Tauira kua mutu i tana tohu paetahi/ Postgraduate student: CAR T-Cell Research Programme

CAR T Cell Research Programme · Kelburn, Wellington
Department CAR T Cell Research Programme
Employment Type Student
Compensation Stipended by scholarship or funding

Tēnā koe / Greetings,


The Malaghan Institute of Medical Research is the leading independent biomedical research institute in Aotearoa, with a focus on breakthrough discoveries in immunology and immunotherapy. We have around 120 staff committed to finding cures for diseases using the body’s own immune system. 

The Malaghan Institute is committed to Vision Mātauranga, and supports Māori health advancement in partnership with Te Urungi Māori, the Institute’s Māori advisory group. We welcome and encourage Māori applicants for this role. The Malaghan Institute is an equal opportunity employer, and values diversity. The Institute does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, colour, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, or disability status.

Our Chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell group is dedicated to investigating CAR T-cell signalling and function, and using this knowledge to develop targeted cancer therapies for patients. We are seeking a passionate and intellectually-curious Tauira kua mutu i tana tohu paetahi to contribute their personal mana to our mission: ensuring that all New Zealanders have access to the best possible cancer treatments.

You will participate in a research project focused on developing novel CAR T-cell immunotherapies that aim to be safer and more effective than current clinical preparations. These therapies will initially target lymphoma, with the potential to target other cancers. This exciting opportunity could suit a BSc.Hons, MSc or PhD candidate with an interest in immunology and a desire to work in the field of translational research, bringing cures from the lab bench to the patient’s bedside.

We recognise that the successful applicant’s available start date will depend on the course commencement dates. To be considered for this great study opportunity, please ensure you would be available to commence your postgrad study no later than the beginning of the 2022 academic year.


Tohu Mātauranga / Qualifications

  • BSc or higher degree in the biology/biomedical field


Ngā Pūkenga / Experience and Skills

  • Basic understanding of immunology and a desire to learn more
  • Undergraduate laboratory experience


Ngā Ahuatanga / Desired Traits

  • Hard-working, a true passion for research
  • Cooperative and friendly team member
  • Clear communicator, both written and oral
  • Detail-focussed, including careful record keeping
  • Have flexibility around hours


Ngā Kawenga / Key Responsibilities

  • Exhibit or develop a good understanding of Te Reo Māori me ōna tikanga
  • Conduct research with an awareness of, and commitment to, the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi
  • Review the relevant literature relating to your thesis project and the general scientific field
  • Train with existing lab personnel to learn the necessary experimental assays and techniques
  • Independently plan and perform experiments to test hypotheses, with support from your postgraduate supervisor
  • Keep accurate records, report orally and in writing on the progress of the research
  • Perform data analysis and prepare results for publication and presentation, with support from your supervisor
  • Demonstrate or develop knowledge of Māoritanga and its relevance to work practices
  • Attend and contribute to meetings and effectively communicate scientific findings in group meetings, Young Researcher Club, seminars, and journal clubs


Ngā Painga / Benefits

  • Opportunity to contribute to a ground-breaking and life-saving project
  • A supportive team culture
  • Exposure to a unique research environment working with highly driven scientists and support staff
  • The Young Researcher Club: encouraging collaboration and support between MSc, PhD students and other junior researchers. These regular meetings are designed for sharing of information, collaborating and problem solving
  • Visiting Speaker Programme: a world class Friday speaker programme provides the opportunity to learn from and interact with leading researchers from Aotearoa and around the world
  • Professional Development and Conference opportunities: students are encouraged to participate in specific courses or conferences that will benefit both their professional development and the Institute
  • Employee Assistance Programme – confidential, professional services which can support and guide you through your personal or work challenges
  • Assistance with securing a postgraduate scholarship covering university fees and a living stipend


If you share our passion of building cures for cancer, and think that this project would be would be an interesting learning opportunity, apply now by sending your Cover Letter and CV. Applications close Sunday 8 August at 4pm for a start date as soon as possible. 


Candidates must hold the right to study in Aotearoa. You may be asked to provide a copy of your academic transcript further along the recruitment process. However you do not need to have a flawless academic record to be eligible. Interviews may be held immediately should the right candidates apply, so don’t wait, apply today!

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  • Location
    Kelburn, Wellington
  • Department
    CAR T Cell Research Programme
  • Employment Type
  • Compensation
    Stipended by scholarship or funding