PhD Scholarship in Organic Chemistry

Auckland (Region) (NZ)
21 Nov 2016
End of advertisement period
21 Dec 2016
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Project Description: This project will be to design, make, and explore new types of linearly fluctional molecules. This will take the form of linear polyene “tracks” upon which, rearrangements will transpose a molecular fragment. A variety of prototype molecules, and rearrangement systems will be targeted and studied. The supramolecular implications of this new mechanic will then be assessed. 

The student will gain extensive experience in organic synthesis, supramolecular chemistry, and the analysis of dynamically interchanging systems. This is a new and very challenging project, for which a dedicated and creative student is essential. 

Supervisor: Dr. Thomas Fallon, Institute of Natural and Mathematical Sciences (Chemistry), Massey University (Auckland Campus). Website:

Funding: The position will be funded for three years from a Marsden Fast-Start grant, including annual tax-free stipend, tuition fees, and funding for consumables.

Skills/qualifications: The ideal candidate must have

•    Masters or Honours Chemistry degree, with a focus in organic synthesis.

•    Excellent written and oral communication skills. Non- native English speakers must also fulfill the academic language requirements for postgraduate study at Massey University. Good organisational and communication skills and being willing to work as part of a team are essential.

For more information, or an informal discussion about the position, please contact Dr Thomas Fallon, email:

To apply for this role, please send a cover letter that includes a statement about your career plan, a CV, and contact details for at least two referees to:

The closing date for applications is January 6, 2017. Interviews will be held shortly afterwards (by Skype or similar).