Research Fellow / Senior Research Fellow

  • Auckland, New Zealand
  • Full-time
  • UoA Department Name: Liggins Institute
  • Advert Closing Date: 28/02/2020
  • Campus: Grafton Campus
  • Contract Type: Fixed-Term
  • Position Number: 55565027

Company Description

About the institute:

The Liggins Institute was the University’s first Large Scale Research Institute. It is a world leading centre for translational research on maternal, fetal and child health; the impact of nutrition on health throughout life; epigenetic regulation of growth and development; the origins of non-communicable diseases, particularly metabolic, and knowledge transfer.

Our research programme focuses on how maternal, fetal and neonatal nutrition and the intrauterine environment affect fetal and postnatal growth, development and long-term health. We are also working to understand the causes and consequences of preterm birth and fetal growth restriction (FGR), which together affect more than 8,000 babies born in New Zealand each year. These conditions have long-term implications including neonatal and on-going illness, compromised growth and cognitive development, and increased risk of chronic adult conditions such as obesity, cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

Job Description

The world-renowned Liggins Institute is calling for expressions of interest from outstanding early to mid career researchers who may wish to undertake a four year Fellowship within the Institute. 

A substantive academic position at Senior Research Fellow / Associate Professor level also is available for those who bring more experience and have already established an appropriate track record.

The Liggins Institute is part of the University of Auckland based in the heart of Auckland City, New Zealand. Research at the Liggins Institute has demonstrated that events that occur in pregnancy and in the period after birth can have a profound impact on the baby’s physical and mental development. 

Our multidisciplinary research focuses on identifying risks and developing strategies that will reduce or prevent risk and that can be translated into clinical practice. 

Interested candidates should have a relevant higher research degree (eg PhD in medicine, nursing, midwifery, psychology, education, clinical nutrition, health economics, implementation science, medical imaging) and at least two years’ postdoctoral research experience. Additional clinical practice experience should be highlighted, but is not essential.

Main purpose of the position:

To undertake excellent research into maternal and perinatal health and its long-term consequences

What you are expected to deliver:

  • Undertake research in an area relevant to clinical research in maternal and perinatal health and its long-term consequences at the Liggins Institute. Excellent research is undertaken. 
  • Engage in collaborative research with other researchers at the Liggins Institute and beyond as required. Collaboration and research skills are enhanced within the clinical research teams at the Liggins Institute. External collaborators are engaged in the research. 
  • Submit research grants to support development of your research portfolio. Research grants are submitted in a timely manner, to a high standard with accurate budgets and in accordance with university policies and processes.
  • Contribute to supervision of post-graduate students. Initially, co-supervise post-graduate students with experienced supervisors. Complete all University of Auckland requirements for supervision; progress to co-primary / primary supervision as appropriate.
  • High quality research outputs . Appropriate dissemination of high quality research through publication, presentation, stakeholder and community engagement.  Appropriate engagement with media, including social media.
  • Contribute to the life of the Liggins Institute. Appropriate service contributions in discussion with line manager. Participation in Liggins events including student workshops, meetings, seminars and engagement with the public and with supporters of the Institute.
  • Valuing Equity: Support the University’s commitment to Māori and Te Tiriti o Waitangi. Demonstrate equity behaviours and values aligned to the University Leadership Capabilities framework in all day-to-day interactions with the team, stakeholders and the university. Ensure that the multicultural values of the Study are sustained throughout all aspects of the project. Develop opportunities for translational integration of Māori and Pacific cultural protocols into the research team. 

Position Description

Additional Information

Why choose the Liggins Institute?

Join the Liggins Institute and you’ll be part of a world-leading centre for research into maternal, fetal and child health, nutrition, development, epigenetics and translational science. 

You’ll contribute to excellent research into the long-term consequences of early-life events. Your work will help to translate scientific discoveries into clinical practice that makes a difference to the health of this generation and the next. You will collaborate in international research, and build your reputation by contributing to publications and conferences.

The multi-disciplinary nature of the Institute will give you the opportunity to work with colleagues from many different specialisations. From molecular research in the laboratory through to clinical trials in babies, children and adults, you’ll collaborate with and learn from experts in your field. The institute receives considerable philanthropic support and our staff have continuing success in being awarded substantial research grants, including the recently announced Aotearoa Foundation $2.7 million grant, the Health Research Council (NZ) $4.9 million grant and National Institutes of Health (USA) grants of US$1.5 million.

For more information on the benefits of working here, see our Staff Benefits page.

The University is committed to meeting its obligations under the Treaty of Waitangi and achieving equity outcomes for staff and students in a safe, inclusive and equitable environment.  For further information on services for Māori, Pacific, women, LGBTQITakatāpui+, people with disabilities, parenting support, flexible work and other equity issues go to

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