PhD in Structural biology/Protein biochemistry

The Morris lab at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, is seeking a motivated student to carry out investigations of protein aggregation. We study the structures, interactions and mechanisms of amyloid-forming proteins and their roles in disease including neurodegenerative disease and cancer. Specific projects will aim to understand molecular details of protein interactions in Alzheimer’s disease development or mechanistic details and roles of amyloid-forming tumour suppressors. Projects will involve a range of structural and biophysical methods including NMR spectroscopy and electron microscopy.

Positions are fully funded and cover course fees plus stipend. Applicants must have a BSc(Hons) or MSc, and a background in biochemistry, structural biology or related disciplines. Ideal candidates will be good communicators and co-workers, have an enquiring mind and willingness to learn, and a demonstrated level of high academic achievement. Experience working with proteins is favourable but not essential.

We are a young, vibrant and growing group with international connections, and we welcome applicants from different backgrounds. You can find more information on the group at our website www.morris-lab.com.

Applicants can submit their application directly to vanessa.morris@canterbury.ac.nz. Applications should include:

  • A cover letter outlining your background, experience and interests, and possible starting dates
  • Full CV
  • A copy of your academic transcript including grades
  • The names and contact details of 2-3 academic referees