University of Otago.Department of Physiology.Department of Physiology.

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An overview of Physiology at the University of Otago.


13th November, 2017

Otago study could mean hope for infertile couples

Crucial new information about how the brain controls fertility has been unlocked by University of Otago researchers, with their findings just published in prestigious journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America.

13th November, 2017

Phenomenal success for Physiology researchers in latest Marsden funding round

Four 3-year project grants were awarded to Department of Physiology researchers in this year’s Marsden Fund - totalling over $3.8M.

25th October, 2017

Charlotte Steel, BSc (Hons) NEUR student in the Department has gained a Cambridge Rutherford Memorial PhD Scholarship

Our congratulations to Charlotte who is currently completing a BSc (Hons) degree in Neuroscience in the Department of Physiology with supervisor Assoc Prof Phil Sheard.

8th September, 2017

PhD student wins two awards at Queenstown Research Week

Congratulations to Mauro Silva, PhD student in the Department of Physiology. Mauro is supervised by Dr Rebecca Campbell.

8th September, 2017

Triennial Medal awarded to Professor Colin Brown

Congratulations to Colin who as been chosen by the Physiological Society of NZ (PSNZ) to be the recipient of the NZ Triennial Medal.

PhD Programme.


Postdoctoral Fellow in Neuroscience [1702308]

The Role

A Postdoctoral Fellowship position is available to undertake brain slice electrophysiological and calcium imaging studies of hypothalamic CRH neurons.

Experiments will involve patch-clamp electrophysiological recordings and GCaMP6 imaging. Studies aim to elucidate the sex differences in CRH neuron ion channels and excitability patterns. This work is supported by a grant awarded to Dr. Karl Iremonger by the Royal Society Marsden Fund. More information on research from the Iremonger lab can be found here:

Work will be undertaken within the University of Otago Centre for Neuroendocrinology

Your Skills and Experience

The ideal candidate will have substantial expertise in brain slice electrophysiology. Prior experience with calcium imaging and optical manipulations of neural function would be an advantage.

Further Details

The position is fixed-term for three years and available from March 2018.

Specific enquiries should be directed to Dr. Karl Iremonger, Centre for Neuroendocrinology and Department of Physiology, contact details Email:; Tel: +64 3 479 7300

Applications will close on 12th January, 2018.

Further information and application details.

Lecturer in Physiology- [1702221]

We invite applications from early career scientists for a confirmation-path (tenure track) lecturer position.

In this role, you will join our large, research-focused Department, which is ranked in the top 25 Physiology Departments in the world (2017 QS World Rankings).

The Role

You will be an active and productive researcher, with a publication track record that ensures you are already competitive for early career or full grants from major New Zealand funding agencies.

After appointment, you will lead your own research programme relevant to the physiological mechanisms that underpin healthy function and/or disease states. You will continue to:

While independent research leadership is required, the Department has a strong culture of adding value through collaborative research, both within and outside the Department. We therefore welcome research directions and expertise that have the potential to not only enhance but also complement and extend existing programmes.

You will also be skilled and enthusiastic in passing on your physiological knowledge to a range of audiences, with clear aptitude for teaching through lectures and practical classes to our science, medicine and allied health profession students, at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Your Skills and Experience

We are targeting early career researchers, who would be appointed on the Lecturer scale. Applications from candidates who would be eligible for early career research grant awards from the New Zealand Marsden Fund and Health Research Council (i.e., within six years post PhD) are encouraged. Level of appointment within the Lecturer scales depends on years’ post-PhD, the level of research reputation and output, and level of experience in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching.

Further Details

Enquiries may be directed to the Head of Department, Department of Physiology, via the contact details below.

Additional Information

Contact: Head of Department Tel: +64 3 479 7317

Applications will close on 31st January, 2018.

Further information and application details.

I really see no harm which can come of giving our children a little knowledge of physiology.

Thomas Henry Huxley - Science and Culture (1882), 92