Postdoctoral Research Fellow - Liggins Institute

  • Auckland, New Zealand
  • Full-time
  • UoA Department Name: Liggins Institute
  • Advert Closing Date: 22/11/2019
  • Campus: Grafton Campus
  • Contract Type: Fixed-Term
  • Position Number: 55565142

Job Description

The Liggins Institute

Fixed-term, three years

About the role

We have an opportunity for a recent PhD graduate interested in contributing to community-based action research focussed on DOHaD knowledge translation in adolescent populations. The fellowship sits within the LENScience research group. This team facilitates multi-sectoral interventions that aim to promote community-based actions that contribute to the interruption of trans-generational environmental and biological factors contributing to the burden of non-communicable diseases.

The role will contribute to research and supervision within the Pacific Science for Health Literacy Project. This established project is a partnership between the Liggins Institute and the Cook Islands Ministries of Education and Health. The postdoctoral fellow will be involved in research focussed on multilevel examination of intervention processes and impacts from the perspective of a range of stakeholders including but not limited to adolescents.

This role is an excellent opportunity to grow your career and gain experience in postgraduate supervision, the development of grant applications, community engagement and the broader life of the Liggins Institute. You will also gain valuable experience working in an integrated multidisciplinary team environment on work that is occurring in multiple locations in the Cook Islands and New Zealand.

Our ideal candidate

Prospective candidates will need to be able to demonstrate a keen interest in community-based action research that respects and utilises knowledge from research, practice, community and culture in the development of ethically sound actions.

In addition, prospective candidates will:

  • Have completed a PhD in a relevant field within the last three years
  • Have experience in community-based knowledge translation or community-based interventions in support of child or adolescent health and wellbeing
  • Have good knowledge of Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (DOHaD) and/or life-course research
  • Show independent initiative and project management skills
  • Demonstrate robust mixed-method research design and analysis skills along with the use of statistical analysis packages

Knowledge and understanding of Cook Islands culture and/or experience working within communities with strong connections to Pacific cultures would be an advantage.

More detail about this role and its requirements are available in the Job Overview and Position Description.

Why work with us

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

  • Flexible employment practices
  • Career development programmes
  • A competitive salary with five weeks’ annual leave

We also offer a company superannuation scheme, discounted car parking, a generous parental leave allowance, discounted onsite childcare and a number of other discounts on internal and external services.

For more information, please visit our Staff Benefits page.


The fellowship period will be a 36-month appointment. Applicants should contact Dr Jacquie Bay with questions at [email protected]  

Please note that while we welcome questions by email, all applications must be submitted online.

Applications should be submitted online, before the closing date of Friday 22nd November 2019 and include an up to date CV and cover letter.

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