Research Fellow – Schizophrenia

Updated: 3 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 30 Sep 2023

Company Description

Waipapa Taumata Rau | The University of Auckland

Our mission and values place a strong emphasis on both our student body and our scholarly community, and we work with both community and enterprise to advance the well-being of the peoples of Auckland and New Zealand, with a clear commitment to pursuing sustainability.

The Liggins Institute is a large-scale research institute at the University of Auckland. For over two decades, researchers at the Liggins Institute have shown that events during or immediately prior to pregnancy can have an impact on an individual’s lifelong health. We are one of the world’s leading centres for research on fetal and child health, nutrition, development, epigenetics, and translational and implementation science.

Our vision is 'a healthy start for a healthy life' and our mission is to improve lifelong health through excellent research into the long-term consequences of early life events.

Job Description

Te Whiwhinga mahi | The opportunity

Liggins Institute Early Career Schizophrenia and Neurodevelopment Fellowship  

We have an exciting opportunity for an early career researcher to join the Liggins Institute and develop into a future leader within the field of schizophrenia and neurodevelopment.

The Early Career Fellowship will provide 3 years’ support for an outstanding early career scientist to enable them to initiate independent research, build new collaborations and develop the skills for a future career in this field. 

The objectives of the Liggins Institute Early Career Schizophrenia and Neurodevelopment Fellowship are to foster the:

  • Initiation of an independent research programme at the Liggins Institute
  • Generation of preliminary data for longer-term Fellowship applications
  • Development of a research strategy, scientific writing and networking skills.
  • Preparation of longer-term fellowship applications to major funders.

Assessment criteria will include the applicant’s track-record, research proposal, and potential to develop as a future leader in the Liggins Institute and New Zealand.

This is a full-time (40 hours per week), fixed-term (up to 3 years) opportunity.

Remuneration is on the University of Auckland Research Fellow/Senior Research Fellow (SRF1-4) salary scale depend on qualifications and experience.

For more detailed information, please refer to the Position Description.


He kōrero mōu | About you

To be successful in this role, you must have:

  • A Higher research degree (PhD, MD or equivalent)
  • Experience with Schizophrenia research
  • Experience with and previous success in applying for competitive public research funding. Teaching and supervision of undergraduate and postgraduate students
  • The ability to be self-motivated and able to work effectively, engaging with non-medical health professionals and supervising post-graduate students effectively.

Additional Information

Ngā āhuatanga kei a mātou | What we offer

The University of Auckland is New Zealand’s leading university and maintains significant computational, laboratory and analytic facilities. Auckland itself is frequently rated as one of the world’s most liveable cities. 

The University is committed to providing an excellent working environment through:

  • Flexible employment practices (including working from home, flexible hours)
  • Up to 6.75% company superannuation scheme
  • A competitive salary with five weeks’ annual leave

In addition, we also offer career development programmes, discounted car parking, a generous parental leave allowance, childcare and a number of other discounts on internal and external services. 

For more information, please visit Staff Benefits .

Me pēhea te tuku tono | How to apply 

Applications must be submitted online, by the closing date of 30 September 2023 to be considered.

Interested candidates should submit an application that consists of:

  • a cover letter (1 page maximum).
  • a full CV and publication list (5 page maximum).
  • a research proposal (2 pages).

Please reach out to Justin O'Sullivan, via,  for a confidential conversation. Please note we are happy to answer your questions but we do not accept applications by email.


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