Centre for Theoretical Chemistry and Physics
at Massey University (Albany Campus), New Zealand

Currently Advertised Positions

Postdoctoral Positions 2015

None currently available. Enquiries about externally funded postdoctoral positions through the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, the German Science Foundation etc. please contact Prof. Peter Schwerdtfeger (p.a.schwerdtfeger@massey.ac.nz)

PhD Positions

We have PHD positions available at any time within our research centre. Students need good knowledge of the field they will work on, plus good mathematical and programming skills. For further information please do not hesitate to contact one of our group leaders Prof. Peter Schwerdtfeger, Prof. Joachim Brand, Prof. Sergej Flach, Dr. Elke Pahl, Dr. Jane Allison, or Dr. Patrick Bowman.

Current openings are MU PhD scholarships and 1 Marsden funded PHD scholarship:
The Centre for Theoretical Chemistry and Physics in the New Zealand Institute for Advanced Study at Massey University is seeking two candidates for PhD. Project 1 is concerned with the simulation of high-pressure materials and phase transitions. For this project the candidate needs to have a good understanding of solid-state physics/chemistry and should be able to program in Fortran, C or C++. Project 2 is concerned with the solution of the Dirac equation for different model potentials with applications to particle confinements. A strong background in quantum mechanics and mathematics and in particular the solution of differential equations will be essential. The PhD students will join the group at the Centre for Theoretical Chemistry and Physics (CTCP) within the New Zealand Institute for Advanced Study currently consisting of five full-time faculty plus postdocs, students and external collaborators working on topics in quantum chemistry, quantum physics and nonlinear dynamics. The CTCP is based at Albany campus of Massey University on Auckland's north shore. The successful applicant will have an Honours or Masters degree in Physics, Mathematics or Computational Chemistry. Project 1 leaders are E. Pahl and P. Schwerdtfeger, project 2 leaders are P. Bowman and P. Schwerdtfeger. To apply please email a covering letter, detailed CV, proof of English language skills, academic transcripts, and 2-3 reference letters from academic staff to Prof. Peter Schwerdtfeger (p.a.schwerdtfeger@massey.ac.nz) for more details. Applications should be submitted no later than the 15th of March 2016. However, we may consider late applications.

General Information

We are looking for Postdocs, PhD students, and research students in Masters programme in Chemistry and Masters by thesis only in Physics. The Centre for Theoretical Chemistry and Physics (CTCP) promotes high profile research in various areas of theoretical physics and chemistry. CTCP was established in 2004 as part of an initiative to develop theoretical physics and chemistry at the Auckland campus of Massey University.

Masters / BSc(Hons) Chemistry and Masters by Thesis only in Physics

Massey University Auckland is now accepting students at Masters and Honours level in “Chemistry” and Masters by Thesis only in “Physics”.

Scholarships for domestic tuition fees are available from Massey University. See also Massey University's scholarship page, search for “Massey University Masterate scholarship“ or “other postgraduate schoralships”.

Under reciprocal arrangements, students from the following countries can study in New Zealand for domestic tuition fees: New Zealand, Australia, Germany, France. For German students there may be further financial support available through the DAAD.

Doctoral Studies

Note: international PhD students from any country will be accorded domestic status at Massey University for the purpose of tuition fees.

Massey University Doctoral Scholarships Scholarships

Doctoral Scholarships are offered for the purpose of encouraging postgraduate research at Massey University and are awarded on academic ranking, see Massey University's scholarship page


Please inquire with individual staff members if post-doc positions are available. Various fellowship schemes support national and international postdoctoral researchers in New Zealand.

Marie Curie Outgoing International Fellowship (European Researchers)

In the Framework Programme 7, the European Union funds postdoctoral research outside the EU for 1-2 years followed by a mandatory return phase of the scholarship for 1 year. More information is available from CORDIS.

Feodor Lynen Research Fellowships (German Researchers)

The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation awards Feodor Lynen Research Fellowships to highly qualified German scholars holding doctorates for periods of one to four years. Sponsorship from Humboldt fellows (P. Schwerdtfeger, J. Brand) and for host contributions to the fellowship allowance is available. CTCP has already hosted a number of Feodor Lynen Research Fellows. Applications are considered three times a year. See also www.humboldt-foundation.de. Other scholarships for German nationals and long-term residents are administered by the DAAD and the DFG.

For further information please contact J.Brand@massey.ac.nz.

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