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Postdoctoral Fellow in Chemistry (A295-17CA)

Institute of Fundamental Sciences, College of Sciences

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Fellowship in chemistry and applications of metal-organic frameworks.

Location:Palmerston North
Term:Fixed Term of 12 Months
Grade:Postdoctoral Fellow
Salary:$68,945 - $83,228 pa
Applications close:11:45 p.m. on 30 October 2017

Position overview

A chemist is sought for a collaborative project on metal-organic frameworks involving a team of New Zealand scientists and researchers at CSIRO, Melbourne, Australia. The project will involve extending the fundamental research of the New Zealand team toward the applications being developed by the CSIRO lab led by A/Prof Matthew Hill. The project is funded by the MBIE Catalyst Fund. 

The position is ideal for a self-starter who can interact productively with a range of scientists to develop and pursue innovative applications of MOF materials. Applicants should have a background in synthetic chemistry and experience in materials characterisation. They should have a track record that demonstrates they are enthusiastic, creative and productive scientists, with excellent communication skills and experience in a collaborative research environment. 
Applications should include:
-          A succinct summary of the applicant’s experience and attributes and how these align with the requirements of the position.
-          A one-page research proposal on the translation of the research results of the Massey-based team toward applications in catalysis, sensing, and/or gas separation.

Please direct any questions to the project leader Professor Shane Telfer (email

Job description

Purpose statement

To assist with a research programme in chemistry funded by a MBIE Catalyst grant on the synthesis and applications of metal-organic frameworks.

Responsible to

Head of the Institute of Fundamental Sciences through the Project Leader, Professor Shane Teller.

Key accountabilities

The Fellow is required to:
* Undertake research on the chemistry an applications of metal-organic frameworks.
* Collate and analyse experimental data with care and attention to detail.
* Participate in weekly group meetings.
* Work and communicate clearly and effectively with collaborators.
* Write research papers and other reports.
* Maintain research equipment.
* Present results at conferences.
* Mentor junior researchers.
* Contribute to undergraduate teaching activities (lectures and laboratories).
* Maintain confidentiality both during and after employment of material identified as confidential.
* Ensure appropriate safety standards and compliance requirements are met through liaising with IFS's Health, Safety and Compliance Officer.
* Participate fully in the academic activities of the Institute and the University.
* Devote himself/herself full-time to University duties.
* Diligently and faithfully serve the University and use his/her best endeavours to promote and protect the interests of the University.

Person specification


PhD in Chemistry.


Extensive experience in synthetic chemistry.
Expertise in X-ray crystallography.
An excellent knowledge of porous materials and methods for their characterisation.
Experience with mentoring and teaching younger scientists.
Enthusiasm for research.
Ability to devise creative and impactful research projects.

Personal attributes and behaviours

Initiative and enthusiasm.
Effective communication and teaching style.
Proven ability to write scientific manuscripts.
Good time-management skills.
Ability to work as a member of a team and communicate well with others.
Excellent written and spoken English.


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