Position: Entry level

Job type: Part-time

Salary: Negotiate

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Job Description

The University is Aotearoa New Zealand’s pre-eminent higher education institution and a comprehensive, research-intensive, and international university, as reflected in our global ranking – 85 in the 2021 QS World University Rankings and 1st in the world in the University Impact Rankings. The Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences (FMHS) is one of the biggest faculties in the university and committed to improving the health of local, national, and global communities through excellence in teaching, research, service, and engagement. The Department of Ophthalmology is part of FMHS, and has a teaching and research programmes focus on the clinical, cellular and molecular aspects of the visual system.

Te Whiwhinga mahi | The opportunity

We are seeking a part time (0.5 FTE) technician to join our busy research team in the Department of Ophthalmology, where you will contribute to developing solutions that improve the eye health of people living in New Zealand and around the world. The role directly supports the work of Dr Jie Zhang in the development of cell therapies for corneal diseases.

He kōrero mōu | About you

You will hold a BSc (Biomedical) or BSc (Biology) qualification as well as relevant and practical laboratory experience. An MSc (Biomedical) or MSc (Biology) is preferred. You will have 4-5 years laboratory experience including those gained while completing the tertiary study. You will be able to demonstrate an understanding of microbiology and/or biochemistry and have experience with protein and gene expression assessments, aseptic techniques. Although training will be provided, experience in aseptic techniques and/or animal handling would be advantageous.

Mō tō mātou rōpū | About the team

Dr Jie Zhang’s research focuses on corneal regeneration using scaffolds and cells, and has additional interests in the relationship between connexin43 channel function and retina and optic nerve diseases such as central retinal artery occlusion and glaucoma. She is currently investigating the use of adult stem cells for corneal endothelial regeneration. Her team has successfully established an explant culture protocol for the human Transition Zone and demonstrated that Transition Zone cells can proliferate and differentiate into cells that resemble corneal endothelial cells. The goal is to develop Transition Zone cell and graft therapy as effective treatments for those suffering from corneal blindness due to endothelial diseases.

Ngā āhuatanga kei a mātou | What we offer

The University of Auckland (42,000 students) 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

Inquiries may be made to Jie Zhang - Senior Research Fellow (jie.zhang@auckland.ac.nz)

Please note we are happy to answer your questions but we do not accept applications by email.

Applications must be submitted online, by the closing date of 19th of Septemberto be considered. Please include your cover letter and CV highlighting your suitability for this position.

Additional Information

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


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 two weeks on arrival.

It is uncertain when these border restrictions will change, and this may impact the degree to which an off-shore 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.
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