Marsden PhD Scholarship in Light Responsive Drug Development Systems at Auckland Uni of Technology in New Zealand 2021

Auckland University of Technology is inviting applications for the Marsden PhD Scholarship in Light Responsive Drug Development Systems in New Zealand for the 2021/2022 academic session.

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.

Worth of Award

  • Stipend $27,500 plus PhD domestic tuition fees


  • Applicants must have completed 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 successful candidate will demonstrate enthusiasm and have an outstanding academic record and be prepared to conduct the doctoral study at Auckland University of Technology (AUT) based in New Zealand.
  • Preference will be given to NZ Citizens, NZ Permanent Residents or international students currently onshore in New Zealand.
  • Applying for a scholarship and admission into AUT are separate processes at AUT. Applicants must fulfil all conditions for admission to the Doctoral Programme in AUT. T
  • Requirements for the Doctoral programme include having completed the required academic qualifications for direct entry and meeting the requirements for English language proficiency. Minimum English language requirement for international applicants – IELTS scores of 6.5 overall with 7 in writing and all other bands 6.0 or higher. High proficiency in English is essential.
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How to Apply

  • Applicants must apply by email to Dr Cassandra Fleming ([email protected]) attaching:
  • A cover letter highlighting your research interests and experience.
  • A brief (no more than 2 pages) 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.
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Deadline: Application closes February 20, 2021.


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