5 Aug 2022

Fixed-term Research Fellow in Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Analysis

The University of Auckland – Te Whare Wananga o Tamaki Makaurau – Posted by University of AucklandAuckland, New Zealand

Auckland Uni 19

Job Description

Waipapa Taumata Rau | The University of Auckland

The Liggins Institute was the University’s first Large Scale Research Institute. It is a world leading centre for translational research on maternal, fetal, and child health; the impact of nutrition on health throughout life; epigenetic regulation of growth and development; the origins of non-communicable diseases, particularly metabolic, and knowledge transfer.

Our research programme focuses on how maternal, fetal, and neonatal nutrition and the intrauterine environment affect fetal and postnatal growth, development, and long-term health. We are also working to understand the causes and consequences of preterm birth and fetal growth restriction, which together affect more than 8,000 babies born in New Zealand each year.

Te Whiwhinga mahi | The opportunity

We have an opportunity for an energetic, enthusiastic post-doctoral research fellow with experience in neuroimaging studies to join a clinical research group at the Liggins Institute, University of Auckland.  The successful candidate will be involved in acquiring and analysing brain MRI data in children participating in neonatal clinical studies, including MR DIAMOND and MoPED.

DIAMOND is a multicentre factorial design randomised trial assessing the effects of three feeding strategies in moderate-late preterm babies. MR DIAMOND is a nested study to determine the effects of these different feeding strategies on specific aspects of brain maturation using MRI.

MoPED is a cohort study in moderate-late preterm babies investigating the relationships between early brain imaging and findings and later development.

The research fellow will have day-to-day responsibility for acquiring, monitoring and analysis of advanced 3T MR imaging. Analyses will include clinical scoring, cortical morphometry, white matter tractography, and resting state functional networks.

This full time 36 month post will provide opportunity to work closely with a multidisciplinary team of clinicians, developmental researchers and statisticians at the Liggins Institute, Auckland, and collaborate with researchers at the University of British Columbia and the University of Toronto.

This is a fulltime (40 hours per week), 36-month fixed term role
Remuneration: RF1 – SL5;  $86,979 – $127,034 dependant on experience, skills, and qualifications

For more detailed information, please refer to the Position Description.

Ngā āhuatanga kei a mātou | What we offer

The University of Auckland is New Zealand’s leading university and maintains significant computational, laboratory and analytic facilities. Auckland itself is frequently rated as one of the world’s most liveable cities.

The University is committed to providing an excellent working environment through:

  • Flexible employment practices (including working from home, flexible hours)
  • Up to 6.75% company superannuation scheme
  • A competitive salary with five weeks’ annual leave

In addition, we also offer career development programmes, discounted car parking, a generous parental leave allowance, childcare, and several other discounts on internal and external services.

For more information, please visit Staff Benefits.

Me pēhea te tuku tono | How to apply

Applications should be submitted online, before the closing date of Sunday, 21st August 2022 and include an up-to-date CV and cover letter outlining what strengths you will bring to this role.

If you have any questions about this role, please contact Distinguished Professor Jane Harding via j.harding@auckland.ac.nz.  Please note we do not accept applications via email.

Additional Information

Overseas Applicants

In response to COVID-19 the New Zealand Government imposed travel restrictions but have recently announced a five-step plan for a phased border re-opening. This phased re-opening will take some time and this may alter the nature of the standard interview process for offshore candidates, particularly at the on-site interview stage. To see how this might affect your application and for more information and updates on the border restrictions and phased re-opening, please visit the Immigration New Zealand website or the New Zealand Government’s official Covid-19 website.


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, LGBTQITakatāpui+, 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. 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 oIn f 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: Sunday, 21st August 2022

Job Categories: Research. Job Types: Fixed-term. Job expires in 3 days.

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