PhD scholarships and Postdoc positions available

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The Institute provides a challenging, yet supportive, scholastic environment for PhD students and post-doctoral fellows. Our students come from institutions all over the world to be part of our world-class learning environment. The Institute has an express objective of populating industry and academia with thoroughly trained high-achieving scientists. Many of our graduates go on to top positions in industry and academia.

The Institute offers training and employment opportunities for postgraduate students, post-doctoral fellows and overseas research interns. It also runs a Visiting Fellowship programme for scientists who are leaders in their field.  Postgraduate Scholarships are for full-time study towards Masters or PhD qualifications. Internships for overseas students are for a period of three to six months

If you are interested in a position within the Riddet Institute see below for any current opportunities for employment and studentships, or contact us with your expression of interest.


PhD Student in Systems Biology: Complementary feeding to nourish the microbiome that supports immune health

AgResearch Ltd. and The Riddet Institute have a vacancy available on a PhD project which will focus on complementary feeding strategies for the human microbiome in early life to develop nutritional interventions that support sustained immune health. The project will integrate omics data from multiple platforms, so a “systems biology” approach to visualise and interpret changes in biological pathways and networks in the infant based on “microbiomics” and metabolomics analyses. The project will complement clinical nutritional studies with infants that our collaborators will undertake at the University of Auckland.

The PhD student will report to Prof Nicole Roy, Principal Scientist and Food Nutrition & Health Science Team Leader at AgResearch and Principal Investigator in the Riddet Institute Centre of Research Excellence. Other supervisors will include Drs Karl Fraser and Wayne Young from AgResearch, as well as Prof Warren McNabb (Chief Supervisor, Riddet Institute).

In order to be eligible for this position the candidate must meet the Massey University criteria for enrolment in a PhD programme. For more information regarding these requirements and the duties expected of the successful applicant, see the job description here.

For more information regarding the role and the application process, please see the website here:,22789.html. All applications are to be submitted online via this website.

If you would like to know more about this opportunity, please contact Professor Nicole Roy ( or Professor Warren McNabb (