PhD Scholarship - Molecular Biology

Massey University - Massey College of Sciences, Institute of Natural and Mathematical Sciences

A PhD scholarship is available in the group of Associate Prof Sattlegger, for an exciting project in the interface of basic and biomedical research, funded by the Health Research Council of New Zealand. You will conduct basic biomedical research aimed to decipher the function of a particular cellular pathway, and explore this as a potential drug target for its suitability in the fight against cancer.

This project provides a unique opportunity for you to develop interdisciplinary skills from various disciplines, such as molecular biology, genetics, cell biology, protein biochemistry (protein-protein interactions, kinase assay, protein structure models). We already have promising preliminary data which will allow a fast start into this PhD project. PhD students graduation from the Sattlegger lab have secured prestigious positions ranging from academia to industry. For more information on the Sattlegger group in general see

Massey University has world-leading staff; teaching and conducting research at the forefront of molecular biology, for Molecular Biology research at Massey University Auckland see

Auckland is New Zealand's largest city, with a population of 2 million, and is one of the world's most multicultural cities. The Massey University Auckland campus, where this position will be based, is located on the North Shore, close to a number of beaches, with opportunities for outdoor recreation in easy reach.

A PhD scholarship is available covering living expenses as well as fees.

The selection criteria are as follows:

  • Excellent academic record
  • Evidence of ability to conduct research
  • Relevant Masters or First Class Honours Degree, with at least an A- (75%)
  • Background/knowledge/experience relevant to the project area
  • Genuine interest in science and research
  • Ability and willingness to self-manage
  • Ability and willingness to work in a team environment
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Must commence with PhD in 2017 if interested in Scholarship

Please send your CV, academic transcripts, names of at least two academic references, and a letter explaining how you meet the selection criteria to

State 'PhD-HRC' in the subject line, state in your email the % marks achieved in your academic degrees, and your working status in NZ, residence/citizenship or already have a New Zealand visa.

Applications will be considered as they are being received.

Closing date: 31 August 2017

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