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Opportunities in the CReaTE research group

Postdoctoral and research fellow opportunities

We have an outstanding opportunity for a talented early-career scientist to join us as a Postdoctoral Fellow. The project will focus on advanced biofabrication/bio-assembly strategies to engineer hybrid constructs for musculoskeletal regeneration, including bone and cartilage engineering.

The job description and information about how to apply can be accessed from the university's current vacancies website:

Postdoctoral Fellow Position - CReaTE Bioprinting (Christchurch)

Applications close on Sunday 31st March 2019 (NZDT).

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PhD opportunities

We have three great research opportunities for the right PhD candidates: Biofabrication of hybrid scaffolds for skeletal regenerative medicine; Harnessing macromolecular chemistry to mimic vascular development biology; and Biofabrication of living bone grafts.

Applicants should hold an Undergraduate and/or Masters degree in either Biomaterials & Tissue Enineering, Biofabrication/3D Printing, Bioengineering, Polymer Chemistry, or other related biological sciences or engineering disciplines, preferably with an 'A' grade average or equivalent GPA.

We invite applications from candidates with high motivation, independent thinking, and good communication skills (both written and oral).

Please send 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 expertise) to deborah.mcmahon@otago.ac.nz before Friday 15th March (NZDT).

PhD: Biofabrication of hybrid scaffolds for skeletal regenerative medicine

This fully funded 3-year PhD project with the CReaTE research group is supported by the New Zealand MedTech Research Center of Excellence (CoRE).

The successful applicant will be supervised by Associate Professor Tim Woodfield and Dr Khoon Lim.

Skills required

We encourage applications from enthusiastic PhD candidates who have significant experience with 3D scaffold fabrication, 3D bioprinting, biomaterial characterisation techniques, and mechanical testing. CAD/FEA, micro-CT imaging, and histology processing experience is preferred. In vitro cell culture and biochemical analysis techniques would be highly valued.

Funding arrangements

A $25,000 per annum stipend, including fees (approx. $9,500) for the duration of the 3-year PhD degree with a possible 1-year extension.

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PhD: Harnessing macromolecular chemistry to mimic vascular development biology

This fully funded 3-year PhD project with the CReaTE research group is supported by the Royal Society of New Zealand Marsden Fund.

The successful applicant will be supervised by Dr Khoon Lim and Associate Professor Tim Woodfield.

Skills required

We encourage applications from enthusiastic PhD candidates who have significant experience with 3D scaffold fabrication, 3D bioprinting, chemistry, biomaterial characterisation techniques, and mechanical testing. In vitro cell culture and and biochemical analysis techniques would be highly valued.

Funding arrangements

A $25,000 per annum stipend, including fees (approx. $9,500) for the duration of the 3-year PhD project with a possible 1-year extension.

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PhD : Biofabrication of living bone grafts

This fully funded 3-year PhD project with the CReaTE research group is supported by the Health Research Council of New Zealand.

The successful applicant will be supervised by Dr Khoon Lim, Associate Professor Tim Woodfield, and Professor Gary Hooper.

Skills required

We encourage applications from enthusiastic PhD candidates who have significant experience with 3D scaffold fabrication, Biofabrication, and cell culture. In vitro cell functionality assays, biochemical analysis techniques, and animal handling experience would be highly valued.

Funding arrangements

A $25,000 per annum stipend including fees (approx. $9,500) for the duration of the 3-year PhD degree.

Read more about this PhD opportunity

Applications for all three positions close on Friday 15th March 2019 (NZDT).

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'r 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

2018/2019 summer

We hosted James Swan in the 2018/2019 summer student intake, who researched his topic Optimisation of oxygen gradients in 3D-bioprinted cartilage constructs.

Dr Gabriella Lindberg guidied James in his research throughout his 10 weeks with us. His bursary was sponsored by the Canterbury Medical Research Foundation.

2017/2018 summer

We hosted Annabelle Greenwood in the 2017/18 summer intake, who researched her topic Engineering physiologically relevant breast cancer tumour models.

Dr Khoon Lim guided Annabelle in her research throughout her 10 weeks with us. Her bursary was sponsored by the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation.

Annabelle was the recipient of the best laboratory presentation award for 2017/18.

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