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Dodd-Walls Centre opportunities

Dodd-Walls Research Fellowships

The Dodd-Walls Centre calls for applications for two prestigious Dodd-Walls Research Fellowships. The Fellowships will be tenable at any of the 6 university partners of the Dodd-Walls Centre – Otago (host), Auckland, Canterbury, Massey, Victoria or Waikato Universities – and in any research area that aligns with the aims and research themes of the Centre. Details of the Centre’s research can be found at but spans areas of Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics and Computer Science. The Fellowships will be tenable until 31st December 2020 and appointment will be made on the appropriate university’s Research Fellow or Senior Research Fellow scale depending upon experience, and will be subject to the appointment procedures and approvals of the employing university. There may be possibilities for the positions to be held in conjunction with a fixed term lectureship, subject to negotiations with the host university.

Candidates will be responsible for identifying and obtaining an endorsement from an academic mentor within the department where they wish to hold the Fellowship. The academic mentor must be a Principal or Associate Investigator within the Dodd-Walls Centre, a list of whom can be found at For candidates whose research is laboratory-based, this mentor must also indicate that they have space available in their lab and that proposed work can be undertaken in that environment.

The intention of the Fellowships is to bring outstanding early career researchers to the Centre, either to enhance research strengths or bring new ideas and directions. The overriding criterion for selection is therefore research excellence.

Further information can be obtained from our website or via email from the Director, Professor David Hutchinson, at

Applications including a CV with full bibliography, one page research proposal abstract suitable for a broad assessment panel, cover letter and letter of support from your mentor endorsed by the head of the host department should be submitted via email to no later than Monday 12th February 2018.

PhD scholarships available for 2018

The Dodd-Walls Centre is offering numerous fully-funded scholarships for starting early 2018; application deadline is 1 October 2017. Earlier applications will also be considered.

The major criteria are excellence and experience in one of our research areas. A PhD can be started at any time, and students generally complete in 3-4 years. International PhD students pay the same costs as domestic students and are eligible for scholarships. All positions are offered through our partner universities.

To apply for a postgraduate scholarship, choose a potential supervisor from our list of DWC researchers or the list of specific projects below, and contact the researcher by e-mail, providing a CV and academic transcript and names of two referees. If you have any queries, please contact us at

Read the current list of DWC scholarships here

Postdoctoral Fellowships available for 2018

The Dodd-Walls Centre is appointing postdoctoral researchers to begin in 2018-19, and we welcome applications from researchers and students nearing completion of their PhD.

Postdoctoral candidates should have experience of working in photonics, quantum physics, or a related discipline, and a strong track record of publications. We will post information here as postdoctoral fellowships become available.

All positions are offered through our partner universities and applications are processed through the universities. Full application instructions can be found with each position.

Read the current list of DWC Postdoctoral Fellowships here