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A postgraduate research opportunity at the University of Otago.


Academic background
Sciences, Health Sciences
Host campus
Honours, Master’s
Paediatrics (Christchurch)
Dr Sarah Harris


PhD candidates are being recruited to join the Department of Paediatrics, University of Otago, Christchurch.

The Department of Paediatrics has had long established interests in paediatric urology especially reflux, community child health, SIDS, and neonatal research.

Ongoing research activities include respiratory medicine, gastroenterology, nutrition, neonatal medicine, infectious diseases and childhood cancer.

We are looking for enthusiastic and highly motivated students to do their PhD, or other postgraduate degree.

Potential topics include:

  • Late effects of premature birth
  • Life course approach to cardiovascular risk
  • Screening for early life adversity/psychosocial well being
  • Strategies to reduce hyperoxia in premature infants
  • Medical education: Utilising technology to enhance neonatal advanced training

Applicants must be eligible for admission to the PhD programme at the University of Otago.

PhD programme entry requirements

Funding notes

Whether you are a domestic or an international student, the University of Otago has a range of Doctoral Scholarships available to you.

If you are a straight A student (GPA of 8 - ‘A’ grade) or higher, who has completed an Honours or Master’s degree with an appropriate research component from a New Zealand university then you are likely to be guaranteed a University of Otago Doctoral Scholarship.

University of Otago Doctoral Scholarship

Other scholarship opportunities


In the first instance, applicants should contact Dr Sarah Harris by email to discuss a project. Further information may be sought from suitable candidates that will include:

  • a copy of your CV
  • a copy of your academic transcript
  • a pdf copy of your research thesis

Further Information

The Department of Paediatrics has a number of potential topics and projects on offer, including PhD and Master of Medical Science (MMedSc).

We welcome enquiries and encourage all prospective students to directly contact potential supervisors in their field of interest.


Sarah Harris