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Phd Scholarship-Persistent airflow limitation and the airway microbiome in childhood asthma

Persistent airflow limitation and the airway microbiome in childhood asthma – PhD Scholarship

Asthma is a major public health problem in New Zealand (and internationally) with one in four children affected. It is generally characterised by episodic reversible airway narrowing, but a significant proportion of children with asthma experience progressive persistent airflow limitation despite optimal therapy. The research project, funded by the Health Research Council, will assess the role of the airway microbiome and inflammation in persistent airflow limitation in childhood asthma. Click here for more information on work already done on this project.

We seek applications for a PhD scholarship with Massey University’s Centre for Public Health research in Wellington. The PhD candidate will be working with an interdisciplinary and international team of world-renowned scientists in the fields of public health and epidemiology, clinical respiratory research, innate immunology, molecular microbiology, bacterial genomics and paediatrics.

The PhD student will conduct laboratory, bioinformatics, and data analyses with support from supervisors, bio-statisticians and other doctoral candidates working on related asthma projects. The student is expected to write, as first author (with support from the co-authors), a minimum of three scientific publications in peer reviewed journals as part of the PhD (the PhD will be done by publication rather than by monograph).

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Amount awarded

The scholarship includes a (tax-free) stipend of $25,000 per annum for a maximum period of three years plus university fees.


Students must be prepared to be enrolled at Massey University by 13 July 2019.

Students will have a bachelor's degree with appropriate honours or master's degree in a relevant field, such as public health, epidemiology, microbiology, medicine, or molecular biology. A minimum GPA of 7.5 (above an average of A-) is required. The candidate will also be required to reside in Wellington for the duration of the project.


Prof Jeroen Douwes

Dr Collin Brooks

How to apply

Applicants should send a copy of their curriculum vitae and a statement of interest to:

Prof Jeroen Douwes


Phone: +64 4 979 3120