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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.

Externally funded postdoctoral posititions

Postdoctoral Research Fellow in biodegradable electronics

This project will develop prototypes for biodegradable passive and active RFID tags suitable for use in supply-chain management and wild-life tracking. The main challenge will be to optimise the electromechanical coupling in a set of biological materials through material selection, processing, and stabilisation. The project will then move to evaluation of tag designs, to create both passive and active (energy harvesting RFID tags). The developed biodegradable RFID tags will have applications in for example supply-chain management and animal tracking and can be combined with sensor elements to detect environmental conditions.

The role also includes teaching (10%) into our Chemical and Materials Engineering program, an excellent experience for academic career progression.


The successful candidate will be excited to work in an interdisciplinary project and must have a PhD degree in a relevant discipline with a willingness to learn and apply new techniques.

We are looking for a person with a proven track-record of research, has excellent communication skills (written and oral), who works well in a team environment and who is organised and driven. Teaching experience or an interest in developing skills in teaching and supervision is favoured. Due to current border restrictions local applicants will be given preference over international applicants. Ideal candidates must have experience in some or all of the below:

  • Microfabrication and electronic materials, ideally electromechanical coupling
  • Material chemistry/engineering
  • Material processing (printing, electrospinning, coating)
  • Characterisation methods such as: AFM, SEM, mechanical testing, and electrical characterisation

For more information see the position advertisement at The University of Auckland.

Please note this position is for a two year full-time Fixed-Term contract.

How to apply

Applications must be submitted online, by the closing date of 10 November 2021 to be considered. Please include your cover letter and your CV highlighting how you can meet the skills and experiences detailed above.

Please reach out to Dr Jenny Malmström via for a confidential conversation. Please note we are happy to answer your questions but we do not accept applications by email.