MacDiarmid Institute Postdoctoral Fellowships 2015

  • Posted on: 30 January 2015
  • By: Admin RSY
Job Posted: 
Friday, 30 January 2015
Job Expiry: 
Sunday, 1 March 2015

MacDiarmid Institute Postdoctoral Fellowships 2015

The MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology is New Zealand’s premier research organisation concerned with high quality research and research education in materials science and nanotechnology.

Postdoctoral fellowships are now open across our partner institutions. 

Successful candidates will be a member of the MacDiarmid Institute, a national Centre of Research Excellence which provides collaborative opportunities and a thriving environment to work in. 

As a MacDiarmid Institute Postdoctoral Fellow you will be encouraged and financially supported to take advantage of the many opportunities we provide to broaden your experience and skills. Activities on offer include 3-6 month industry internships, one day workshops on specialist topics, intensive multi-day bootcamps (held in remote and beautiful locations) where experts share their knowledge in an important current research area, and outreach events, working with school teachers or children. The MacDiarmid Emerging Scientists Association (MESA), run by students and postdocs, organises additional activities including an annual Student/Postdoc symposium.

For more information contact the named investigator.

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Postdoctoral Fellow – Theory of Nanomaterials 

2 years fixed term at Victoria University of Wellington

The role of the Postdoctoral Fellow is to perform research within the electronic structure in nanomaterials group investigating the electronic properties of new materials assembled from superatomic clusters. The goal will be to develop a theoretical framework for the description of superatomic assemblies, based on computational methods of condensed matter physics and quantum chemistry, and to use this to predict the emergent properties of such materials. This will require the use of density functional theory programme packages and the development of new codes to analyse and interpret data within the appropriate theoretical framework, in collaboration with the condensed matter theorists within the institute. It will be necessary to take a lead in all aspects of the theoretical development and application, and to develop both computational and theoretical capabilities.

For more information contact: Dr Nicola Gaston at Victoria University of Wellington:


Postdoctoral Fellow – Superconductivity

2 years fixed term at Victoria University of Wellington

The role of the Postdoctoral Fellow is to perform research within the superconductivity team at Robinson Research Institute in association with Dr Tallon and Dr Williams initially directed at high-pressure studies on cuprates and pnictides using existing clamp cells for use in a SQUID magnetometer, diamond anvil cells for spectroscopy and a piston-cylinder device for transport studies. In addition we are seeking to initiate (with Dr Stuart Wimbush in the Institute) the development of ionic-liquid field-effect devices that can be used to dope a variety of electronic materials such as cuprates, pnictides and organic/inorganic hybrid materials. This will require construction of devices to be mounted on existing cryostat platforms and we also wish to explore the potential for combining the two techniques, pressure and field effect gating, as these offer two independent methods to control doping state. In this way we hope to decouple doping effects from intrinsic pressure effects – an ongoing challenge.

For more information contact: Dr Jeff Tallon at Victoria University of Wellington


Postdoctoral Fellowship and PhD funded on an MBIE grant.  

Project title is “Fabrication of self-diagnostic sensors and instruments for reliable measurement of urban air quality”. Industrial partners are Aeroqual, Air Quality Ltd and Beca. Require expertise in physical chemistry/materials science, facility with physical measurements and ideally ceramic fabrication expertise including thick film printing. Requires strong team-working skills and willingness to travel overseas (specifically no visa issues for USA/Canada/UK)

For more information contact: Professor David Williams at the University of Auckland:


Postdoctoral Fellowship in Functional Nanostructures

University of Auckland

These projects will explore the use of proteins and peptides as scaffolds to build functional nanostructures. Self-assembling proteins will be explored as scaffolds onto which polymers and inorganic materials will be assembled in order to develop specific optical, electrical or magnetic functionality. The projects will involve wide collaboration across the Institute and a wide range of skills will be needed. The projects will involve protein engineering, synthetic polymer and peptide chemistry, electrochemistry, clean room fabrication methods and advanced microscopy. Candidates should have excellent experimental skills in physical or synthetic chemistry or in protein engineering and should be willing to learn a wide range of new skills outside their core discipline.

For more information contact Professor David Williams at the University of Auckland: or Professor Juliet Gerrard at the University of Auckland: