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Postgraduate research opportunities at the University of Otago

Ngā ara rangahau – tohu paerua – Te Whare Wānanga o Otāgo

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Patient education and self-management for patients with persistent rotator cuff related shoulder pain

Supervisor
Associate Professor Gisela Sole
Levels
Master’s, PhD

Predictors for confidence and self-efficacy following ACL reconstruction

Supervisor
Associate Professor Gisela Sole
Levels
PhD, Postdoctoral

The role of sleep in health and wellbeing of children and adolescents

Supervisor
Professor Racheal Taylor
Level
PhD


Sleep patterns and children’s oral health

Supervisors
Associate Professor Barbara Galland, Associate Professor Ben Wheeler, Dr Manikandan Ekambaram (Mani)
Level
PhD


RNA biology, genome variation, & bioinformatics

Supervisor
Associate Professor Paul Gardner
Level
PhD

Characterising the role of peroxidasin in breast cancer

Close date
Friday, 19 February 2021
Supervisor
Dr Martina Paumann-Page
Level
Honours

Amyloids of p16 in cancer

Close date
Friday, 19 February 2021
Supervisor
Dr Christoph Goebl
Level
Honours

Proofing code reuse: Detecting errors in publicly available software (Fully funded PhD Scholarship)

Supervisors
Dr Sherlock Anthony Licorish, Dr Amjed Tahir, Professor Stephen MacDonell
Level
PhD

Health and disability discordance

Supervisor
Dr Meredith Perry
Levels
Master’s, PhD

Respiratory service provision for people with Neuromuscular disease

Supervisor
Dr Meredith Perry
Levels
Master’s, PhD

Parks for Activity and Recreation in the Community (PARC’s)

Supervisor
Dr Meredith Perry
Levels
Master’s, PhD

Implementing STarT Back in New Zealand for people with low back pain

Supervisor
Dr Cathy Chapple
Levels
Master’s, PhD, Postdoctoral

Dose of manual therapy for people with knee osteoarthritis

Supervisor
Dr Cathy Chapple
Levels
Master’s, PhD, Postdoctoral

Complex (combined) interventions for the management of people with osteoarthritis

Supervisor
Dr Cathy Chapple
Levels
Master’s, PhD, Postdoctoral

Kaupapa Māori or Māori centred suicide research

Close date
Tuesday, 22 June 2021
Supervisors
Dr Gabrielle Jenkin, Dr Sarah McKenzie
Level
Master’s

E kore au e ngaro – The enduring legacy of whakapapa

Supervisor
Dr Karyn Paringatai
Level
PhD

Genome sequencing and human susceptibility to Legionella longbeachae infection

Close date
Friday, 19 February 2021
Supervisors
Professor Martin Kennedy, Dr Sandy Slow, Associate Professor John Pearson
Level
Honours

Isolating and identifying amoebal species in pine tree bark for Legionella longbeachae co-culture: Implications for preventing Legionnaires’ disease

Close date
Friday, 19 February 2021
Supervisors
Dr Sandy Slow, Professor Steve Chambers, Professor David Murdoch
Level
Honours

Can we improve sepsis diagnosis and mortality prediction of critically ill patients in intensive care?

Close date
Friday, 19 February 2021
Supervisor
Associate Professor Anitra Carr
Level
Honours

The role of circulating bacteria in cardiovascular disease

Close date
Friday, 19 February 2021
Supervisors
Dr Sarah Appleby, Dr Rachel Purcell, Associate Professor John Pearson, Professor Chris Pemberton
Level
Honours

Structural biology of signal transduction

Supervisor
Associate Professor Peter Mace
Level
PhD

High-resolution reconstruction of past water quality using innovative non-destructive core scanning techniques in New Zealand lake sediments

Supervisors
Dr Chris Moy, Dr Sebastian Naeher, Dr Marcus Vandergoes (GNS Science)
Level
PhD

Cost-effectiveness of interventions to improve physical activity participation in young people

Supervisors
Professor Louise Signal, Dr Anja Mizdrak, Dr Justin Richards (Sport New Zealand)
Level
PhD


The fluid dynamics of planet formation

Supervisor
Dr Jonathan Squire
Level
PhD

Studying the dynamic near-sun solar wind

Supervisor
Dr Jonathan Squire
Level
PhD

Tracing gold mineralization and associated heavy-metal pollution using lead isotopes

Supervisors
Dr Candace Martin, Professor Claudine Stirling
Level
Master’s

Provenance of sand and mud in turbidites using detrital zircons and neodymium isotopes

Supervisors
Dr Candace Martin, Dr Mike Palin
Level
Master’s

Trace elements in freshwater bivalve shells as records of water quality

Supervisor
Dr Candace Martin
Levels
Honours, Master’s

Smoking and occupation in Aotearoa: a census based analysis

Supervisors
Professor Richard Edwards, Associate Professor James Stanley
Levels
Master’s, PhD

Cloud and distributed systems security

Supervisor
Associate Professor David Eyers
Levels
PhD, Master’s

Large-scale data science

Supervisor
Associate Professor David Eyers
Levels
PhD, Master’s

Time-series database systems

Supervisor
Associate Professor David Eyers
Levels
PhD, Master’s

Distributed data provenance tracking and data sovereignty

Supervisor
Associate Professor David Eyers
Levels
PhD, Master’s

Explainable, context-sensitive, user-centric security

Supervisor
Associate Professor David Eyers
Levels
PhD, Master’s

Two fully funded PhD positions to study climate change in the Ross Sea Region of Antarctica

Supervisors
Associate Professor Nicolas Cullen, Dr Marwan Katurji
Level
PhD

PhD Degree in Earthquake Rupture Simulation Science

Supervisors
Professor Mark Stirling, Dr Matthew Gerstenberger
Level
PhD

Spatial ecology of urban possums

Supervisors
Professor Philip Seddon, Professor Yolanda van Heezik, Adjunct Professor Deb Wilson (Mannaki Whenua/Landcare Research)
Level
PhD

Postdoctoral Scholar in Earthquake Science

Supervisors
Professor Mark Stirling, Dr Caroline Orchiston
Level
Postdoctoral

Upper Clutha terrace chronology and late Quaternary activity of the Pisa Fault

Supervisor
Professor Mark Stirling
Levels
Master’s, PhD

Ice mechanics and the dynamics of ice sheets

Supervisor
Professor Dave Prior
Levels
Honours, Master’s, PhD

Subvolcanic features beneath an underwater volcanic complex at the Moeraki Peninsula

Supervisors
Professor James White, Dr Christian Ohneiser
Levels
Honours, Master’s, PhD

Ross Sea Paleoceanography and ice shelf retreat – 15 kyr to present

Supervisors
Dr Christian Ohneiser, Dr Christina Riesselman, Dr Catherine Beltran
Levels
Postgraduate Diploma, Honours, Master’s, PhD

Eocene-Oligocene paleoclimate of NZ constructed from drill cores

Supervisors
Dr Christian Ohneiser, Associate Professor Daphne Lee, Dr Chris Moy, Dr Catherine Beltran
Levels
Postgraduate Diploma, Honours, Master’s, PhD

Surtsey volcano's diatreme

Supervisor
Professor James White
Levels
Postgraduate Diploma, Honours, Master’s, PhD

Mafic Enclaves, Kawakaputa Point, Southland

Supervisor
Dr Mike Palin
Level
Honours

The structural and lithological characterization of the Port Chalmers Breccia

Supervisors
Dr Marco Brenna, Professor James White, Dr Christian Ohneiser
Levels
Postgraduate Diploma, Honours

Greenhills Igneous Complex, Bluff Peninsula, Southland

Supervisor
Dr Mike Palin
Levels
Postgraduate Diploma, Honours

"Marine" seismic imaging of the Ostler Fault in Mackenzie Country, central South Island, New Zealand

Supervisor
Associate Professor Andrew Gorman
Levels
Postgraduate Diploma, Honours, Master’s

"Marine" seismic imaging of the floor of Lake Roxburgh, Central Otago, New Zealand

Supervisor
Associate Professor Andrew Gorman
Levels
Postgraduate Diploma, Honours, Master’s

Understanding the timing and drivers of drought in New Zealand

Supervisors
Dr Chris Moy, Dr Christina Riesselman, Dr Marcus Vandergoes (GNS Science)
Level
PhD

3D lithological reconstruction of the Dunedin Volcano

Supervisor
Dr Marco Brenna
Levels
Honours, Master’s

Climate of the last millennium

Supervisors
Dr Chris Moy, Dr Marcus Vandergoes (GNS Science)
Levels
Honours, Master’s

Mechanism for active subsidence of the Dunedin volcano

Supervisors
Professor Mark Stirling, Dr Paul Denys (Surveying), Dr Pilar Villamor (GNS Science)
Level
Master’s

Seismic analysis of the Hyde Fault

Supervisors
Associate Professor Andrew Gorman, Professor Dave Prior, Professor Mark Stirling
Levels
Honours, Master’s

Fluid Release and Transport in the Otago Schist: Hydrogen and Carbon Stable Isotopes

Supervisors
Dr Mike Palin, Associate Professor Greg Holk (California State University)
Level
Master’s

Developing a crustal P-wave velocity model for SE South Island using petroleum industry sources and land-based broadband seismometers

Supervisors
Associate Professor Andrew Gorman, Dr Donna Eberhart-Philips (GNS Science)
Levels
Honours, Master’s

Ethics and social license of antimicrobials developed for animal-only use

Supervisors
Dr Mike King, Associate Professor Lynley Anderson
Level
PhD

Hydrothermal reaction experiments involving serpentinite.

Supervisor
Dr Steven Smith
Levels
Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma, Honours, Master’s, PhD

The Mantle under New Zealand, Department of Geology

Supervisor
Associate Professor James Scott
Levels
Postgraduate Diploma, Honours

Quaternary Stratigraphy (and/or Structure?) of Otago Harbour

Supervisors
Associate Professor Andrew Gorman, Dr Christina Riesselman
Levels
Honours, Master’s


Postgraduate Research Opportunities with a focus on the Socio-cultural, Political-Economic and Media Impact of Sport

Supervisors
Professor Steve Jackson, Associate Professor Michael Sam
Levels
Postgraduate Diploma, Master’s, PhD, Postdoctoral

Responding to sexual violence in a university context

Close date
Wednesday, 9 December 2020
Supervisors
Associate Professor Melanie Beres, Associate Professor Gareth Treharne, Dr Jeff Foote
Levels
Master’s, PhD

Humanities and Arts in Health

Supervisor
Dr Katherine Hall
Levels
Master’s, PhD

Human Resource Management

Supervisors
Associate Professor Fiona Edgar, Dr Paula O'Kane, Dr Jing (Annie) Zhang, Dr Dana Ott
Level
PhD

Bibliography and Book History

Supervisor
Associate Professor Shef Rogers
Levels
Postgraduate Diploma, Honours, Master’s, PhD

Voice and Tone in Eighteenth-Century British Literature

Supervisor
Associate Professor Shef Rogers
Levels
Postgraduate Diploma, Honours, Master’s, PhD

Small beginnings, significant outcomes: A new life-course approach to understanding the impacts of social inequality on human health in ancient China

Supervisors
Associate Professor Sian Halcrow, Dr Melanie Miller, Professor Kate Pechenkina, Associate Professor Dong Yu
Levels
Honours, PhD, Postdoctoral

Vision Mātauranga in the New Zealand Science System

Supervisor
Dr Katharina Ruckstuhl and Dr Diane Ruwhiu
Levels
Master’s, PhD

Research in Pharmacy Practice

Supervisor
Dr Mudassir Anwar
Levels
Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma, Honours, PhD

Ethical dimensions of public health and health policy; global health justice

Supervisor
Elizabeth Fenton
Levels
Master’s, PhD

Tracking PhD graduates - where do they go?

Supervisor
Professor Rachel Spronken-Smith
Level
PhD

Clinical research in concussion recovery

Supervisor
Dr Ewan Kennedy
Levels
Master’s, PhD




Indigenous medievalisms: Intercultural interactions c.1000–1500CE

Supervisor
Associate Professor Simone Marshall
Levels
Master’s, PhD

Principlism and Medical Ethics

Supervisors
Associate Professor Giles Newton-Howes, Professor John McMillan, Professor Sharon Lawn
Level
PhD


Transport and Ageing

Supervisor
Dr Angela Curl
Levels
Master’s, PhD

Social and distributional impacts of transport

Supervisor
Dr Angela Curl
Levels
Master’s, PhD

Transport accessibility and relation to health and social outcomes

Supervisor
Dr Angela Curl
Levels
Master’s, PhD

Older adults experiences of the pedestrian environment

Supervisor
Dr Angela Curl
Levels
Master’s, PhD

Socio-spatial equity and shared micromobility

Supervisor
Dr Angela Curl
Levels
Master’s, PhD, Postdoctoral

The NEEDN’T Food Study

Supervisor
Associate Professor Simon Adamson
Level
PhD

Mental health nursing

Supervisor
Dr Dave Carlyle
Level
PhD

Improving functioning in mood disorders – includes psychotherapy, neurocognitive interventions, and family interventions in mood disorders

Supervisors
Professor Richard Porter, Professor Marie Crowe, Dr Katie Douglas, Dr Maree Inder, Dr Dave Carlyle
Level
PhD

The experience of and recovery from psychiatric disorders

Supervisors
Professor Marie Crowe, Dr Dave Carlyle
Level
PhD

Psychological consequences of psychiatric disorders

Supervisors
Dr Caroline Bell, Professor Richard Porter
Level
PhD

Rhetoric and Style in Roman historical texts

Supervisor
Dr Gwynaeth McIntyre
Levels
Honours, Master’s, PhD

Politics and Propaganda in Roman Coinage

Supervisors
Dr Gwynaeth McIntyre, Dr Daniel Osland
Levels
Honours, Master’s, PhD

Imperial Cult and the Politics of Roman Religion

Supervisor
Dr Gwynaeth McIntyre
Levels
Honours, Master’s, PhD

Hellenistic history

Supervisor
Associate Professor Pat Wheatley
Levels
Postgraduate Diploma, Honours, Master’s, PhD

Ancient Greek history: Numismatics

Supervisor
Associate Professor Pat Wheatley
Levels
Postgraduate Diploma, Honours, Master’s, PhD

Ancient Greek history: The Diadochoi

Supervisor
Associate Professor Pat Wheatley
Levels
Postgraduate Diploma, Honours, Master’s, PhD

Ancient Greek history: Philip II and Alexander the Great

Supervisor
Associate Professor Pat Wheatley
Levels
Postgraduate Diploma, Honours, Master’s, PhD

The ethics of population health screening

Supervisor
Professor John McMillan
Level
PhD


Investor trading behaviour and asset prices

Supervisor
Dr Olena Onishchenko
Level
PhD

Race in the Middle Ages: Perceptions of Whiteness

Supervisor
Associate Professor Simone Marshall
Levels
Master’s, PhD

Accounting education (various topics)

Levels
Master’s, PhD


Australian nineteenth-century settler literature

Supervisor
Dr Grace Moore
Level
PhD

Application of machine learning algorithms for EEG data processing

Supervisor
Associate Professor Zhiyi Huang
Levels
Master’s, PhD

Making it work- understanding and assessing residential rehabilitation in the Salvation Army context

Supervisors
Dr Elliot Bell, Associate Professor Giles Newton-Howes
Level
PhD

Are residential aged care facilities required to offer cardiac resuscitation (CPR) to their residents?

Supervisors
Dr Janine Penfield Winters, M.D.
Levels
Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma, Master’s

Neo-Victorianism

Supervisor
Dr Grace Moore
Levels
Postgraduate Diploma, Honours, Master’s, PhD

Environmental Humanities

Supervisor
Dr Grace Moore
Levels
Postgraduate Diploma, Honours, Master’s, PhD

Philosophy of psychiatry, mental health, gender, ethics and sport

Supervisor
Dr Taryn Knox
Levels
Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma, Honours, Master’s, PhD

Parallel machine learning algorithms

Supervisor
Associate Professor Zhiyi Huang
Levels
Master’s, PhD

Augmented reality to enhance human vision

Supervisor
Associate Professor Tobias Langlotz
Levels
Honours, Master’s, PhD

Victorian literature and culture

Supervisor
Dr Grace Moore
Levels
Postgraduate Diploma, Honours, Master’s, PhD

Cicero the philosopher

Supervisor
Dr Sean McConnell
Levels
Postgraduate Diploma, Honours, Master’s, PhD

New ways of terminating transcription in bacterial pathogens

Supervisors
Dr Chris Brown, Dr Te-Yuan Chyou
Level
PhD



Transport and Health: Multiple projects available

Supervisor
Dr Rebecca Brookland
Levels
Master’s, PhD

Archaeology of the Western Provinces of the Roman Empire

Supervisor
Dr Daniel Osland
Levels
Honours, Master’s, PhD

High performance computing for big data

Supervisor
Associate Professor Zhiyi Huang
Levels
Master’s, PhD

The role of physical illness in mental health outcomes in pregnancy

Supervisors
Dr Elliot Bell, Dr Ruth Cunningham, Dr Susanna Every-Palmer, Dr Mark Huthwaite
Level
PhD

Molecular mechanisms of developmental disorders

Supervisor
Dr Louise Bicknell
Level
PhD

Living well with patellofemoral pain

Supervisor
Associate Professor Gisela Sole
Level
PhD

Analysis of cancer genome atlas data to identify epigenetic signature of tumour metastasis

Supervisors
Dr Aniruddha Chatterjee,
Levels
Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma, Honours, Master’s, PhD

Investigation of genetic and epigenetic signatures of primary and metastatic cancer (melanoma and colorectal cancer)

Supervisors
Dr Aniruddha Chatterjee, Dr Euan Rodger
Levels
Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma, Honours, Master’s, PhD

Mobile apps in healthcare

Supervisor
Associate Professor Rebecca Grainger
Level
PhD

Technology adoption in Medical Education

Supervisor
Associate Professor Rebecca Grainger
Level
PhD

Medical Education: Translating theory to practice

Supervisors
Associate Professor Diane Kenwright, Associate Professor Rebecca Grainger
Levels
PhD, Master’s

Towards a new penicillin for rheumatic fever prevention

Supervisor
Dr Dianne Sika-Paotonu
Level
Master’s

Implementation of genomic medicine in Aotearoa

Supervisor
Dr Sara Filoche
Level
PhD

The applicability of ctDNA for early cancer detection

Supervisor
Dr Dianne Sika-Paotonu
Level
Master’s

Studies in suicide

Close date
Sunday, 20 December 2020
Supervisors
Dr Gabrielle Jenkin, Dr Sarah McKenzie
Level
PhD

Neuroimaging in Parkinson's and Alzheimer's disease

Close date
Thursday, 10 September 2020
Supervisors
Dr Tracy Melzer, Professor Tim Anderson, Dr Mustafa Almuqbel
Levels
PhD, Postdoctoral

The role of inflammation shaping the response to acute myocardial infarction

Supervisors
Associate Professor Peter Larsen, Dr Ana Holley
Levels
Honours, Master’s, PhD

Molecular biomarkers in colorectal cancer

Supervisors
Dr Kirsty Danielson, Associate Professor Elizabeth Dennett
Levels
Honours, Master’s, PhD

Intellectual or learning disability

Supervisors
Dr Brigit Mirfin-Veitch, Dr Jenny Conder, Dr Henrietta Trip
Level
PhD

Two PhD positions in Protein Biochemistry

Supervisor
Professor Catherine Day
Level
PhD

Endometrial cancer: projects available in genomic, cell biology, clinical and public health areas

Supervisors
Dr Claire Henry, Professor Alec Ekeroma
Levels
PhD, Master’s, Honours

Psychotherapy for mood disorders

Supervisors
Professor Marie Crowe, Dr Jenny Jordan, Dr Maree Inder, Associate Professor Sue Luty
Level
PhD

Psychological adaptation to medical illness

Supervisor
Professor Lois Surgenor
Level
PhD

Personality disorders and treatment

Supervisors
Professor Roger Mulder, Dr Dave Carlyle
Level
PhD

Māori mental health

Supervisor
Dr Cameron Lacey
Level
PhD

Obesity

Supervisors
Associate Professor Lois Surgenor, Dr Jenny Jordan
Level
PhD

Eating disorders

Supervisors
Associate Professor Lois Surgenor, Dr Jenny Jordan
Level
PhD

Neurocognitive interventions

Supervisors
Professor Richard Porter, Dr Katie Douglas
Level
PhD

Anxiety disorders and treatment

Supervisor
Associate Professor Caroline Bell
Level
PhD

Addiction and co-existing disorders

Supervisors
Associate Professor Simon Adamson, Dr James Foulds, Professor Doug Sellman
Level
PhD

Qualitative methods

Supervisor
Associate Professor Lee Thompson
Level
PhD

Tobacco control and vaping

Supervisor
Associate Professor Lee Thompson
Level
PhD

Pleasure and health

Supervisor
Associate Professor Lee Thompson
Level
PhD

Critical approaches to public health and health promotion

Supervisor
Associate Professor Lee Thompson
Level
PhD

Health professionals and interprofessional boundaries

Supervisor
Associate Professor Lee Thompson
Level
PhD

Nursing practice

Supervisors
Professor Marie Crowe, Dr Beverley Burrell, Dr Virginia Jones, Associate Professor Philippa Seaton, Dr Jenny Conder, Dr Henrietta Trip
Level
PhD

Health professional education

Supervisors
Associate Professor Philippa Seaton, Dr Jenny Conder
Level
PhD

Health services delivery

Supervisors
Dr Beverley Burrell, Associate Professor Philippa Seaton, Dr Henrietta Trip
Level
PhD

Health leadership

Supervisors
Dr Beverley Burrell, Associate Professor Philippa Seaton
Level
PhD

Mental health

Supervisor
Professor Marie Crowe
Level
PhD

Family-centred care

Supervisors
Dr Virginia Jones, Dr Brigit Mirfin-Veitch, Dr Jenny Conder, Dr Henrietta Trip
Level
PhD

Women’s health

Supervisor
Dr Beverley Burrell
Level
PhD

Management of long-term conditions

Supervisors
Dr Beverley Burrell, Dr Virginia Jones, Associate Professor Philippa Seaton, Professor Marie Crowe, Dr Henrietta Trip
Level
PhD

Parkinson’s and related disorders

Supervisors
Professor Tim Anderson (clinical neurology), Dr Michael MacASkill (movement), Dr Tracy Melzer (brain imaging), Dr Toni Pitcher (PD imaging and epidemiology)
Level
PhD

Identification and characterisation of protein-protein interactions in cell migration

Close date
Sunday, 16 August 2020
Supervisor
Dr Adele Woolley
Level
PhD

Cancer cell invasion: Defining mechanisms underpinning deregulation of the Fn14 signalling axis

Close date
Tuesday, 15 December 2020
Supervisor
Dr Heather Cunliffe
Level
PhD

Christchurch Heart Institute Clinical Research

Supervisors
Professor Mark Richards, Professor Richard Troughton
Level
PhD