Chemistry Jobs

Jobs for chemists in New Zealand, including postdoc positions and PhD scholarships. Latest positions received appear at the top of the page. This service is free to NZIC members – details of how to advertise your position on the website can be found here.

Postdoctoral Research Associate in Light Emitting Devices

  • Opportunity to make valuable contributions to research on light emitting devices
  • Located at the School of Chemistry building, Camperdown Campus with regular travel required to CSIRO Melbourne
  • Full-time, fixed-term until 31 July 2023 offering a base salary $95K – $105K p.a., plus leave loading and a generous employer’s contribution to superannuation.

Applications close 17 August 2021

PhD Scholarship: Reconfigurable Pickering Emulsions

A fully funded PhD scholarship in Chemistry is available for research into formulating and characterising reconfigurable Pickering emulsions. This is an exciting opportunity to make real breakthroughs using microscopy, scattering and rheology techniques to probe the structure and function of these new materials.

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Postgraduate Scholarships

$35k p.a. scholarships are available for NZ students to undertake PhD/MPhil study in the group of Dr Terry Frankcombe at University of New South Wales’ Canberra campus (tuition free). A range of theoretical and computational projects are available, from astrochemistry and materials to quantum dynamics.

Starting February 2022.

For further details visit 

For more information about postgraduate study at UNSW Canberra, visit

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Lecturer in Inorganic Chemistry

The University of Auckland is seeking a permanent, full-time lecturer in Inorganic Chemistry. Full details are available at the above link.

Applications close on 25 July 2021

PhD Scholarship

(Ferrier Research Institute, Victoria University of Wellington)

The Ferrier Research Institute currently has funding available for a PhD scholarship. The Institute has established a world-class reputation in nature-inspired synthetic carbohydrate chemistry and analysis and has extended its expertise into the areas of synthetic and chemical biology, chemical immunology, and natural product isolation. We investigate issues related to our health, wellbeing, and the sustainability of our environment. More about the research undertaken at the Ferrier Research Institute can be found here.

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PhD Scholarship for the Generation of New Penicillin Variants

 (Ferrier Research Institute, Victoria University of Wellington)

A PhD scholarship is available to synthesise and formulate new penicillin variants and examine their properties. It will involve the design and multi-step chemical synthesis of targets using techniques such as anhydrous reaction conditions, column chromatography, NMR, MS and HPLC. An appreciation of good practice health and safety and record keeping are essential. The candidate will receive full training and guidance through all aspects of the project.

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ARC Future Fellowship Scholarships

(University of Technology Sydney (UTS), Australia)

The University of Technology Sydney has applications open for PhD Scholarships funded by Australian Research Council’s Future Fellowships. This research project aims to make it possible to control the synthesis of boron-based two-dimensional (2D) materials with the desired following features in single or multiple aspects: thickness, composition, lateral sizes, porosity, surface area, and functionality. It intends to do so by designing and synthesising novel precursors, and by optimising the fabrication process of boron-based 2D nanosheets for different applications. It is expected to take us closer to unlocking the potential of boron- based 2D materials for real-world applications in, for example, energy storage and high-performance flexible electronics.

Applications Close 30 September 2021 at 11.59pm (AEST)

PhD scholarship for developing real time analysis of marine biomass

(University of Otago and Plant and Food Research)

This research project is part of an MBIE program, Cyber Physical Seafood Systems (Cyber-Marine) led by Plant and Food Research.  It will investigate fundamental and applied aspects of marine biological chemistry using a wide range of standard (GC-MS, LC-MS) and spectroscopic (Raman, IR and NIR spectroscopies) analytical techniques.

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MSc scholarship for spectroscopy and disease diagnosis

(University of Otago)

We have an opportunity for an MSc thesis-only (one year) in the fields of biomedical analysis and optics design. This MSc thesis will be part of an industry driven project and the overall aim is to develop a new method of disease diagnosis. This work could entail development, testing and iterative refinement of a device for collection of OCT or vibrational spectroscopic data, or analysis using multivariate methods.

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