PhD Student, Material Sciences – Biopolymer Network Limited, Christchurch, NZ

PhD Student, Material Sciences – Biopolymer Network Limited, Christchurch, NZ

17 March, 2017


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The Organisation

AgResearch is a strategic partner in the Biopolymer Network Limited (, alongside Scion, and, Plant and Food Research.

AgResearch is a leading Crown Research Institute charged with delivering science and innovation to benefit New Zealand and its wider economy.  Our internationally recognised scientists are dedicated to this mission and we collaborate with world leading science organisations and universities to achieve exceptional science delivery.  We are proud to be a unique organisation that is driving prosperity by transforming to better equip our future generations to come.

The Role

We are looking for an enthusiastic, innovative thinking PhD Student for our materials-based science research.  This role is employed by the Biopolymer Network Limited, with the benefit of access to labs and pilot plants across the three CRI organisations.  The focus for you will be on renewable economy land-based materials to facilitate the of new products.

Aerogels are notable materials; however, there are limitations in the functional attributes of biomaterials relative to synthetic alternatives.  New knowledge will be created around how these aerogel structures can be used with potential seed meal (e.g. canola) bioactive mixtures or complexes and what functional properties are discovered. The study will include systems for delivery of functional actives and will form the basis for evaluating potential applications for industry.  The work requires analysis with respect to compositions, and processing parameters in terms of mechanical, thermal, surface, biodegradation/wettability, morphology, porosity, cross-linking and rheological characteristics of the composites.

Duties Include

  • Design and complete a PhD plan
  • Carry out successful experiments
  • Generate, analyse and interpret data
  • Publish scientific findings
  • Write, submit, and successfully defend a PhD thesis


You Will Have

  • An undergraduate / post grad qualification , BSc, MSc in biology, bio-, , materials engineering, etc
  • Skills in protein engineering
  • Ability to conduct protein analysis
  • Modelling experience
  • Excellent maths and skills
  • It would be beneficial to have knowledge of the NZ industry



  • You will benefit from multiple lab technology and facilities
  • This three year includes an annual tax-free stipend, tuition fees and consumables
  • Great working environment with cross collaboration between partners
  • Flexible working hours and more!


How to Apply

All applications must be submitted online via,21711.html, where you can complete our online application form, and submit your CV, cover letter and any other relevant documentation.

If you would like to know more about this fantastic opportunity, in strict confidence, please contact Steve Ranford on +64 3 321 8647 or Please do NOT apply for this position directly to Steve.

Expressions of interest close on 15 April 2017.

For more information about AgResearch and the Biopolymer Network Limited, please watch the video which can be found at the top of this advert. More information on the Biopolymer Network can be found on the website provided further above.

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