the recommended sleep duration for teenagers (13-18yrs) is 8-10 hours and the International Olympic Committee identifies adequate sleep as one of the components of a balanced lifestyle for elite child athletes. Additionally, there is evidence that sleep extension can improve athletic performance and that sleep restriction is detrimental to immune health, mental health and increases accident risk.
The overall aim of this project is to investigate the sleep of elite junior athletes in New Zealand and its effects on their sporting performance, mental health and cognition. The project will:
Primary supervisor: Associate Professor Leigh Signal, Sleep/Wake Research Centre, Massey University
Suitable candidates must meet the requirements for enrolling in a PhD at Massey University and have a strong background in one or more of the following fields: sleep and circadian science, sport and exercise science or human physiology.
A scholarship of NZ$25,000 per annum tax free for 3 years is available. The candidate will be responsible for fees.
The position is based at the Wellington campus of Massey University.
Applicants should send a CV and cover letter to A/Prof Leigh Signal (email@example.com).
Candidate selection will begin in January 2017 and continue until the position is filled. The scholarship must commence by August 2017.
The School of Sport and Exercise in Wellington seeks a full time research-ready student (ie. has honours or PGDip with research component) who might interested in starting any time from May to about Aug-Sept 2017 latest. Support via a scholarship for fees and reasonable stipend is available (depending on start date).
Title: two research projects investigating the effect of nano-metal impregnated materials on microvascular and neuromuscular responses to exercise loading in healthy and older-aged individuals.
Skills required and/or learnt:
Personal attributes and behaviours:
Ideal start May 2017. But possible to start up to early Sept 2017 latest. 12 months full time.
Domestic tuition fees.
Study stipend. Quantity depending on start date.
Environmental Governance (MEG) and Forest Ecology and Management (FEM) International MSC Programmes at Freiburg University, Germany.
The MSc course 'Environmental Governance' focuses on socio-economic issues, whereas 'Forest Ecology and Management' concentrates on ecological aspects. Both courses are taught entirely in English and have a duration of two years.
The School of Engineering and Advanced Technology (SEAT) has four Massey doctoral scholarships to award each year. These are very competitive scholarships that are worth $25,000 a year for three years, to cover fees and living expenses.
Given the very small number of scholarships SEAT will place emphasis on three criteria:
Please ensure that these criteria are addressed in the application.
Applications need to be made in collaboration between supervisors and student. Initial applications should be on the Massey University form.
Please send the form to Karen Pickering
The deadline for applications each year is November.
Applications are invited for three PhD scholarships to study nutrient sources, flow pathways and attenuation, high-resolution water quality monitoring and in-stream nutrient cycling in catchments dominated by pastoral land use in the lower North Island.
Our initial research indicates that nitrogen loads measured in the study rivers are significantly smaller than the estimates of nitrogen leached from the root zone in their catchments. We are looking for highly-motivated research students to further develop novel methods and techniques to trace, measure, and model a range of processes including
These research projects will include field work, laboratory analysis, and simulation modelling components.
Develop novel tools and techniques to measure and trace nutrient losses and flow pathways from diffuse sources in the study catchment. The successful candidate is likely to have an honours or master's degree or equivalent, preferably with some research experience, in an area related to soil science, catchment hydrology, environmental tracers, and water quality.
Develop methods and models to assess and map the influences of different catchment characteristics (e.g. topography, soil types, underlying geology, groundwater chemistry) on spatially variable nitrogen attenuation capacity in the subsurface environment across the study catchment. The successful candidate is likely to have a master's degree or equivalent, preferably with some research experience, in an area related to the biogeochemistry of soils, geological strata and groundwater quality.
Focus is on high-resolution measurements and assessment of water quantity and quality parameters (e.g. nutrient concentrations and periphyton growth) and investigate in-stream nutrient cycling in selected streams and rivers in the study area. The successful candidate is likely to have an honours or master's degree or equivalent, preferably with some research experience, in an area related to catchment hydrology, surface water quality monitoring, and nutrient cycling in streams and rivers.
The successful candidates must demonstrate good communication and writing skills, show an ability to take initiatives, and be a good team member. The positions are open to both New Zealand and international candidates.
The PhD studies are part of a collaborative research programme between Massey University’s Fertilizer and Lime Research Centre (FLRC) and Horizons Regional Council.
Horizons Regional Council manages the natural resources of the Manawatu-Wanganui Region of New Zealand. The Council has extensive datasets of regional geographical information, the quantity and quality of surface waters and groundwaters, and hydrogeological surveys of the region.
Massey University FLRC has a strong team of scientists in the area of environmental hydrology, hydrogeology, and soil and earth sciences.
The successful PhD candidates will enjoy full support, guidance and supervision from both University staff and Horizons Regional Council scientists. The PhD candidates will be enrolled within the Soil and Earth Sciences Group at the Turitea Campus of Massey University in Palmerston North, New Zealand.
The scholarship will pay NZ$27,000 per annum plus fees for a maximum of three years.
Interested candidates are invited to email Dr. Ranvir Singh their application including a short description of their research interests, skills and experiences along with a detailed CV. They should also include a sample of their scientific writing (e.g. a published article or conference paper), and three academic references by 15 October 2017. Please specify in your application which of the PhD positions described above that you are applying for.
For further information, please contact:
Dr. Ranvir Singh
Senior Lecturer in Environmental Hydrology and Soil Science
Soil and Earth Sciences Group, Massey University, Private Bag 11 222
Palmerston North 4442, New Zealand
Phone: + 64 6 356 9099 extn 84868
Fax: + 64 6 350 5632
Applications close 15 October 2017
These scholarships are offered by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs to international students for doctoral studies in France. Since 2006, one of these scholarships per year has been offered to a New Zealand student.
For further details visit: www.egide.asso.fr
New Zealand's horticultural export sector is experiencing rapid growth. This expansion is based on sale of premium quality products that attract premium prices. Achieving premium quality in distant markets imposes stringent demands on our ability to predict quality at out-turn for batches of products earlier in their storage life.
We are seeking a student to characterise biochemical and physiological changes during late stages of apple maturation. This will include measuring the activity of a wide range of enzymes associated with the onset of ripening, as well as physiological and metabolite measurements.
Our ideal candidate has a strong background in biochemistry and enzyme kinetics and an interest in postharvest research and fresh product quality.
The study forms part of a larger collaboration between Massey University and NZ Institute for Plant & Food Research Limited so the candidate will be part of a team focused on supporting our high-value export industries.
This is a three-year project, which will commence as soon as possible in 2017. It is a collaborative effort between Massey University and Plant & Food Research.
Professor Julian Heyes, Massey University and Dr David Brummell, Plant & Food Research.
The successful candidate will receive a tax-free living allowance of NZ$25,000 per year for three years and their PhD fees will be paid for that period.
The student will be based at Massey University's Manawatū campus, but most of their laboratory work will be conducted in the adjacent Plant & Food Research laboratories. Both locations are in Palmerston North, New Zealand.
The ideal candidate will have:
Non-native English speakers must also fulfil the academic language requirements for postgraduate study at Massey University.
Email a cover letter that includes a statement about your career plan, your CV, and contact details for at least two referees to Professor Julian Heyes.
Suitable candidates will be interviewed in person, or by video conferencing depending on location.
Applications close 4 August 2017
Do you want to help reduce the biggest killers of Māori and Pacific people?
Have you wondered why smoking and obesity rates for Māori and Pacific people are not going down?
A PhD scholarship is available in the School of Public Health at Massey University to work with Associate Professor Marewa Glover on the potential role of new personal technologies and internet delivered interventions for reducing smoking or obesity related disease and premature death.
Associate Professor Glover's current studies include a trial of:
She is interested in supporting candidates wanting to develop skills in critical public health or kaupapa Māori theory.
Suitable topic realms would be risk reduced alternatives to tobacco smoking (e.g. vaping and newer smokeless technologies); and obesity reduction, particularly utilizing incentives and connected technologies.
The New Zealand Health Strategy wants everyone to use new technologies to better manage their health. For this to happen we will need health professionals, researchers and academics knowledgeable in this topic. This is an exciting opportunity for a motivated and organized student to develop knowledge in innovative public health strategies.
The scholarship is to support an academically excellent student undertaking full-time doctoral studies at Massey University. Applicants should have a Bachelor's degree with appropriate honours or master's degree in Public Health, Health Sciences, Psychology, Sociology or related fields.
To be eligible, students must fulfill all conditions to the Massey University Doctoral Programme. Applicants will require a Grade Point Average of 6.0 or better (on a 9 point scale). This is equivalent to an average grade of B+.
The scholarship includes a stipend of $25,000 per annum for a maximum period of three years. Tuition fees are not included.
This project is available for an immediate start. Applications close as soon as a suitable candidate can be found, and the PhD student should be enrolled at Massey University by 1 August 2017.
Applicants should send a copy of their curriculum vitae, a statement of interest and the names and contact details of three referees to:
The Institute of Fundamental Sciences of Massey University, Palmerston North, invites applications for a PhD scholarship in mathematics.
The research will be in the area of dynamical systems, supervised by Dr. David Simpson. The scholarship covers all tuition fees for international and domestic students and includes a tax-free stipend of NZ$25,000 annually for up to three years.
The theory of dynamical systems seeks to explain the behaviour of natural and man-made systems, such as the weather, the stock-market, and biological and chemical processes, through understanding mathematical models of these systems. Dr. Simpson's research focuses on piecewise-smooth systems with diverse applications.
Applicants should have or expect to receive a BSc(Hons) or MSc or equivalent in mathematics. Previous graduate-level studies in dynamical systems is highly desirable. The starting date is flexible.
Applications including a CV, academic transcript, and cover letter should be sent to Dr. David Simpson, Institute of Fundamental Sciences, Massey University, Palmerston North, 4442, New Zealand, or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until the scholarship is filled, so apply soon to avoid disappointment!
Applications close 12 March 2018
The Health Research Council (HRC) is administering the Preventing and Minimising Gambling Harm Career Development Awards, which are funded by the Ministry of Health.
Applicants are invited to apply for master's, PhD and postdoctoral awards to support the career development of emerging health researchers seeking to prevent and minimise gambling-related harm for Māori and Pacific populations in New Zealand.
Applicants will apply using the standard HRC Māori or Pacific career development forms, which will be available on the HRC's website.
Award components: Stipend of $10,000; course fees up to $10,000;
Working expenses of $1,600
Term of award: 1 year
Number of awards available: 1
Award components: Stipend and working expenses up to a total of $410,000
Term of award: 4 years
Number of awards available: 1
A limited number of scholarships are available for New Zealand students wanting to study in Saudi Arabia.
Two types of scholarships are available:
Students must be:
After completion of language training, the scholarship holder may study undergraduate programmes at any Faculty (except medicine or engineering).
The Scholarship provides:
You can contact:
NZ Education Attache to the GCC, NZ Embassy, Diplomatic Quarter, Riyadh
A full-time PhD scholarship is available to undertake research within the PROMISE Study based at Massey University, Wellington.
The overarching goal of this research is to advance our understanding of the sleep of New Zealand women and the relationship of sleep with metabolic health. A major aim of the study is to describe the sleep patterns and explore factors driving the characteristics of sleep in Pasifika women aged 20 to 40 years old.
The research will take on a partnership approach between the Pasifika participants, their communities and the research team. The expected outcomes are likely to bring new knowledge and potential changes in primary care, health promotion programmes and public health policy initiatives.
There is presently no published information on the sleep of Pasifika women. This study offers is an extraordinary opportunity to add to our basic understanding of sleep patterns in New Zealand women, particularly Pasifika women and the relationship of sleep to their metabolic health.
This project is based on our recently funded grant from the Health Research Council of New Zealand: “The gut microbiome: a new pathway to obesity prevention and metabolic health” (The PROMISE Study - Predictors linking obesity and gut microbiome).
Detailed analysis of the actigraphic sleep data collected during the PROMISE study (www.massey.ac.nz/promise) will be undertaken by the PhD candidate to allow the sleep of the participants to be described and compared.
Pasifika women from the PROMISE study will be invited to participate in a focus group on the factors that drive their sleep patterns. Thematic analysis will be used to identify factors that contribute to decisions about where and when Pasifika women sleep.
The final component of the study will utilise both sleep data and metabolic data collected from women participating in the PROMISE study to explore relationships between key aspects of sleep (duration and timing in particular) and indicators of dietary intake and eating behaviour, body composition and body fat profile, the gut microbiome and metabolic health.
Sleep science, Pacific health research, Public health, obesity, nutrition and metabolic health, and qualitative research.
Applicants should hold a degree relevant to one of the above listed research areas and/or have related professional experience. All applicants must have either an exceptional academic track record, and/or a proven track record of research productivity. Preference will be given to Pacific applicants.
Scholarship applicants will be required to enrol in a full-time Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree through Massey University. Successful applicants will be supervised by members listed under the supervisory research team.
The scholarship is valued at NZ$25,000 (tax free) per year. Tuition fees are not included in the scholarship. The scholarship will be tenable for one year in the first instance, but subject to satisfactory progress will be renewed for a second and a third year.
Further information can be obtained from:
Assoc/Professor Leigh Signal
Phone: 04 8015799 ext. 6327 | Email: T.L.Signal@massey.ac.nz.
Apply by submitting a written letter of interest and email Leigh Signal, including a curriculum vitae, academic transcripts, and the names and contact details of at least two referees.
Applications close 30 January 2018
The purpose of this IVABS Masterate Scholarship is to encourage veterinary graduates who plan a career in veterinary diagnostic pathology to undertake university postgraduate study in this field. The Scholar will be expected to develop expertise in the diagnosis of animal diseases in preparation for seeking specialist qualifications in pathology, and to gain experience in tertiary education by providing laboratory and lecture instruction in veterinary diagnostic pathology.
The value of the scholarship will be $30,000 per annum (tax free) for two years. In addition to the emolument, the scholarship shall cover tuition fees for an MVSc or MVS. The scholarship shall be tenable at Massey University, Palmerston North.
The scholarship is open to students who hold a BVSc degree able to be registered in New Zealand and who qualify to register as a candidate for the degree of Master of Veterinary Studies (MVS). The scholar will be expected to participate in the routine necropsy service provided by IVABS Pathobiology Section, which includes a range of domestic and wildlife animal species. In addition, the scholar will be required to conduct a research project under the supervision of an IVABS pathologist. The academic programme will be directed towards preparing for American College of Veterinary Pathologists Board Certification. Candidates must be New Zealand or Australian citizens or permanent residents of New Zealand or Australia.
Every person who wants to be considered for the IVABS Scholarship should apply on the application form provided by the Institute (obtained from W.L.Graham@massey.ac.nz) or Massey Contact, email: Contact@massey.ac.nz.
Informal enquiries can be addressed to John Munday (email@example.com) phone: 06 356 9099 ext 85172
Every year the French Embassy in Wellington allocates a few Hexagone travel grants to New Zealand students. The travel grant is for students who want to pursue their studies in France at honours or master's level. The travel grant consists of 2000 euros (approx NZ$3,800) per student.
Preference is given to Political Science, Law, Economics, Business and Management, Science or Engineering students.
Each year, one applicant will be awarded the Hexagone principal scholarship worth 12,000 euros, for studies in France at master's level.
A number of courses are taught in English. For a list of available courses, visit the Study in France page on the Campus France website.
You must enrol at a French University or Grande Ecole for at least six months. Travel grants are offered in combination with a social security scholarship for the duration of the studies in France.
For further information, email firstname.lastname@example.org
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