Centre for Brain Research

Postdoctoral fellow opportunities

The Centre for Brain Research is honoured to offer postdoctoral fellowships through the kind support of the Aotearoa Foundation.

These prestigious research fellowships are funded by the Aotearoa Foundation to enable an outstanding emerging scientist to undertake research within the Centre for Brain Research at the University of Auckland. The Aotearoa Foundation is committed to furthering New Zealand research, and offers this generous support to the CBR in pursuit of our goals.

Applications must be made online to the University of Auckland opportunities page. For any queries please email Emma Robjohns.


Aotearoa Foundation Neuroscience Postdoctoral Fellowship

Fellowship Purpose

This Fellowship is one of a number funded by the Aotearoa Foundation to enable an outstanding emerging scientist to develop an independent research programme at the University of Auckland and as a future research leader. We are especially interested in applicants whose work will facilitate the Centre’s strategic goals, and which bridge clinical and biomedical research spheres. The Post-Doctoral Fellow is expected to develop research leadership skills and research independence during the fellowship and the Centre provides opportunities to assist in developing these skills.

  • Job Role: Neuroscience/Psychology/Brain Research
  • Position type: Full-time, three-year fixed-term 
  • Sector: Academic
  • Location: Auckland, New Zealand
  • Company: The University of Auckland, Centre for Brain Research (CBR)
  • Salary: NZ$81,963 to NZ$97,911 plus negotiated working expenses and travel

This prestigious personal award is a Post-doctoral Fellowships funded by the Aotearoa Foundation to recognise an outstanding emerging scientist who has shown the potential to be a research leader of the highest international calibre. The fellowship will assist them to develop an independent research programme and develop a career as a future research leader. 

We seek a candidate who has completed a PhD or equivalent postgraduate research degree and has up to 6 years of active postdoctoral research experience. These fellowships are usually awarded to candidates with 3-6 years of experience, but in exceptional circumstances we will consider recently qualified candidates with a stellar record or those with more than 6 years of postdoctoral experience.

Details of the core research activities, projects and strategic objectives of the CBR are available on the website: https://www.fmhs.auckland.ac.nz/en/faculty/cbr/our-centre.html

Research projects are available in any area of neuroscience aligned with the CBR’s research themes. Before applying applicants should contact a CBR principal investigator (https://www.fmhs.auckland.ac.nz/en/faculty/cbr/our-research/research-teams.html) to discuss the proposed research project and gain their endorsement.

Details of the application process may be found here: https://www.fmhs.auckland.ac.nz/en/faculty/cbr/our-research/research-opportunities/funded-postdoctoral-fellow-positions.html

The position is full-time fixed term for three years, available from Jan 2019.

Please refer to our University Careers website https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/about/careers-at-auckland.html for further information and to apply.

Position description
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Your application should be submitted in the form of ONE document (MS Word or PDF) that incorporates all the information defined under the headings below. Applicants must include a letter of support from a supervisor(s) within the Centre for Brain Research. The application should be in 11-12pt font and single spaced. Please submit your application online via https://www.opportunities.auckland.ac.nz (18815). Please direct application queries to Caelum Price (caelum.price@auckland.ac.nz) before the closing date 18 Jan 2019.

1) Name:

2) Contact details: (telephone, email address)

3) Brief description of career to date. Please outline and give examples of research or academic leadership roles: (one page maximum)

4) Programme of research to be undertaken: This should include background, aims, research methods and significance, and must be no longer than three pages.

5) Details of the research groups you will work with in the CBR: Provide the names and affiliations of supervisors within the CBR and why these were chosen, and an outline of the research environment including facilities available for the research and any collaborators. (No longer than one page)

6) A letter from the CBR supervisor(s) supporting the applicant

7) Career plans and how this Fellowship will help you achieve them? (No longer than half a page)

8) Budget Including salary Note 1, working expenses and relocation expenses, totalling up to a maximum of $120,000 per annum. Provide a justification for the expenses and please indicate any other sources of funding available or pending for this research.

9) A full curriculum vitae

10) Name and contact details of three referees

Note 1: The salary is set according to the Research Fellow and Lecturer Scale of the University of Auckland and ranges from L1 at NZ$81,963 to L7 at NZ$97,911 and will be determined by the University of Auckland.


*Applications must be made online to the University of Auckland opportunities page (www.opportunities.ac.nz). For any queries please email Caelum Price

Selection process

Selection will be based on the following criteria:

  • Evidence of an appropriate postgraduate research qualification
  • Academic background and track record of the applicant and suitability to the proposed project
  • Scientific merit and feasibility of the proposal
  • Quality and vision of the career plan
  • Quality, suitability and track record of the research supervisor/s and team
  • Support from referees and supervisor/s
  • Evidence of potential research leadership