Research Fellow

The University of Waikato
Hamilton (Locality), Waikato (NZ)
To be negotiated
February 26 2018
Other, Education
Position Type
Organization Type

School of Science

Faculty of Science and Engineering

This opportunity is based at the University's main campus in Hamilton, New Zealand, a city with a youthful population of 160,000 and a mild climate. The School of Science has internationally recognised leadership in environmental research and is dedicated to building a diverse and productive workforce.

We are searching for a highly motivated individual to study the role of horizontal gene transfer in creating and maintaining intra-species genomic variations in geothermal microbial communities in collaboration with staff from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Canterbury. The position will undertake research for the multidisciplinary project "From Geothermal Hot Springs to Microbial Gene Pools: Explaining Intra-Species Genomic Variations in Bacteria". The research will focus on microbial communities found in geothermal pools across the Taupo volcanic zone in New Zealand.

Applicants will have a PhD in a relevant field as well as hands-on experience with associated techniques, including comparative genomics, metagenomics, isolation and characterisation of environmental microorganisms and geochemical analyses of environmental samples. The successful applicant is expected to undertake laboratory and field research associated with the project and maintain and make available current knowledge of relevant research areas. They are also expected to fulfil relevant administrative duties and reporting responsibilities. An excellent publication record as well as good writing and verbal communication skills are important criteria for selection.

Salary will be in the range of NZ$74,034 to $89,163 per year, depending on qualifications, skills and experience.

Enquiries of an academic nature should be directed to Professor Chad Hewitt, Dean, School of Science, email:

Fixed-term for three years