7 Nov 2018

Fixed-term Research Fellow

The University of Auckland – Te Whare Wānanga o Tāmaki Makaurau – Posted by University of AucklandAuckland, Auckland, New Zealand

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Auckland University

Job Description

Faculty of Medical & Health Sciences

The University of Auckland is New Zealand’s leading university, with a turnover of $1.1bn, including research revenue of over $200m generated across eight diverse faculties and two research institutes. We employ more than 5400 academic and professional staff to support over 41,000 students, making us one of NZ’s largest employers.

We have on offer a 3-year Research Fellow position, available on an MBIE funded programme exploring gut inflammation and brain health.

The opportunity

It is now acknowledged that gut responses and communication between the brain and the gut, the gut-brain axis (GBA), is important for brain development and function, and emerging evidence links low-grade gut inflammation to neuroinflammation via production of pro-inflammatory cytokines and other molecules that act on the brain.

This aim of the programme is to test whether food products that protect against gut inflammation may improve cognition, memory and stress/anxiety resilience via the gut.

This specific project aims to help understand how modulation of gut inflammation, and therefore modulation of circulating molecules such as cytokines, may protect the blood brain barrier. This project will develop novel cell culture models of the gut and BBB to test compounds for their ability to protect the blood brain barrier.

Who are we looking for?

Our preferred candidate will have:

  • Cell culture experience (ideally with some experience in stem cell biology and using iPSCs).
  • Experience with immunohistochemistry and protein analysis.
  • Some experience in cytokine analysis and flow cytometry would be preferable.


This is a full time position, available on a fixed term basis of 3 years with an immediate start. Queries may be directed to Dr. Simon O’Carroll at s.ocarroll@auckland.ac.nz

Applications must be submitted online, by the closing date of Thursday 22nd November 2018.

The University is committed to meeting its obligations under the Treaty of Waitangi and achieving equity outcomes for staff and students in a safe, inclusive and equitable environment.  For further information on services for Māori, Pacific, women, LGBTI, people with disabilities, parenting support, flexible work and other equity issues go to www.equity.auckland.ac.nz

How to Apply

In order to apply you will first need to register with the University by completing an online user profile via their website. APPLY NOW by clicking HERE to register with the University's website.  Search by the Job ID number: 20267. Please combine your cover letter and CV as one document when submitting your application. To successfully download the full Job Description you should ensure you have pop-up blocker disabled and file downloads enabled (in Internet Explorer enabling file downloads is done by navigating to Tools > Internet Options > Security > Custom Level and select radio button to enable File Downloads). If you are experiencing difficulty in any aspect of the application process or if you do not receive a confirmation email that you have applied for a role, please contact recruitment@auckland.ac.nz or Phone 09 923 1115. Applications close: Thursday 22nd November 2018.

Job Categories: Research. Job Types: Fixed-term.

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