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Becoming an Investigator

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Becoming an Investigator

Investigator doing researchThe MacDiarmid Institute is New Zealand’s premier research institute focused on advanced materials and nanotechnology. We are a multi-disciplinary consortium of five universities and two research institutes. Our scientists work at one of our partner institutes in one or more of our research themes.

All our investigators have met strict criteria to be accepted as Principal Investigators (PIs), Associate Investigators (AIs) or International Partner Investigators (IPIs). We provide them with additional resources, including access to our highly sophisticated tools, and facilitate collaboration with MacDiarmid Institute researchers and others.

Principal Investigators

Our Principal Investigator cohort represents New Zealand’s leading physical scientists and engineers in the fields of advanced materials and nanotechnology.

Principal Investigators receive a proportion of their EFT plus a contribution to their travel and operational expenses in support of their excellent research and other Institute based activities. They also have access to studentships and other internal funds under a competitive application scheme.

If you are interested in applying for Principal Investigator status please contact our Centre Manager, Catherine Gibbs.

Associate Investigators

Our Associate Investigators advance our goals and their contribution to the Institute’s many collaborations complement and strengthen our activities.

Associate Investigators enjoy many benefits including access to resources that they would not otherwise have, such as research networks, facilities and professional development. Admission to the Institute is dependent on strict criteria being met, including being based in New Zealand, and collaborating with at least two MacDiarmid Institute Principal Investigators or Associate Investigators at the commencement of the role. They also have access to internal funds under a competitive application scheme.

If you are interested in applying for Associate Investigator status, please see the application criteria and process here, or contact our Centre Manager, Catherine Gibbs.

International Partner Investigators

Our International Partner Investigators advance our goals and their contribution to the Institute’s many collaborations complement and strengthen our activities.

International Partner Investigators enjoy many benefits including access to resources that they would not otherwise have, such as research networks, facilities and some Institute events. Admission to the Institute is dependent on strict criteria being met, including being based outside of New Zealand, and collaborating with at least two MacDiarmid Institute Principal Investigators or Associate Investigators at the commencement of the role. They do not have direct access to internal funds.

If you are interested in applying for International Partner Investigator status, please see the application criteria and process here, or contact our Centre Manager, Catherine Gibbs.