Post Doctoral Research Fellow (Robinson Research Institute)

  • Gracefield
  • Temporary
  • Mon Mar 29 00:28:41 2021
  • 1030

  • Are you a high-performing researcher with expertise in the physics of electromagnetism?
  • Would you thrive in an environment of innovative engineering and applied physics endeavours?
  • Are you a motivated self-starter who relishes working autonomously as well as contributing positively to a high performing team?

Mō Te Herenga Waka - About Our University

Te Herenga Waka - Victoria University of Wellington is a global-civic university with our marae at our heart. This iho draws off our heritage and is further defined by our tūrangawaewae, in particular Wellington, Aotearoa, and the Asia-Pacific, all of which are expressed in our position as Aotearoa New Zealand's globally ranked capital city university.

Our core ethical values are respect, responsibility, fairness, integrity, and empathy. These core ethical values are demonstrated in our commitment to sustainability, wellbeing, inclusivity, equity, diversity, collegiality, and openness. With, and as, tangata whenua, we value Te Tiriti o Waitangi, rangatiratanga, manaakitanga, kaitiakitanga, whai mātauranga, whanaungatanga, and akoranga.

Kōrero mō te tūranga - About the role

Te Herenga Waka - Victoria University of Wellington is currently recruiting a Post-Doctoral Research fellow to join the  Materials team on a 24-month fixed term contract. This role will contribute to achieving contracted milestones in a funded MBIE research programme on developing novel voltage-tuneable thin film magneto resistive sensors.

You will need to work with a PhD student to:

  • Prepare thin film magnetic multilayers by high-vacuum magnetron sputtering.
  • Use CAD design, clean room photolithography and ion milling techniques to pattern magnetic sensor structures
  • Perform magnetic and magnetoelectric characterisation of the structures.
  • Arrange for additional materials characterisation measurements where required, including structural, compositional and surface analysis.
  • Prepare the research results for dissemination in presentations and research publications.

You will also assist a lab technician to manage the Magnetic Properties Lab and Thin Film Lab at Robinson, which houses thin film deposition/milling (Kurt Lesker CMS-18 and Intlvac ion mill) and magnetic properties measurement equipment (Quantum Design SQUID MPMS and PPMS and Vertisis MOKE systems). You will also be involved with helping a Callaghan Innovation team set up the newly refurbished Gracefield campus clean room facility, representing the interests of Robinson users of this new facility.

Ō pūmanawa - About you

You will be a motivated, customer-focused individual who can take the initiative.

You will thrive in this role with an excellent manner with people, an ability to influence and manage conflict, strong attention to detail, and self-management skills. This role is busy, challenging, extremely rewarding and interesting for the individual with the right temperament. 

You will be a highly organised self-starter and natural relationship builder, who relishes working autonomously as well as contributing positively to a high performing team. You will need effective time management and forward planning to balance meeting deadlines and maintain a high standard of service to both students and staff. The ability to remain calm under pressure and thrive working with a diverse range of stakeholders.  

Key Requirements: 

  • A PhD in Physical Science or Engineering, or extensive post-graduate engineering experience.
  • Comprehensive understanding of technical issues.
  • Proven experience in carrying out complex theoretical and/or experimental projects.
  • Ability to plan and manage own work effectively and assist others.
  • Consistently deliver agreed outputs to a professional standard.
  • Proven experience of contributing to projects with a high degree of difficulty requiring logical and conceptual problem-solving skills.
  • Understand the importance of focussing outputs to meet Institute & University strategic goals.
  • Demonstrated ability to plan and manage work and involve others to meet outputs.
  • Proven experience with consistently producing high quality outputs which have made a significant contribution to their specialist field.

Role Description

Close Date for Vacancy:  19 April 2021.

Contact Details for Vacancy:  If you have any questions regarding this role please get in touch with Simon Granville, on (04) 4630074 (x30074) or  But applicants should follow all steps listed below. 

Important - Application Steps and information

For applicants who are not NZ Citizens or Permanent Residents, we recommend you check the NZ Immigration website for updates related to Covid19 restrictions on entry to New Zealand:

Download and complete the University Application Form. 
Click Apply Now Button at the base of the advert, follow the process to enter your contact details and add your CV in the online form. 

Please include a cover letter in your application, telling us why you’re a great fit for this position then email the completed application form, cover letter and any other supporting documentation to stating the reference number and position title from the advert in the subject line.