Research Fellow in Physics University of Auckland New Zealand

Research Fellow – Physics

Faculty / Department

The Faculty of Science at the University of Auckland is the largest and most highly ranked science faculty in New Zealand. The Faculty of Science is ranked among the 90 science facilities worldwide by the QS World University Rankings. The 10 departments and schools that form the Faculty of Science represent the breadth and diversity of science in our modern world.

Position Overview

The Department of Physics is seeking a Research Fellow to join an ongoing Marsden funded project. This is fixed-term until February 2020.

The main purpose of this role is to design and build instrumentation for distributed optical sensing of temperature and strain. The aim is to develop instrumentation that can be used in remote sites to monitor the Alpine fault that runs along the length of the South Island in NZ. This work is a collaboration with geophysicists from Victoria University Wellington and will involve travel both to Wellington and to the drill site on the South Island.

Our ideal candidate will have:

  • a Ph.D. in Optical Fibre Sensing
  • ideally, three or more years' experience working with optical fibres and photonic systems
  • knowledge of strain and techniques for measuring strain and temperature remotely, with ability to splice fibres and general experience with photonic devices
  • excellent skills in writing, communicating and presenting scientific results to international audience.


All applications must be made online.

Why work here

The University of Auckland is New Zealand's leading university, with a turnover of $1.1bn, including research revenue of over $200m generated across eight diverse faculties and two research institutes. We employ more than 5400 academic and professional staff to support over 41,000 students, making us one of NZ's largest employers.

The University is committed to providing an excellent working environment through flexible employment practices and a culture that encourages and supports staff to reach their full potential. We offer a competitive salary, five weeks' annual leave, and over 300 different career development courses. In addition, the University offers a company superannuation scheme, discounted car parking, childcare and a number of other discounts on internal and external services.

Applications close Sunday, 20 May 2018.

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