PhD Positionsfor International Students in New Zealand

  • PHD
  • $27,500 p.a. + tuition fees

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.

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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.

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The Stipend is NZD $27,500 p.a. and full fees will be paid.


Please apply to our Postgraduate Coordinator Dr Alison Daines 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
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