PhD Scholarship in Structural Chemistry, University of Canterbury, New Zealand

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Postgraduate Scholarship in Structural Chemistry
Department of Chemistry, University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand

Value: NZ$25,000 per annum
Tenure: 3 years
Available from: 1st January 2012
Applications assessed from: 1st August 2011

Applications are invited for a three-year PhD scholarship in structural chemistry to work under the supervision of Dr. Sarah Masters. The position is available to start on 1st January 2012 or as soon as possible thereafter. The group employs the technique of gas electron diffraction (GED) to study molecular structure in the gas phase, with current focus in the novel area of structure determination of short-lived species. The GED apparatus has been modified to use, where appropriate, very high temperature inlet systems to generate transient species in situ. This project will continue the development of new methods for species generation, concentrating on photolysis methods.

Applicants should have (or be about to receive) an honours degree (at least 2.1 or equivalent) in Chemistry or Physics. Experience in photolysis methods is desired, along with the use of computational techniques for structure determination. A strong interest in development of new experimental methods is essential.

Please visit the Masters Group website for more details of our research:

Applications, including a full CV detailing academic qualifications, and contact details for two academic referees, together with a covering letter should be sent to:

Applicants must also apply for a University of Canterbury scholarship (closing date 15th October 2011). Two types of UC scholarships are available, Canterbury Scholarships for NZ citizens or permanent residents, and UC International Doctoral Scholarships for international students.

Applications will be assessed from 1st August 2011, until an appointment has been made.

Further information is available at: or by contacting Dr. Sarah Masters (

For more information, please visit official website:

Disclaimer: Every effort has been made to ensure the above information is current and correct. However, applicants should contact the appropriate administering body before making an application, as details do change frequently.


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