PhD Scholarship: Human Computational Genomics

Massey University
Job Location: 
Palmerston North, New Zealand
Job Description: 

PhD Scholarship in Human Computational Genomics

I am looking for a motivated and productive PhD student to study meta-population dynamics and their role in maintaining human genetic diversity. There is scope to accommodate existing research interests, but broadly speaking the successful candidate will develop, implement and test new approaches in theoretical population genetics, statistical genetics and simulation modeling. These methods will be applied to genetic and cultural anthropology datasets from the Indo-Pacific region.

This theoretical and computational position requires solid quantitative skills, preferably including some knowledge of mathematics and/or statistics, as well as a basic understanding of scripting and/or programming. Training in biology and anthropology can be provided as needed, and candidates with non-standard quantitative research backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. Candidates must already hold a Masters or Bachelors degree with Honors.

Payment of tuition fees and a generous tax-free stipend are guaranteed for three years, with a probation period of one year prior to full confirmation.

The PhD position will be based in the Computational Biology Research Group at Massey University, New Zealand. My research team has a strong high-impact publication culture, and is firmly embedded in the international scientific community, with extensive collaborative links to the United States, France, Australia and Indonesia. Nevertheless, this position also offers a rare opportunity to experience New Zealand’s unique natural and cultural environment. Palmerston North, a university town with a large international community, offers a full range of social and cultural amenities. The city is located close to mountains and the sea, and presents regular opportunities for hiking, skiing, surfing, and adventure sports.

Information about the Institute of Molecular BioSciences ( and the Computational Biology Research Group ( is available online.

To apply for this position, send the following documents (in PDF format) to Murray Cox (email

1. A brief statement of research interests, qualifications and experience.
2. A curriculum vitae, including a list of scientific publications (if relevant).
3. The names and contact details of three referees willing to provide a confidential letter of recommendation upon request.

Informal enquiries are welcome. Formal applications are due by Friday 30 November 2012.

Contact Information: 

Associate Professor Murray P. Cox
Institute of Molecular BioSciences
Massey University
Private Bag 11 222
Palmerston North 4442