PhD Scholarship: Human Population Genetics

Massey University
Job Location: 
New Zealand
Job Description: 

I am looking for a motivated and productive PhD student to study the dynamics of small populations, especially their role during the settlement of the Indo-Pacific region. The successful candidate will develop population genetic models, and apply these to genetic and cultural anthropology data.

This computational position (no wet lab component) requires solid quantitative skills, preferably including experience with population genetics, simulation modeling or statistics. Some skills in scripting and/or programming would be useful. Training in biology and anthropology can be provided as needed, and candidates with relevant, but non-standard, quantitative research backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. Candidates must already hold a Masters or Bachelors degree with Honors.

A generous tax-free stipend and payment of all tuition fees 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. 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 the 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 Computational Biology Research Group ( and Massey University ( is available online.

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

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 15 February 2013.

Contact Information: 

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