Free open Job in Australasia Chair in Cancer Immunotherapy at University of Auckland, New Zealand

The Department of Molecular Medicine and Pathology is one of eight departments in the School of Medical Sciences within the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences (FMHS) at the University of Auckland.

The department has expertise and academic interests in a number of fields including cancer biology, cancer genomics and leukaemia genetics. There are also very close links and collaborations with the Auckland Cancer Society Research Centre, an internationally recognised centre for cancer drug discovery and development. In addition, the department has close links with Auckland City Hospital, a tertiary hospital that provides Cancer and Blood services for the northern region of New Zealand (approximate referral base 1.5 million), and the Starship Children’s Hospital, a national paediatric service including the national blood cancer and haematopoietic stem cell transplant service for children in New Zealand. Many academics hold joint appointments across both institutions.

In this substantive, tenured position as Professor (or Associate Professor) of Cancer Immunotherapy, you will be responsible for leading and developing a cancer immunotherapy research programme, potentially in collaboration with colleagues in the Auckland Cancer Society Research Centre, the School of Biological Sciences, and Auckland City/Starship Hospitals. This is a new position, and it is anticipated that the Cancer Immunotherapy programme could include basic immunology through to clinical studies, potentially including cell based therapy strategies. The Chair may have a small fractional clinical appointment, further enhancing the clinical research profile of the department, school and faculty, however this is not essential. 

The University of Auckland is New Zealand’s pre-eminent research-led University. Established in 1883, it is an international centre of learning and academic excellence. Based in New Zealand’s largest city Auckland, the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences is located on the Grafton Campus adjacent to Auckland City and Starship Children’s Hospitals.

Ranked in the top 100 world universities in the medical disciplines, the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences provides professional undergraduate degrees across a range of disciplines as well as a strong and diverse range of post-graduate programmes and students completing higher research degrees.

The University is committed to meeting its obligations under the Treaty of Waitangi and achieving equity outcomes for staff and students in a safe, inclusive and equitable environment.  For further information on services for Māori, Pacific, women, LGBTI, equity groups, parenting support and flexible work go to 

Please submit applications through the University website 

Position Reference: 18488 

Closing date: 9 April 2017 

Any queries or further information about the role, please contact:

Clare Litten, direct line: +64 9 923 9096, email:  OR
Dr Kathrin Soehnel email: