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:
Acellular strategy for tissue repair
This is suitable for applicants with an aptitude for working with extracellular vesicles and hydrogels to support cartilage/bone and cardiac tissue repair, including their use in a minimally invasive surgical approach for the treatment of myocardial infarction (AKA heart attack).
We encourage applications from talented PhD candidates who hold an Undergraduate and/or Master's degree in Cell Biology, Biomedical Engineering, Biomaterials or related disciplines in engineering or biological sciences, and preferably with an 'A' grade average or equivalent GPA.
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.
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.
- Check the PhD Opportunities database
- Learn about PhD scholarships available through the University of Otago
Due to border closures in response to the covid-19 pandemic, we can only accept applications from those currently residing in New Zealand or who have the ability to enter the country. New Zealand border controls are an evolving situation.
Read the COVID-19 information for international students page regularly for more information
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're 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 hosted three students in the 2020/2021 summer period.
Charlotte Cahill researched her topic Development of hydrogel based skin adhesives, and was supervised by Dr Khoon Lim and Dr Cesar Alcala. Our thanks to Fisher and Paykel Healthcare for sponsoring Valery’s summer student bursary.
Valery Yizhou Lui researched her topic Donor variation and optimisation of 3D cell culture system for cartilage tissue regeneration, and Dr Gabriella Lindberg supervised Valery during her 10 weeks with us. We’re grateful for the support of the Canterbury Medical Research Foundation for sponsoring Valery’s bursary.
Anthony Soonseng Yee-Goh researched his topic Exploring cytotoxicity of neutral hyperclorous acid, and was supervised by Dr Khoon Lim and Dr Jack Parker. Our thanks to Canterbury Orthopaedic Services Limited for sponsoring Anthony’s summer student bursary.
- Learn more about Fisher and Paykel Healthcare
- Learn more about the Canterbury Medical Research Foundation
- Learn more about Canterbury Orthopaedic Services Limited
We didn’t offer summer student projects in 2019/2020, but came back the following year with several exciting project opportunities.