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Career and study opportunties

Our goal is to “improve the outcomes of patients with surgical diseases, within New Zealand and beyond, through excellent research, technology and collaboration.” We invite talented, innovative and entrepreneurial individuals including students, academics, clinical staff and surgeons to join our team. Current vacancies are listed below.

PhD Scholarship Available


We are looking for an excellent candidate to undertake a PhD in an exciting new area of clinical research. This position is supported by a 3-year scholarship from the New Zealand Health Research Council, and is available immediately.

The project involves building a clinical research program to improve the diagnosis of children with functional gastrointestinal problems, such as unexplained pain, nausea and vomiting. Our team have developed a breakthrough new wearable medical device for non-invasively sensing stomach function in adults, and are currently working to develop a version suitable for use in children of a variety of ages. The PhD project will involve helping our engineering team to test and refine the device to ensure it is suitable in children, then undertaking clinical studies in healthy children, followed by performing tests in a range of children with gut problems. We are linked to world-leading paediatric gastroenterology groups in the USA, UK and Australasia, who would collaborate on recruitment into a research database.

An ideal candidate will have an undergraduate or masters degree in a health-related or physiology discipline, such as nursing, nutrition and/or health sciences; a strong academic track record and/or recent research experience; and a strong interest in helping children and their families. The skills obtained during the PhD will include feasibility and pivotal clinical research design, recruitment planning, data analytics and statistical methods, paper writing and presenting, and research collaboration and leadership. We have a welcoming lab with an excellent supervision, publication and grants track record.  

If you are interested in this opportunity, please send you CV with a cover letter to: 

 Associate Professor Greg O’Grady