The Dean's Fellowship (Senior Research Fellow)

University of Auckland, New Zealand

The late Sir Graeme Douglas was a generous supporter of the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences and donated $2 million to establish an endowed fellowship to support the development of early career researchers. Sir Graeme’s desire was for this prestigious award to be known as The Dean’s Fellowship.

The Dean’s Fellowship is one of the faculty’s most prestigious award that will support a top postdoctoral scientist for up to five years in an area of interest to the Trustees of the Douglas Charitable Trust and the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences. This could include but is certainly not limited to:

HEART HEALTH – Applying genomics to predict heart disease. This research combines the powerful disciplines of genomics, bioinformatics, physiology and cardiology to understand the fundamental causes of cardiac abnormalities and disease.

IMMUNOLOGY – Addressing our continuing problems with infectious disease in New Zealand by developing vaccines to protect children from streptococcal infections and acute rheumatic fever.

CANCER Exciting new discoveries show it is possible to activate the immune system to attack cancers. New classes of immune targeting drugs are proving highly effective against melanoma. The next question is why some cancers respond, while others do not.

CHILD HEALTH Our health system still fails to provide adequate support and protection for many of our disadvantaged children. We are working to identifying and address the root causes of this inequality within our health system and improve the biological and mental health of our youth.

Postdoctoral scientists in any discipline with up to 10 years of experience. Applications will be assessed by a panel which will include Faculty and Donor representatives. Applicants must identify a current tenured member of faculty to act as a mentor. The selection panel reserves the right not to appoint if there is no suitable applications are received.

Applications are now open for this fellowship. Prospective applicants will find the application form under the position description section. Once completed, the application forms should be emailed to Please also submit your CV and Cover Letter through the usual means on this job opening.

Please apply online by the closing date of 9th March 2018

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