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Two PhD Positions Available

Two fully funded, 3-year PhD positions in coral systems biology and proteomics are available at Te Herenga Waka Victoria University of Wellington in Aotearoa New Zealand. Stipend ($35,000 NZD per year, untaxed) and tuition are provided. The start date is negotiable, but as soon as March 2024.

Both positions will focus on the roles of reactive oxygen species in coral bleaching and the coral-algal symbiosis using proteomics and physiological methods in corals and coral models. Read more about the project, and a profile of the work from the New Zealand Royal Society Te Apārangi. This work is primarily lab-based at VUW, but students will have the opportunity for training and fieldwork overseas  in collaboration with colleagues at the Carnegie Institution for Science, Harvard University, and King Abdullah University of Science and Technology.

Desired qualifications:

  • A Master’s or 4-year Honour's degree in cell biology, marine biology, molecular biology, biochemistry, or related fields, or B.S. with strong relevant research experience in these fields.

  • A record of publication and/or presentation at international conferences.

Preferred experience includes working with corals or coral models and cell or molecular biology lab experience, particularly mass spectrometry or CRISPR methods. All nationalities are eligible.

Applicants are encouraged to contact me directly at with a statement of interest and CV as early as possible, with a deadline of 18 December 2023.

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