Koi Tū: The Centre for Informed Futures - Public Health/Public Policy - Research Assistant

  • Full-time
  • Contract Type: Fixed-Term
  • Campus: Auckland City Campus
  • Position Number: 55566994
  • UoA Department Name: Centre for Informed Futures

Company Description


The University is Aotearoa New Zealand’s pre-eminent higher education institution and a comprehensive, research-intensive, and international university, as reflected in our global ranking – 81 in the 2021 QS World University Rankings and 1st in the world in the THE University Impact Rankings.

Koi Tū: The Centre for Informed Futures was established in 2019 as an independent and nonpartisan think tank and research centre based at the University of Auckland, with associate members across New Zealand and internationally. We undertake transdisciplinary research and analysis to address critical long-term national and global challenges arising from rapid and far-reaching social, economic, technological and environmental change.

Te Whiwhinga mahi | The opportunity

We are seeking a Research Assistant on a 2-year fixed-term appointment. You will undertake literature reviews and write synthesis reports, primarily in the field of human development and wellbeing. The work will focus on specific areas of health, medicine and social wellbeing, but may also extend to other areas of Koi Tū’s activities. You will also provide support for website management.

He kōrero mōu | About you

You will have experience in conducting and writing literature reviews using the research and writing skills you have gained from your postgraduate degree in public health, public policy or a related discipline. You will enjoy synthesising written material from a variety of disciplines, and, importantly, excel at finding information from both the scientific and grey literature. You’ll be passionate about making an impact on maternal and child health, and strengthening links with the policy and provider communities. There is scope to work remotely some of the time, and working hours are flexible.

Ngā āhuatanga kei a mātou | What we offer

The University of Auckland (42,000 students) 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

Please note we are happy to answer your questions but we do not accept applications by email.

Applications must be submitted online, by the closing date of 14th of April 2021 to be considered. Please include your cover letter and CV highlighting your suitability for this position.


Essential: Postgraduate research-based degree in public health, public policy or a related discipline

Additional Information


 The University is committed to meeting its obligations under the Treaty of Waitangi and achieving equity outcomes for staff and students in a safe, inclusive and equitable environment. For further information on services for Māori, Pacific, women, LGBTQITakatāpui+, people with disabilities, parenting support, flexible work and other equity issues go to www.equity.auckland.ac.nz


In accordance with our commitment to equitable recruitment, the University welcomes applications from all suitably qualified and experienced candidates. In response to COVID-19 the New Zealand Government has imposed a travel ban and are currently only allowing New Zealand Residents, Citizens and visa holders meeting a strict exception policy to enter the country, all of whom must currently enter Government approved quarantine for two weeks on arrival. 

It is uncertain when these border restrictions will change, and this may impact the degree to which an off-shore candidate can engage in the interview process; or be available to commence in a new position. For more information and updates on the border restrictions visit the Immigration New Zealand website or the New Zealand Government’s official Covid-19 website.

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