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The Centre for Bioengineering and Nanomedicine has opportunities for those wishing to undertake a PhD.

  • A PhD within the Centre can be highly rewarding as the projects involve applying basic science to real problems.
  • PhD students can enroll either at the University of Otago or collaborating institutions.
  • Scholarships are available from University of Otago and industry partners, as well as collaborating institutes.
  • To learn more about these PhD opportunities please contact the corresponding research theme leader.

Molecular Imaging

Several fully funded PhD projects are available immediately in the MARS Spectral X-ray CT Group (University of Otago and University of Canterbury) as part of a 6 year project to develop Human Scale Spectral CT Technology incorporating X-ray photon processing detectors.


There are several areas of research with the MARS group, including but not limited to:

  • Medipix detector characterisation, sensor layer physics, and next generation ASICs.
  • Spectral image processing for simultaneous multi-material discrimination and quantification.
  • Image processing and software development for 3D visualization, and PACs integration.
  • Data handling techniques for large volumes of data from the multi-chip spectral camera.
  • Pre-clinical biomedical research in Osteoarthritis and Atheroma diagnosis, image based quantification of novel bio-markers and targeted nanoparticles for Cancer detection, Bone health and quality metrics.

Student skills:

Students should be have strong skills in either Physics, Engineering, Computer Science, Biology, or Mathematics. And a strong desire to become familiar with the wide range of disciplines that make up Bioengineering research. The student needs excellent undergraduate grades, and good English language skills that meet the scholarship requirements of the host university.

Research location:

The student(s) will be hosted by New Zealand universities located in Christchurch, where they will work for the majority of their time. Most international PhD students are eligible for a NZ student visa.

Specific projects include:

  1. Assessment of bone mineral density by MARS - September 2016
  2. Spectral imaging of metallic implants and new bone ingrowth within scaffolds - September 2016
  3. Measuring activity of cancer, infection and inflammatory diseases using targeted nanoparticles and MARS imaging - September 2016
  4. Realistic volume rendering algorithms for "real-time" visualisation of large multi-variate datasets - September 2016
  5. Image Processing Techniques for MARS Spectral Computed Tomography - September 2016
  6. MARS molecular imaging and the future clinical workflow - September 2016
  7. High performance CT material reconstruction for large datasets - September 2016
  8. High performance rendering algorithms for visualising large volumetric datasets - September 2016
  9. Tools for volumetric data analysis to support pre-clinical and scientific research - September 2016

More information on these projects can be found here, and here.

Regenerative Medicine

PhD position in Regenerative Medicine and Additive Manufacturing available

Additive Manufacturing (AM) and 3D Printing are shaping the future of orthopaedic surgery and Regenerative Medicine. We are seeking a motivated PhD candidate with a background in Bioengineering, Biomaterials and/or Tissue Engineering. A 4 year fully funded PhD project is available immediately in the CReaTE Group (University of Otago Christchurch), funded by the New Zealand MedTech Centre of Research Excellence (CoRE).

The project title is the “Biofabrication of hybrid scaffolds for skeletal regenerative medicine”, more details can be found here.


Applicants should hold an Undergraduate and/or Masters degree in one of the following areas: Biomaterials & Tissue Engineering, Biofabrication/3D Printing, Bioengineering, Polymer Chemistry or other related biological sciences or engineering disciplines, and preferably should have an ‘A’ grade average (or equivalent GPA).

To apply:

All candidates with high motivation, independent thinking, and good communication skills (both written and oral) should apply. Please send a copy of your full CV including references to publications/conference proceedings; copies of undergraduate/ postgraduate academic transcripts; the names of two referees, and any other supporting information relevant to the project (e.g. lab/assay skills, software/hardware expertise) to by 24th March 2017.

For more information on the CReATE Group and the University of Otago Christchurch visit.

Please visit the PhD page of the University of Otago's website for general information for University of Otago PhD study.

Point of Care Technologies

PhD opportunities in Wellington New Zealand

Excellent candidates are invited to apply for 2 fully-funded PhD projects hosted by the Wellington Computational Physiology & Medical Technology Group - a team of physiologists, physicists, biomedical engineers, and critical care clinicians developing point of care technology solutions for critical care medicine.

  1. Portable NMR sensor technologies - October 2016
  2. Precision Health in Intensive Care (PHysIC project) - October 2016

More details on these projects can be found here.

Application process

Applications should include a CV, copies of published academic papers and academic transcripts, a brief (1 page maximum) statement of research experience, and the names of at least two people who can provide professional letters of reference. These positions offer candidates the opportunity to work in a translational environment where physiology and technology have a direct impact on human health.

For more information, please contact:
Associate Professor Shieak YC Tzeng [ ]
Wellington Medical Technology Group
University of Otago Wellington.

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