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Postdoctoral opportunities


Our current research ranges from clinical / practice and social pharmacy to pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical sciences.

This diverse research base provides a large number of research opportunities that would suit post-doctoral fellows with an interest in computational modelling, drug formulation and elivery, individualisation of drug therapy, pharmacoepidemiology, pharmacogenetics, pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics, to bioengineering, cell & chemichal biology, diagnostics, drug delivery to the brain, drug design, sythesis and discovery, formulation and dosing, immunology and vaccine development, medicinal chemistry, to effective use of medicines, improving access to medicines in developing countries, health psychology and communication, medicines policy and medicines use in older people.

The School of Pharmacy has world-class research staff, facilities and strong international collaborations, offering students excellent opportunities to gain a variety of highly pertinent research and technical skills.

We are interested in receiving expressions of interest from suitably qualified prospective, postdoctoral fellows with an interest in:

  • Clinical pharmacy / pharmacy practice
  • Pharmaceutical sciences
  • Social pharmacy

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At this time the School of Pharmacy has no postdoctoral awards of its own, but we welcome enquires from recent graduates seeking postdoctoral training opportunities that align with the School's research interests funded via local or international fellowship schemes.

Prospective applicants are encouraged to make contact with Professor Hook or other staff early to discuss the potential for the School of Pharmacy to host them.

Fellowship funding available

Rutherford Discovery Fellowships – The objective of the Rutherford Discovery Fellowships is to support excellent early- to mid-career researchers to gain the independence necessary to accelerate the development of their potential into researchers with a track record sufficient to compete with the best researchers in New Zealand and the world for mainstream research funds. Ten prestigious Fellowships of five years in length will be awarded on a competitive basis annually, for research based in a New Zealand host institution.

Rutherford Post Doctoral Fellowships – Funding PhD graduates to undertake two years’ post-doctoral research in New Zealand. Two awards are offered annually.

ISAT Bilateral Research Activities Programme – The Bilateral Research Activities Programme (BRAP) is a part of the International Science and Technology (ISAT) Linkages Fund of the Royal Society. BRAP is a Government funded programme designed to support international science and technology links between New Zealand and the world. There are two calls for applications to BRAP annually.

New Zealand–Japan Science Exchange Programme – The Royal Society sponsors international bilateral exchange programmes for postdocs and researchers.

New Zealand–International Relationships Fund – A generic name for the Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment's programme for fostering international support. The Royal Society administers parts of the programme.

Fulbright Awards – Fulbright New Zealand hosts a range of visiting scholars and professionals from the US.

Marie Curie Fellowships – Marie Curie Actions are open to researchers of all ages and levels of experience, and in many cases regardless of nationality.

NSERC Post Doctoral Fellowships – The NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowships Program provides support to a core of the most promising Canadian researchers at a pivotal time in their careers. The fellowships are also intended to secure a supply of highly qualified Canadians with leading-edge scientific and research skills for Canadian industry, government, and universities. NSERC fellowships can be held at universities and research centres abroad, including New Zealand.

Outgoing Fellowships Programme – The Royal Society's Outgoing Fellowships Programme aims to enable young and outstanding postdoctoral scientists from the UK to conduct cutting-edge research with their overseas counterparts. The Fellowships to Australia, Canada and New Zealand are particularly aimed at young postdoctoral scientists early stages of their careers.

AGMARDT Post-Doctoral and Research Fellowships (PDF 40 KB) – AGMARDT supports postdoctoral fellowship research underpinning the agricultural, pastoral, horticultural and forestry industries in New Zealand. This is to ensure that the research and training capabilities and capacity are maintained at the level needed to achieve and maintain competitive advantage within the global agribusiness sector.

University of Otago Health Sciences Fellowships – University of Otago Health Sciences Career Development Programme - Postdoctoral Fellowships. These Postdoctoral Fellowships are intended to support outstanding NZ Health Sciences graduates who have recently completed a degree at doctoral level.

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Interested applicants are encouraged to make informal enquires to Professor Sarah Hook in the first instance.

Enquiries should include a brief outline of your academic background, area of research interest, work history and a CV that includes the names of three referees.


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