Doctoral salaried positions

Institute of Fundamental Science - Graduate Assistants

The Institute of Fundamental Sciences (IFS) has available a number of graduate assistant positions for students wishing to study for a PhD at Massey University. These are salaried teaching positions in which the appointee will be undertaking full-time PhD studies. Graduate assistants will be required to contribute up to 360 hours of undergraduate teaching effort each year. The positions are for a three-year term to cover the expected duration of PhD research. They also accumulate leave (holiday) which is to be taken during the period of employment.

These positions would ideally suit candidates who are interested in gaining experience and formal recognition of skills in teaching at the tertiary level, while undertaking research at a PhD level. The precise PhD research topic a candidate will undertake will be determined in consultation with the Head of Institute. It will align with a candidate’s interest and the Institute’s strategic objectives.

Overview of the Institute’s research programmes.

Salary and fees

The salary for a Graduate Assistantship is NZ$28,104 per annum. (This will rise to NZ$28,526 per annum in 2015.) This salary is subject to taxation. Those interested in a Graduate Assistant position should visit the New Zealand Inland Revenue website to determine the potential after-tax income for this salary for their particular situation.

Massey University will pay the PhD tuition fees provided that the candidate meets the New Zealand Government criteria for Domestic Fees rates (that is, NZ Citizenship or Permanent Residence, Australian Citizenship, or citizens of any other countries with which special arrangements have been made). The Institute of Fundamental Sciences will provide a fees contribution to a maximum value of NZ$7,000 per annum to those candidates not meeting this Domestic Fee requirement.


Up to five positions are immediately available. One position in each of Mathematics, Statistics, Chemistry, Physics and Cell Biology are sought to support the first-year (and preparatory) papers for these subjects.

There exists the possibility of appointing suitable candidates for 0.50 Full Time Equivalent Graduate Positions with a corresponding 0.50 scholarship (tax-free) for study (see Scholarships below).

Expressions of interest are being called at this time. Potential PhD students interested in becoming employed as a Graduate Assistant should contact:


Prof. Simon Hall, Head of Institute, for general enquiries

Or for specific information relating to each subject area:

Mathematics Assoc. Prof. Bruce van Brunt

Physics: Prof. Tony Signal

Chemistry: Assoc. Prof. Paul Plieger

Statistics: Prof. Martin Hazelton

Cell Biology: Assoc. Prof. Rosie Bradshaw

Given that these positions are a combination of employment and PhD research, candidates will need to satisfy Massey University’s admission requirements for PhD enrolment as well as being determined suitable during a formal employment process (formal advertisements will appear on Massey University’s employment website).

Eligibility and admission requirements

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