Current Scholarships

Ben Houlton

BIC offers an excellent training environment and state-of-the-art equipment for our graduate students.

Current opportunities

We’re seeking highly motivated PhD applicants to join our ambitious research programme exploring how 3D printing can revolutionise manufacturing processes in chemical engineering. We’re looking for applicants with excellent academic records and strong written skills. We want people who can demonstrate outstanding ability in numerical methods, lab-based measurements, machine learning or computer graphics, or some combination of these. You’ll need to demonstrate an aptitude to learn a broad range of new skills, including those outside your existing discipline.

PhD topics available include:

  • Investigation of fluid flow inside 3D printed geometries by Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI)
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) characterisation of heat and mass transfer in structured porous materials
  • Design, fabrication and testing of 3D printed heat exchangers
  • Developing and characterising applications of structured porous materials such as catalytic reactors, tissue scaffolds and purification processes
  • Optimisation of porous geometries using machine learning
  • Developing efficient computational representations of fine porous structures for Computer Aided Design (CAD)

We are offering a competitive tax-free stipend of NZD $27,500 per year for three years. Funding is also available to cover tuition fees and research project consumable costs.

Our research partners

Hosted by the Biomolecular Interaction Centre at the University of Canterbury, this ambitious reserach programme is a collaboration with Victoria University of Wellington, University of Otago and Callaghan Innovation. It is funded by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment through their Endeavour Fund. 

As a PhD student in our programme, you’ll join an interdisciplinary team of more than 25 academics, post-docs and PhD students. Depending on your skillset and experience, combined with your research and career ambitions, we have opportunities based in Christchurch, Wellington and Dunedin.

Expressions of interest and to find out more

If you’d like to have an informal conversation to find out more about our work and the post-graduate opportunities available, please email

Other support

There are a number of small grants and scholarships available to current postgraduates to help with research costs, travelling to conferences, or just a top up of personal money. Of particular interest to BIC postgraduate students:

Renwick Dobson

BIC Director
Julius von Haast 620, School of Biological Sciences
Internal Phone: 95145

Matt James Watson

BIC Deputy Director
Associate Professor
Link 402, Department of Chemical and Process Engineering
Internal Phone: 93803

Rebecca Hurrell

BIC Institute Manager
On secondment to Research Development Lead
Julius von Haast Rm 617
Internal Phone: 93979

Ria Chapman

3D Printed Endeavour Programme Manager
Acting BIC Institute Manager
Internal Phone: 90403

Miharu Nock

Administrative Assistant
Internal Phone: 91336