Scholarships

Read about current scholarships offered by the Ferrier Research Institute for postgraduate study in chemistry.

The Ferrier Research Institute is seeking applications for the following scholarships to support our current research programmes. Select a scholarship from the list for more information, including its value, how to apply and eligibility criteria.

PhD Scholarship – Ferrier Research Institute, Victoria University of Wellington

The Ferrier Research Institute currently has funding available for a PhD scholarship. The Institute has established a world-class reputation in nature-inspired synthetic carbohydrate chemistry and analysis and has extended its expertise into the areas of synthetic and chemical biology, chemical immunology, and natural product isolation. We investigate issues related to our health, wellbeing, and the sustainability of our environment. More about the research undertaken at the Ferrier Research Institute can be found here.

This position will carry an annual stipend of $30,500 for 3 years and cover full student fees and levies. The Institute is split between Gracefield in Lower Hutt and Kelburn in central Wellington, New Zealand and so the PhD candidate must be in New Zealand or able to get across the border to New Zealand to carry out this study. The applicant must be eligible for admission to the PhD programme at Victoria University of Wellington. A GPA of 7.5 or greater (on a 9 point scale), first class honours or Master’s grade and demonstration of proficiency in English are essential.

If you are interested in applying or finding out more, please send your CV, academic transcripts, and the names of at least two academic referees, along with a statement of your research interests to ferrierpgc@vuw.ac.nz.

The generation of new Penicillin variants — Funded PhD project

Project outline

A PhD scholarship is available to synthesise and formulate new penicillin variants and examine their properties. It will involve the design and multi-step chemical synthesis of targets using techniques such as anhydrous reaction conditions, column chromatography, NMR, MS and HPLC. An appreciation of good practice health and safety and record keeping are essential. The candidate will receive full training and guidance through all aspects of the project.

The work will be based at the Ferrier Research Institute at Victoria University of Wellington, Wellington, New Zealand, supervised by Dr Phillip Rendle and be in collaboration with Dr Dianne Sika-Paotonu at the University of Otago Wellington. The PhD candidate must be in New Zealand or able to get to New Zealand to carry out this study. We especially welcome Māori or Pasifika applicants.

The candidate will hold a BSc (Hons) or MSc in organic or medicinal chemistry, synthetic drug discovery or a related discipline with significant practical organic chemistry experience and will be enthusiastic and passionate about research.

To apply: Please contact Dr Rendle (via ferrierpgc@vuw.ac.nz) to explain your interest in this project and how this relates to your previous experience. Please include a copy of your CV, academic transcript, and the names of three referees.

Funding Notes

The applicant must be eligible for admission to the PhD programme at Victoria University of Wellington. A GPA of 7.5 or greater (on a 9 point scale), first class honours or Master’s grade and demonstration of proficiency in English are essential. The PhD scholarship provides tuition fees and a tax-free personal allowance of NZ$30,500 per annum for three years. International candidates receive the same package as New Zealand residents provided they reside in New Zealand for the duration of the project and study under a New Zealand student visa.

A new class of anti- tuberculosis drugs: Design and synthesis of MetX inhibitors — Funded PhD project

Project outline

The project under the supervision of Dr Farah Lamiable-Oulaidi, Professor Peter Tyler and Dr Wanting Jiao is designed to maximise the chance of developing a successful drug to treat Tuberculosis by using enzymatic transition-state analysis. This powerful technique effectively provides a blueprint for the design of potent enzyme inhibitors by describing enzyme transition-state features. We are using a computational approach to determine the transition-state of MetX, an enzyme involved in the targeted Mtb pathway. This project will involve the design, synthesis and testing of potential enzyme inhibitors.

The cross-disciplinary project will involve elements of synthetic organic chemistry, analytical chemistry and inhibitory activity assays. In this project, you will gain experience in the synthesis of small molecules and become proficient using the associated characterisation techniques (LC-MS, NMR etc). If interested, you could also be involved in the computational approach to inhibitor design.

Funding

The Stipend is NZD $30,500 pa and full fees will be paid.

Eligibility

It is essential that the successful applicant has a background in organic chemistry.

Applicants will have a BSc (Hons), MSc or equivalent degree in chemistry with a focus on organic chemistry.

International applicants will require to fill an exemption form to enter the country, and meet Victoria University of Wellington English language requirement.

Contacts and next steps

Please apply to our Postgraduate Coordinator Dr Alison Daines ferrierPGC@vuw.ac.nz. When applying please ensure all required documents are attached:
* All degree certificates and transcripts (undergraduate AND postgraduate MSc—officially translated into English where necessary)
* Detailed CV
* Details of 2 academic referees