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

Physiology TV

An overview of Physiology at the University of Otago.


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.

28th August, 2017

Dr Andrew Bahn awarded Arthritis NZ Project Grant

Congratulations to Dr Bahn who has been awarded a $60K grant for his project “Identification of oxypurinol transporters to decipher drug-drug interactions in gout treatment”.

25th August, 2017

Congratulations to Lorna Daniels, PhD

Lorna Daniels’ PhD thesis has made the Health Sciences Divisional List of Exceptional Doctoral theses.

14th August, 2017

Professor Colin Brown recognised by the British Society for Neuroendocrinology (BSN)

Prof Brown has been awarded the 2017 Mortyn Jones Memorial Medal, which is awarded annually by the BSN.

Next Event

30th October, 2017

Dr Alexander Tups (Department of Physiology)

PhD Programme.


Teaching Fellow (Science) [1701980]

Opportunities are available for three full-time, permanent (academic year only) and one fixed-term first semester Science Teaching Fellows.

The appointment commences on 5 February 2018 and is for the period of the academic year (i.e. work finishes on 30 November 2018) or first semester (i.e. work finishes on 22 June 2018. Annual leave is expected to be taken during the non teaching periods, these include the two mid-semester breaks, between semester one and two and, depending on marking commitments, during the final four weeks.

Science Teaching Fellows team-teach laboratory classes to:
• First and second semester Human Body Systems (HUBS) papers of the Health Sciences First Year programme (including some evening laboratories).
• First semester health-related physiology paper delivered to Dental, Medical Laboratory Science, Human Nutrition, Bachelor of Health Science and Physiotherapy students.
• 200-level papers for BSc and BBiomedSc students.

First semester
• PHSL 231 Neurophysiology.
• 300-level physiology laboratories to science and medical students (if required).
• Other teaching, if required.

Second semester
• PHSL 232 Cardiovascular and Respiratory Physiology.
• PHSL 233 Cellular, Gastrointestinal and Renal Physiology.
• 300-level physiology laboratories to science and medical students (if required)
• Other teaching, if required.

The appointees will also attend fortnightly training sessions for each type of teaching allocation, assist with marking of assessments using model answer schedules, and will assist in revising teaching materials and invigilating evening progress tests.

Further Details

Applicants should have a (preferably postgraduate) science degree or equivalent which should include papers preferably up to at least 300-level in physiology and up to at least 200-level in anatomy. They should be comfortable with computer analysis and willing to learn any programs required for teaching. Experience using physiological recording software is a bonus but not necessary.

You must have a commitment to facilitate student learning by promoting active learning and should also have excellent communication skills and be able to interact well with both students and staff.

Specific enquiries may be directed to Associate Professor Fiona McDonald, Department of Physiology (ph: 03 479 7329, email:


To submit your application please click the apply button below. Applications quoting reference number 1701980 will close on Friday, 10 November 2017.

Please indicate your preference for the permanent (academic year only) or fixed term (first semester only) role in your cover letter.

Applications will close on 10th November, 2017.

Further information and application details.

Physiology is the stepchild of medicine. That is why Cinderella often turns out the queen.

Martin H. Fischer