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It is an integrated University operating across three major campuses: Auckland, Palmerston North, and Wellington, which are all cities on New Zealand’s North Island. The unique multi-campus structure makes it possible for students planning a year abroad to consider studying at the Auckland campus for one semester and then one semester at either Palmerston North or Wellington campus or vice versa. This flexible campus option is a great chance to experience different Kiwi lifestyles and see New Zealand from other perspectives.

Intern Duties

It is proposed to investigate the physical processes involved in the formation and optimisation of mineral powders bound with sulphur to form a multicomponent granulated fertilizer. Sulfur will be melted too and mixed with mineral components to form a thin layer on the mineral surface to bind the mineral. This will require a controllable and low viscosity sulphur melt. It will also need good wetting of the mineral by the molten sulphur. The internship project will investigate the viscosity of molten elemental sulphur and additives that can be used to influence this viscosity.

Sulfur has an unusual viscosity-temperature profile due to polymerisation occurring in the molten state. The nature of this viscosity behaviour will be investigated and strategies for modifying the viscosity profile identified, implemented and measured. This will require searching and summarise the literature, experimental work with molten sulphur with additives that affect sulphur polymerisation, and analytical techniques (spectroscopic) to investigate the polymeric structure of the modified sulphur melts formed. The intern will work closely with a PhD student who is studying broader aspects of this project. It is expected that a report will be written to summarise the results of this research and that this may lead to a contribution to a scientific journal publication.

Company Description

Location: Auckland
Number of Employees: 100+
Industry: Education
Position: Toxicology
Vacancy code: NZ 1751 (2)

How to apply

To apply for an internship via us, please use the “Apply now” link. You will need to complete an online application form. We will email you to acknowledge we have received your interest and let you know the next steps in the application process.

Make sure that you are sincerely interested in the position and will be motivated to perform if hired.