Research Assistant in Behavioural Neuroscience (4483) Kelburn, Wellington Central, New Zealand

  • Do you have laboratory experience in the field of neuroscience/behavioural pharmacology?
  • Are you able to work as part of a team of students and researchers?
  • Do you have experience in data collection, analysis and interpretation?


 Te Herenga Waka - About Our University 

Te Herenga Waka - Victoria University of Wellington is a global-civic university with our marae at our heart. This iho draws off our heritage and is further defined by our tūrangawaewae, in particular Wellington, Aotearoa, and the Asia-Pacific, all of which are expressed in our position as Aotearoa New Zealand's globally ranked capital city university. 

Our core ethical values are respect, responsibility, fairness, integrity, and empathy. These core ethical values are demonstrated in our commitment to sustainability, wellbeing, inclusivity, equity, diversity, collegiality, and openness. With, and as, tangata whenua, we value Te Tiriti o Waitangi, rangatiratanga, manaakitanga, kaitiakitanga, whai mātauranga, whanaungatanga, and akoranga. 


Kōrero mō te tūranga - About the role 

Te Herenga Waka - Victoria University of Wellington is currently recruiting a Research Assistant in the area of behavioural neuroscience and psychopharmacology. The successful applicant will be based in the School of Psychology and will work with Professor Juan J. Canales and an interdisciplinary team of researchers on the neural basis of drug addiction using experimental models of the disorder. The School of Psychology at Victoria University of Wellington is a premiere centre for research and education in New Zealand and is ranked in the top 100 psychology schools worldwide. 


Ō pūmanawa - About you 

Candidates should hold a First Class Hons degree in Psychology, Neuroscience or Biology, or a good Master’s degree in one of these disciplines. They should possess excellent English skills (both written and oral) and skills in scientific data analysis. Previous laboratory experience in the field of behavioural neuroscience or behavioural pharmacology, and relevant techniques, is essential. 

Key requirements: 

  • Relevant qualifications 
  • Relevant experience in the field of neuroscience/behavioural pharmacology.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Relevant experience in data collection, analysis and interpretation.
  • Ability to work as part of a team of students and researchers.


Ētahi kōrero hai āwhina i a koe - Why you should join our team 

Our team has wide-ranging expertise in behavioural neuroscience, psychopharmacology and analysis of behavioural processes and you will join a thriving community of researchers interested in behaviour, mental processes and health, both within the School of Psychology and across Victoria University of Wellington. Many of our staff are international leaders in their field of research and our research is supported by specialised, state-of-the-art facilities. 

Role Description

Close Date for Vacancy:29 June 2022 

Contact Details for Vacancy:For further information about this role please contact Professor Juan J. Canales (+64 4-886 5713, email:

Applicants should follow all steps listed below. 


Important - Application Steps and information

For applicants who are not NZ Citizens or Permanent Residents, we recommend you check the NZ Immigration website for updates related to Covid19 restrictions on entry to New Zealand:

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