A PhD scholarship is available for supporting a theoretically inclined physics or applied-mathematics graduate to undertake a study of information flow in the innovation system.

More specifically, advanced models for network growth will be utilised to study patent-citation dynamics and advanced statistical tools will be applied to patent data sets, with the aim to develop models for the dependence of patent-citation rates on inventor or firm proximity effects.

The PhD project will be carried out under the supervision of Prof Michele Governale and Prof Ulrich Zuelicke at the Victoria University of Wellington and Dr Dave Maré at Motu Economic and Public Policy Research, as part of Te Pūnaha Matatini, which is the New Zealand Centre of Research Excellence for Complex Systems, Data and Networks.

Applicants should ideally have a First-Class Honours degree in Physics or Applied Mathematics (or an equivalent 4-year degree qualification) and satisfy Victoria University’s entry requirements for PhD study.

Total value
The three-year scholarship covers PhD tuition fees plus a nontaxed living allowance of NZ$27,300 per annum, which is a comfortable living salary in Wellington. The starting date can be anytime from 1 November 2017.

How to apply
For further information and to apply, please contact:
Prof Michele Governale
School of Chemical and Physical Sciences
Victoria University of Wellington
New Zealand