PhD Scholarship – Light Responsive Drug Development Systems

This synthetic chemistry project aims to develop light-responsive organelle-targeted drug delivery systems to control exactly when and where drugs exhibit their therapeutic activity in a cellular setting. Fluorescence will also be used to track, in real-time, the distribution of the inactive drug before using light to trigger its activation at the desired subcellular location.

We are looking for an individual who holds either a Bachelor of Science (Honours) or Master of Science in chemistry. Knowledge and experience in organic chemistry and techniques for characterisation, including NMR spectroscopy, as well as good communication skills in written and spoken English is essential.

The PhD scholarship (NZ$27,500 per annum) is for three years and is funded by a Marsden Fast Start grant. PhD domestic tuition fees are also covered. Anticipated start date is 1 st March 2021.

For further details on the project, or to submit an application, please email Dr Cassandra Fleming ( using the subject line ‘Drug Delivery Systems PhD’ along with:

  • A cover letter highlighting your research interests and experience.
  • A curriculum vitae.
  • Academic transcripts and certificates for any previous tertiary study completed at a
    university other than AUT.
  • Details (including phone and email) of two academic referees.

Closing Date: 10 January 2021