Research Fellow in Medicine

University of Auckland

New Zealand


About Us:

The University of Auckland is a truly great place to work, and is New Zealand’s leading university. We employ more than 5400 academic and professional staff to support over 41,000 students, making us one of NZ’s largest employers. 

Our clinical educators and health researchers are regarded as experts in their fields, frequently directing global research projects designed to better the lives of New Zealanders and the world, and in turn passing this knowledge on to our students.

We take pride in delivering excellence in our teaching, research, and service to local, national and international communities.

The Opportunity:

The present post is for a clinical research fellow on a Maurice Wilkins Centre ( Principal Investigator grant awarded to Assoc Prof Rinki Murphy.  The research position will suit someone who is interested in clinical research into diabetes.  The 0.5FTE role offers the opportunity to fulfil the advanced training research project requirements by job-sharing one week on and one week off with a current clinical research fellow.

The main focus is on completing a randomised, blinded crossover study of two glucose lowering medications (vildagliptin and pioglitazone) as additional therapy in those people with type 2 diabetes failing monotherapy with metformin or failing dual therapy with metformin and sulfonylurea, in order to identify whether the glucose lowering response to each medication class varies by baseline characteristics (eg: ethnicity, BMI lipids, C-peptide, CREBRF genotype). There is a strong emphasis on recruitment of Māori, Pacific and Indian patients living in the Auckland area with a total recruitment target of 300 participants.  Working with primary care practices and hospital diabetes clinic staff is required. 

This role is available on a part-time basis  (.5 FTE) from 09 December 2019 to 08 December 2020.

For further information and to discuss options for part-time with clinical tenths please contact .

Skills Knowledge and Experience

  • Current medical practicing certificate and prescribing ability, with experience in  General Practice, General Medicine or Endocrinology / diabetes subspecialty
  • Excellent problem solving skills
  • Some statistical analytical skills and experience with Excel
  • Well organised with good time management skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Experience/interest in clinical trials and journal publications
  • Depending on the interests and aspirations of the applicant, other academic and career development activities may be undertaken

Key Responsibilities:

  • Assist with project management
  • Assist with database development and testing
  • Drive recruitment from a variety of sources including different general practices
  • Assist with participant consent and assessments.
  • Develop relevant research management skills
  • Keep up to date with relevant literature
  • Maintain highly organised and accurate records
  • Contribute to writing of scientific papers communicating the results of research and the presentation of such at scientific meetings

Why work for us?

The University of Auckland is ranked No.1 globally in the inaugural University Impact Rankings by Times Higher Education (THE). This recognises our commitment to sustainability and to making a positive social impact through research and teaching.

The University of Auckland is committed to providing an excellent working environment through:

  • Flexible employment practices
  • Career development programmes
  • Discounted car parking, a generous parental leave allowance, and a number of other discounts on internal and external services.

For more information please visit Staff Benefits.

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted online, by the closing date of Sunday, 29 September 2019 to be considered. Please include your cover letter and CV combined as one document. 

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