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Students and postdoc staking part in our two-day Future Leaders Programme

Students and postdocs taking part in our two-day Future Leaders Programme

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.

Postdoctoral Fellowships are in place across our partner institutes and our Fellows are encouraged and financially supported to take advantage of the many opportunities we provide to broaden their experience and skills. Activities on offer include:

  • 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.

Call for Independent Post-Doctoral Fellowships

The MacDiarmid Institute invites applications for new Independent Post-Doctoral Fellowships. Several positions are expected to be awarded in this round of funding.

Candidates must be supported by a MacDiarmid Institute host investigator who works at one of the MacDiarmid Institute partner organisations. The host investigator must be a current MacDiarmid Institute Principal Investigator (PI) or Associate Investigator (AI).

Funding will be awarded for a fixed term, full-time (37½ hour week) position with the employment contract held with one of the MacDiarmid Institute partner organisations. Successful candidates will be placed on the postdoctoral fellow salary scale of the partner organisation, and also receive a $10,000 (NZD) grant, per annum, towards research expenses and travel.

Funding is available for a maximum contract length of 24 months. Successful candidates will be expected to start by no later than 30th June 2023.


Applicant must be or able to be New Zealand-based, work at one of the MacDiarmid Institute’s partner organisations, and be eligible to work legally in New Zealand. They do not have to be working at a New Zealand research institute at the time of application.

A successful applicant for a Post-doctoral Fellowship will have:

  • A PhD in a relevant subject
  • A proven research track
  • Demonstrated experience in writing scientific
  • A proven track record of working collaboratively.

A successful research project must have:

In addition, the selection panel will consider whether the applicant exhibits:

  • Ability to work in an organised and structured manner without
  • Willingness to participate in the MacDiarmid Institute’s outreach
  • Willingness to participate in the MacDiarmid Institute’s industry engagement and commercialisation
  • Drive, enthusiasm, integrity, and

Successful holders of the post-doctoral fellowship will be expected to support and implement the vision and mission of the MacDiarmid Institute.

How to apply

Please submit the following documents online as part of the application form, by no later than 9am on Tuesday 8th November 2022:

  1. Research proposal
  2. Summary statement
  3. CV and publications list in the NZ RS&T template (MBIE version)
  4. Host investigator’s CV in the NZ RS&T template (MBIE version)
  5. Host investigator’s letter of support

In addition, you will need to get your two referees to send to the MacDiarmid Institute Manager, Rosie Wayte (, independently:

  1. Letters of reference

For detailed information on the application process, download the Call for Independent Post-Doctoral Fellowships information sheet here.

Download the position description here.

Externally funded postdoctoral posititions

Research Fellow - The School of Chemical Science, The University of Auckland

We aim to recruit a highly motivated Research Fellow to develop novel catalysts for photothermal CO2 reduction to C2+ hydrocarbons. This position is jointly funded by the MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology (a New Zealand Centre of Research Excellence) and the Energy Education Trust of New Zealand (a New Zealand Charitable Trust).

This project seeks to develop supported metal nanoparticle catalysts capable of driving CO2 hydrogenation to valuable hydrocarbons (ethylene and longer chain olefins or alkanes) under concentrated sunlight via light-driven Fischer-Tropsch processes. These catalysts will absorb strongly at UV-Vis-NIR wavelengths under concentrated sunlight, resulting in catalyst heating to several hundred degrees (i.e. into the temperature range where thermal Fischer-Tropsch reactions become possible). The project supports global decarbonization efforts and seek the valorize CO2 as part of New Zealand’s emerging circular economy.

The successful candidate will be responsible for the screening of photothermal catalysts using DFT calculations, development of new photothermal catalytic materials, building new capability around testing of catalysts, testing catalyst performance, and writing manuscripts for publication.

The successful candidate will report to Principal Investigator, Associate Professor Geoffrey Waterhouse and Dr. Ziyun Wang. The successful candidate would be expected to start between Nov 1, 2022 and Feb 1, 2023, subject to meeting all visa requirements for working in New Zealand.


  • PhD in chemistry, engineering, materials science
  • A strong track record of high impact research in thermal/photothermal catalysis/photocatalysis, and ideally Fischer-Tropsch catalysis. This track record should be demonstrated, in the main, by high impact journal articles as the first or corresponding author.
  • Candidates should have strong written and verbal communication skills in English.
  • Expertise in the synthesis of catalysts/photocatalysts and the techniques relevant to catalyst or photocatalyst characterization, including SEM, TEM, HRTEM, XRD, XPS, and X-ray absorption techniques (XANES, EXAFS).
  • Competence in the performance testing of thermal/photothermal catalysts and product characterization by GC/GC-MS and HPLC/HPLC-MS.
  • Prior experience in performing DFT calculations would be an advantage.

How to apply

Applications should be submitted online here via the University of Auckland SmartRecruiters portal, before the closing date of Wednesday 31st August 2022. Please include your CV and cover letter outlining your suitability for this role.

More will be listed here as they become available.