4 Dec 2021

Fixed-term Research Technician – TB Vaccinations

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

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Job Description

Waipapa Taumata Rau | The University of Auckland

The University of Auckland is New Zealand’s leading university, with a turnover of $1.3bn, including research revenue of over $300m generated across eight diverse faculties and two research institutes. We employ more than 5400 academic and professional staff to support over 45,000 students, making us one of NZ’s largest employers.

Our mission and values place strong emphasis on both our student body and our scholarly community, and we work with both community and enterprise to advance the well-being of the peoples of Auckland and New Zealand, with a clear commitment to pursuing sustainability.

Te Whiwhinga mahi | The opportunity

We are seeking a Research Technician to provide key support for staff and students across a variety of technical operations, your work will be essential to our research and research outputs.

You will need to demonstrate technical expertise in the practical skills of being a technician, showing your underlying knowledge of the field whilst always considering health & safety and compliance considerations relevant to your area. You will act as a guide to others when they undertake practical operations to ensure a safe environment.

You will provide technical support for a Tuberculosis (TB) vaccine project which is part of a collaboration with the University of KwaZulu Natal (UKZN), South Africa. The work will NOT include work with TB bacteria. Your role will involve:

  • Cloning several DNA fragments into a plasmid
  • Growing and purify modified plasmids
  • Support the ongoing operational requirements for assigned research fields, as directed
  • Assist researchers to produce outputs of publishable quality by reliably following established procedures
  • Carry out experimental work under academic guidance to produce experimental data
  • Understand and comply with containment requirements
  • Ensure safe storage, use and disposal of substances covered by these regulations and ensure correct record keeping
  • Maintain assigned equipment by undertaking or arranging scheduled maintenance, repairs, calibration, testing, and upgrading of hardware and software to ensure optimal functionality, availability for use, and reliability of data produced
  • Ensure that all Health and Safety operating procedures and regulations are adhered to

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

Mō tō mātou rōpū | About the team

Work is to be carried out in the Infection & Immunity cluster within the Department of Molecular Medicine & Pathology (School of Medical Sciences). The cluster is located on the 3rd floor of building 502 and consists of a modern large open space PC2 laboratory. You will work within a group of 8 staff and students. Main supervision will be by Prof. Thomas Proft and lab supervision by Dr. Catherine Tsai.

Apart from the research activities, you will also be on the roster for lab and floor duties such as preparing common buffers and disinfecting waste for disposal.

He kōrero mōu | About you

Our ideal candidate will have a BSc or equivalent in relevant Medical or Science based discipline, with experience of DNA cloning and Bacterial cultures. You will be able to demonstrate experience and understanding of PCR, agarose gels, restriction enzyme digests, DNA cloning and the preparation of media and agar.

This is a technical medical focused technician role so only those with lab experience and relevant technical training will be considered.

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 a number of other discounts on internal and external services.

For more information please visit Staff Benefits.

Me pēhea te tuku tono | How to apply

Applications must be submitted online, by the closing date of Monday, 10th January 2022 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 Thomas Proft via t.proft@auckland.ac.nz for a confidential conversation. Please note we are happy to answer your questions but we do not accept applications by email.

Additional Information

Covid-19 Vaccination

The University of Auckland is committed to protecting the health, safety and well-being of our staff and students.  All students, staff and visitors need to be fully vaccinated against Covid-19, or medically exempt, in order to come onto our campuses or to take part in face-to-face University-managed activities. Therefore, we are only able to consider applicants who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 or have a New Zealand Ministry of Health issued medical exemption and evidence of this will be requested as part of your employment. You can read more about the University’s vaccination policy here.

Overseas Applicants

In accordance with our commitment to equitable recruitment, the University welcomes applications from all suitably qualified and experienced candidates. In response to COVID-19 the New Zealand Government has imposed a travel ban and are currently only allowing New Zealand Residents, Citizens and visa holders meeting a strict exception policy to enter the country, all of whom must currently enter Government approved quarantine for seven days on arrival. 

It is uncertain when these border restrictions will change, and this may impact the degree to which an offshore candidate can engage in the interview process; or be available to commence in a new position. For more information and updates on the border restrictions 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 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: Monday, 10th January 2022

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

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