Institute of Fundamental Sciences

Massey University’s Institute of Fundamental Sciences leads study and research into the basic sciences on the Palmerston North campus. Our multi and interdisciplinary research and teaching span the biological and physical sciences, mathematics and statistics.

Study

Institute of Fundamental Sciences - study

Our graduates build careers in many areas of science and technology within New Zealand and overseas. We offer the BSc degree, and our BSc (Hons), MSc and PGDipSci programmes combine taught papers and research and we have a strong PhD programme.

Research

Mathematical formulae

We are a highly productive group carrying out interdisciplinary research at the frontiers of our disciplines. We have extensive international collaborations and an impressive history of commercialising our results.

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Find out more about the Massey study programmes, research, facilities, services and people working in the Institute of Fundamental Sciences' areas of specialisation.

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Location

The Institute of Fundamental Sciences is located on the Manawatū campus in Palmerston North.

Institute address

Courier/Carrier

Massey University Fundamental Sciences
Science Tower A1.19
Colombo Road
Palmerston North 4410
New Zealand
Attn xxxxxx

Postal/Mail

Massey University Fundamental Sciences
PN461 Private Bag 11222
Palmerston North 4442
New Zealand
Attn xxxxxx

Manawatū campus

Scholarships and jobs

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PhD and master's opportunities

At any one time, the Institute of Fundamental Sciences has PhD and master's scholarship opportunities, both for specific projects, and projects to suit your expertise and interest.

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Services

Chemical Services - Manawatū

We have a huge variety of chemicals available for teaching and research.

Chemical Services can supply:

  • Some chemicals to all Massey University campuses
  • Solvents to groups on the Massey campus in Palmerston North
  • ChIM bar code stickers to all groups holding chemicals on all Massey University campuses.

Chemical Services do not sell to the general public, you must first register with our service.

Electronic equipment design and repair

We offer a design and repair service for electronic equipment for teaching and research.

Repair: we can repair a wide variety of scientific equipment which involves electronics such as:

  • UV/Vis or FTIR spectrophotometers
  • X-ray or NMR equipment
  • Centrifuges

Design and manufacture: We have experience in one-off design, development and manufacture of speciality equipment for teaching and research.

For more information contact us (06) 356 9099 ext 7267.

Manawatu statistics consultancy

Statistical consultancy service from the Statistics and Bioinformatics group. We provide advice to researchers within Massey University as well as private organisations.

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Manawatū Microscopy and Imaging Centre

The MMIC facility is available for use by organisations such as researchers, Crown Research Institutes, other teaching institutions, hospitals and commercial clients. We offer transmitted light and fluorescence microscopy, electron microscopy and image analysis and have a professional team of specialists to help you with your microscopy needs.

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Massey Genome Service

Massey Genome Service provides DNA & RNA sequencing services to New Zealand researchers and students.

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Facilities

Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Laboratory

Equipment in this laboratory includes a

  • 700 MHz spectrometer with a cryogenically-cooled probe; 60-place sample changer and autotune and match module for high throughput
  • 500 MHz spectrometer
  • 400 MHz spectrometer
  • 200 MHz horizontal widebore spectrometer, with high resolution imaging capabilities.

Optical Laboratory

The Laser Laboratory includes optical tweezers, light scattering, and Raman spectrometer.

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PC2-certified Laboratory

This laboratory includes equipment for molecular biology, protein expression and purification.

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Solar cell construction and performance

We have solar cell construction and performance testing facilities.

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Spectrometers

There are a wide range of spectrometers as part of the equipment on the Manawatū campus including

  • Applied Photophysics Chirascan CD spectrometer (new in 2008)
  • ThermoElectron Nicolet high-resolution FT-MIR/FT-FarIR
  • UV-Vis spectrometers
  • Raman spectrometers
  • Electron Spin Resonance (ESR) spectrometer
  • Fluorimeter
  • Polarimeter

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X-ray Diffraction Laboratory

Laboratory includes the Rigaku Spider X-ray diffractometer, a microfocus rotating-anode generator with wrap-around detector (unique in Australasia) that is optimised for small molecule crystallography on microcrystals, powder diffraction and high resolution protein crystallography, crystallisation robot, microfocus rotating-anode generator, image-plate detector and capillary optics, optimised for small protein crystals.

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Research centres and groups

Centre for Structural Biology

The Centre combines state-of-the-art crystallographic, NMR, computational, biochemical, and biophysical approaches to study biomolecular structure, dynamics and interactions.

The centre houses New Zealand's finest collection of NMR spectrometers (700, 500, 400 and 200 MHz) along with a a new Xray diffraction suite.

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Molecular Plant Pathology Laboratory

Our research seeks to understand the molecular basis of plant-pathogen interactions so that we can better inform disease resistance breeding programmes in crop and tree species of relevance to New Zealand.

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Staff and careers

Martin Hazelton

Head of Institute of Fundamental Sciences

Professor MARTIN HAZELTON

The head of the Institute of Fundamental Sciences, Professor Hazelton is a professor of statistics. His research interests are in smoothing methods, biostatistics, spatial statistics and statistical modelling.

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Massey careers

College of Sciences

The Institute of Fundamental Sciences is one of seven interconnected schools within the College of Sciences.

College of Sciences

Contact us

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