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Professor Jadranka Travas-Sejdic with UCLA collaborator Yihang Chen

Professor Jadranka Travas-Sejdic with UCLA collaborator Yihang Chen

Materials science and nanotechnology are key to solving the big problems of our time, such as climate change, and the MacDiarmid Institute is New Zealand’s premier research institute focused in this area.

Working with our teams of leading scientists opens up a wide range of opportunities for those who join us as students or investigators.

These include involvement in vital world-class research, start-up companies, industry collaborations, local and central government projects, and developing innovations to improve people’s lives.

Opportunities offered to our students include:

  • Three to six month industry internships in government agencies, NGOs or industry
  • Annual multi-day workshops on specialist topics such as communication, commercialisation and leadership
  • Intensive annual multi-day bootcamps (held in remote and beautiful locations) where experts share their knowledge in an important current research area
  • Public engagement events, working with school teachers or children
  • Membership of the MacDiarmid Emerging Scientists Association (MESA), run by students and postdocs, which organises additional activities.

Our alumni are working throughout New Zealand, as well as all over the world, making a real difference in their chosen areas of research.

Placement opportunities

MacDiarmid Institute funded Masters project

Piezoelectric energy scavenging using biowaste

01/07/19 - This research project aims to investigate the use of biological waste products to create piezoelectric energy harvesters. The project will start with general investigations of the bio piezoelectric effect. Gained knowledge will be used to design, fabricate and characterize piezoelectric energy harvesting devices. Read more

PhD scholarships

At times the MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology has places available for PhD scholarships.

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Masters scholarships

At times the MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology has places available for Masters scholarships.

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Call for Investigators

The MacDiarmid Institute Investigator cohort represents New Zealand’s leading scientists in the fields of advanced materials and nanotechnology.

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Postdoctoral Fellowships

Our Postdoctoral Fellowships allow early career scientists to focus on developing their research with the support and collaboration of some of the top researchers in New Zealand.

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Business scholarships

We offer a limited number of competitive scholarships for our alumni to undertake further postgraduate study in business-related areas.

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As part of completing an MSc, PhD or Postdoctoral Fellowship at the MacDiarmid Institute, we offer internships to students to enable them to gain experience in NGOs, industry or government.

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Scholarships for Māori and Pasifika students

We are offering scholarships for Māori and Pasifika students in the sciences. These scholarships will pay university fees up to $8,000 for the 2020 academic year, and a one-off cash award of up to $5,000.

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