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.

MSc Scholarship in Cellulose Conversion to Bio-based Chemicals

A one-year MSc scholarship is available to investigate the combination of selected ionic liquids and process technologies such as microwave heating and vortex fluidic devices for the more efficient conversion of cellulose into useful chemical products. Approaches for the isolation of the products and recycling of the solvent systems used will be explored with a view to minimising energy consumption and the production of chemical waste.

The scholarship includes a tax-free $27,500 stipend and a contribution of $7,500 towards tuition fees. Full details are available in the above link.

Applications close Friday 05 November 2021.

Digital Designer and Publication Specialist

The New Zealand Institute of Chemistry is seeking a graphic designer with digital publication experience to work on a contract for services basis.

The role’s key responsibility is the digital production of the Institute’s quarterly journal, Chemistry in New Zealand (CiNZ) and occasional smaller jobs such as the design of prize certificates.

Currently our journal is being transformed from a classic scientific journal produced as a hard copy and pdf, to a modern publication with broader audience appeal and interactive content.

To succeed in this role, you will have current knowledge of digital publishing platforms and technology developments, and be active in promoting opportunities and making recommendations for improvements.

Applications close 11:59pm 31 October 2021.

PhD Scholarship in Sustainable Chemistry for Plant Protection

A PhD scholarship is offered for research to develop novel anti-Phytophthora molecules through combining organic chemistry and peptide synthesis. We are investigating a novel approach for plant disease control through the interfacing of traditional knowledge (Mātauranga Māori) with contemporary biochemical science.

The successful candidate will be funded under a MBIE Smart Ideas research project and enrolled at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. The scholarship provides a generous non-taxed living allowance of NZ$28,500 per annum plus the PhD tuition fee for three years.

Applications Close on 31st October 2021

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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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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