Postdoctoral and research fellow opportunities
All of our postdoctoral and research fellow positions are currently filled.
When we have an open position it will be promoted here, so check back here often.
We have two great opportunities for the right PhD candidates:
Development of microfluidic techniques and 3D printing strategies for medical device applications
This is suitable for applicants who can apply engineering principles to the design and development of microfluidic systems to support the fabrication of cellular micro-tissues.
It is a fully-funded 3-year PhD project, supported by grant funding from the New Zealand MedTech Centre of Research Excellence. A NZ$27,000 per annum stipend and payment of fees (approximately NZ$10,000) is available for the right applicant for the duration for the 3-year PhD, with a possible 1-year extension.
We encourage applications from enthusiastic PhD candidates who hold an Undergraduate and/or Master's degree in Engineering (mechanical or biomedical), Applied Physics, Additive Manufacturing, Biomaterials or related disciplines in engineering or biological sciences, and preferably with an 'A' grade average or equivalent GPA.
3D-Biofabrication of zonal cartilage
This is suitable for candidates who want to be a part of a multidisciplinary research team working at the interface of stem cell-biology, biomaterials science and engineering.
It is a 3-year PhD project offering significant opportunities to interact with medical device industry partners as well as orthopaedic and veterinary surgeons. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to work with international collaborators at the University of Würzburg, Germany and University of Pennsylvania, USA.
We encourage applications from proactive, dynamic PhD candidates who hold a BSc (Hons) or MSc, preferably in biomedical engineering, chemistry/materials science, or cell biology. Some experience with in vitro cell culture and biochemical analysis techniques is highly valued.
- Check the PhD Opportunities database
- Learn about PhD scholarships available through the University of Otago
Visiting international interns
We enjoy close collaborations with a number of overseas universities, which means we often host visiting international Masters interns by arrangement.
Some of our visiting interns have stayed with us for periods of up to 8 months.
Summer studentship opportunities
We frequently host students over the summer break between academic years. Our summer students stay with us for 10 to 12 weeks undertaking supervised research on an agreed project.
If you'r interested in joining us as a summer student you need to be enrolled at any New Zealand tertiary education provider for the following year and there is an application process to follow.
Our projects are advertised by the Research Office each September. If you are interested in applying for a summer studentship contact us early so that we can have a suitable project idea developed and ready for the application process.
We didn't offer summer student projects in 2019/2020, but should be back with exciting project opportunities in the next summer season.
We hosted James Swan in the 2018/2019 summer student intake, who researched his topic Optimisation of oxygen gradients in 3D-bioprinted cartilage constructs.
Dr Gabriella Lindberg guided James in his research throughout his 10 weeks with us. His bursary was sponsored by the Canterbury Medical Research Foundation.