Dobson Lab


If you…

…are an inquisitive, motivated student.
…wish to tackle interesting scientific questions.
…enjoy the challenge of mixing research disciplines.
…aren’t afraid of computers, chemistry, or molecular biology.
…are passionate about science.

Then we offer…

…a young, vibrant research group.
…the opportunity to perform cutting-edge research.
…flexibility to pursue your research interests.
…a strong interdisciplinary environment.



We have two PhD scholarships available for students with an interest in membrane protein biology.  You must have a strong GPA (8.5/9 or better) and have a background or interest in single particle cryo-electron microscopy and protein crystallography.  Experience in fundamental biophysics and biochemistry is desirable.  Both projects seek to understand how membrane proteins work at the molecular level. 

We also have an opening for a PhD interested in  protein/enzyme engineering.  Similarly, this scholarship requires a strong GPA (8.5/9 or better).  

The above scholarships fund tuition fees and a stipend of $24,000 for three years.

If you are interested in these Scholarship opportunities,
Email Us and we send your CV on behalf.

Current openings

Graduate Students

We have two PhD positions open – see above.


Postdoctoral Fellows

Postdoctoral fellows are critical for keeping University of Canterbury at the forefront of research. We have been most fortunate to have trained a number in our laboratory. They have brought a tremendous spirit of excitement to the group with their discoveries and unbridled enthusiasm. All have gone on to successful careers in academia and industry – something that gives me a great deal of satisfaction.

 If you are interested in discussing the various options for pursuing external funding such as the Marie Curie Outgoing Fellowship, NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship, or the Rutherford Fellowship, please email Ren with a list of research interests and a copy of your CV.  

We are inviting applications for a postdoctoral researcher to study the structure, dynamics, and evolution of proteins and enzymes.