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Opportunities in the CReaTE research group

Postdoctoral and research fellow opportunities

All of our postdoctoral and research fellow positions are currently filled.

When we have an open position it will be promoted here, so check back here often.

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PhD opportunities

We have two great opportunities for the right PhD candidates:

Acellular strategy for tissue repair

This is suitable for applicants with an aptitude for working with extracellular vesicles and hydrogels to support cartilage/bone and cardiac tissue repair, including their use in a minimally invasive surgical approach for the treatment of myocardial infarction (AKA heart attack).

We encourage applications from talented PhD candidates who hold an Undergraduate and/or Master's degree in Cell Biology, Biomedical Engineering, Biomaterials or related disciplines in engineering or biological sciences, and preferably with an 'A' grade average or equivalent GPA.

Read more about this position and how to apply

Development of microfluidic techniques and 3D printing strategies for medical device applications

This is suitable for applicants who can apply engineering principles to the design and development of microfluidic systems to support the fabrication of cellular micro-tissues.

We encourage applications from enthusiastic PhD candidates who hold an Undergraduate and/or Master's degree in Engineering (mechanical or biomedical), Applied Physics, Additive Manufacturing, Biomaterials or related disciplines in engineering or biological sciences, and preferably with an 'A' grade average or equivalent GPA.

Read more about this position and how to apply

Email create.research@otago.ac.nz

Due to border closures in response to the covid-19 pandemic, we can only accept applications from those currently residing in New Zealand or who have the ability to enter the country. New Zealand border controls are an evolving situation.
Read the COVID-19 information for international students page regularly for more information

Visiting international interns

We enjoy close collaborations with a number of overseas universities, which means we often host visiting international Masters interns by arrangement.

Some of our visiting interns have stayed with us for periods of up to 8 months.

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Summer studentship opportunities

We frequently host students over the summer break between academic years. Our summer students stay with us for 10 to 12 weeks undertaking supervised research on an agreed project.

If you're interested in joining us as a summer student you need to be enrolled at any New Zealand tertiary education provider for the following year and there is an application process to follow.

Our projects are advertised by the Research Office each September. If you are interested in applying for a summer studentship contact us early so that we can have a suitable project idea developed and ready for the application process.

Email create.research@otago.ac.nz

2021/2022 summer

We’re hosting seven students in the 2021/2022 period.

Aimee Brown is researching her topic Oxygen control in inflammatory osteoarthritic tissues, and is supervised by Dr Gabriella Lindberg, Axel Norberg, Laura Veenendaal, and Professor Tim Woodfield. Our thanks to the Health Research Council of New Zealand for sponsoring Aimee’s summer student bursary.

Jonathan Cox is researching his topic Vascular bone organoid as a disease model to osteonecrosis, and is supervised by Dr Steven Cui, Dr Khoon Lim, Professor Gary Hooper, and Professor Tim Woodfield. Our thanks to the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment for sponsoring Jonathan’s summer student bursary.

Max Higham is researching his topic Donor screening and application of adipose-derived stem cells, and is supervised by Dr Khoon Lim and Gretel Major. Our thanks to the Light Activated Biomaterials (LAB) group for sponsoring Max’s summer student bursary.

Louis Newman is researching his topic Extracellular vesicles for cartilage repair, and is supervised by Dr Steven Cui, Dr Khoon Lim, and Professor Tim Woodfield. We’re grateful for Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment’s sponsorship of Louis’ summer student bursary.

Nipa Patel is researching her topic Design and development of skin-adhesive hydrogels for CPAP devices, and is supervised by Dr Cesar Alcala and Dr Khoon Lim. Our thanks to the Light Activated Biomaterials (LAB) group for sponsoring Nipa’s summer student bursary.

Christian Smith is researching his topic Can biofabrication create the ‘ideal’ patch for congenital diaphragmatic hernia repair?, and is supervised by Dr Jonathan Wells and Dr Khoon Lim. Our thanks to the Canterbury Medical Research Foundation for sponsoring Christian’s summer student bursary.

Samuel Tomkins is researching his topic Delivery of growth factors for treatment of avascular necrosis (AVN), and is supervised by Dr Khoon Lim and Dr Alessia Longoni. Our thanks to the Light Activated Biomaterials (LAB) group for sponsoring Samuel’s summer student bursary.

2020/2021 summer

We hosted three students in the 2020/2021 summer period.

Charlotte Cahill researched her topic Development of hydrogel based skin adhesives, and was supervised by Dr Khoon Lim and Dr Cesar Alcala. Our thanks to Fisher and Paykel Healthcare for sponsoring Valery’s summer student bursary.

Valery Yizhou Lui researched her topic Donor variation and optimisation of 3D cell culture system for cartilage tissue regeneration, and Dr Gabriella Lindberg supervised Valery during her 10 weeks with us. We’re grateful for the support of the Canterbury Medical Research Foundation for sponsoring Valery’s bursary.

Anthony Soonseng Yee-Goh researched his topic Exploring cytotoxicity of neutral hyperclorous acid, and was supervised by Dr Khoon Lim and Dr Jack Parker. Our thanks to Canterbury Orthopaedic Services Limited for sponsoring Anthony’s summer student bursary.

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