PhD Student - Intestinal barrier function enhancing peptide

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Дедлайн: 13.07.2015



We are seeking an outstanding PhD candidate to undertake research to determine the mechanisms of action used by an agricultural-derived peptide to enhance small intestinal barrier function and immune homeostasis. The project is funded by the Bioresource Processing Alliance and aims to contribute to the development of a high-value nutraceutical product from an agricultural waste product. The PhD thesis will build on preliminary data suggesting that the peptide of interest enhances intestinal barrier integrity, which is vital to prevent pathogens from entering the body and potentially causing disease. The ability of the peptide to maintain small intestinal immune balance will also be investigated.

This three year studentship includes an annual tax-free stipend, tuition fees and consumables. The research will be undertaken within the Food Nutrition & Health team at AgResearch Grasslands in Palmerston North, New Zealand. The PhD candidate will be enrolled at Massey University, and have supervisors from both the Riddet Institute and the School of Engineering & Advanced Technology.

The ideal candidate must have:
• A relevant Masters or Honours degree (e.g. physiology, molecular biology, immunology)
• Excellent written and oral communication skills (IELTS score of 6.5 required if English is not first language)
• Strong analytical and problem solving skills
• Diligence, resilience and enthusiasm.

Previous experience working in a cell culture or molecular biology laboratory would be advantageous.

The intended start date for this project is 1st October 2015, or as soon as possible after this date.

The closing date for applications is 13th July 2015. Interested persons can contact Dr Rachel Anderson by email or phone her on (+64-6-351-8231).

AgResearch is one of New Zealand's leading research organisations. We work for the benefit of New Zealand, collaborating closely with industry partners to achieve the outcomes they need. AgResearch's purpose is to enhance the value, productivity and profitability of New Zealand's pastoral, agri-food and agri-technology sector value chains to contribute to economic growth and beneficial environmental and social outcomes for New Zealand.