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This exciting opportunity has been created for candidates considering a career in medical research, including the pursuit of doctoral studies.

The position offers up to 12-months’ paid work placement at HRI’s state-of-the-art laboratories in Sydney, Australia for an honours graduate as a Research Assistant. This fantastic program ensures you will receive training and full mentorship in groundbreaking cardiovascular disease research, as well as the opportunity to build your career profile towards a PhD.

In addition to the benefits of working at an internationally recognised medical research institute, the program pays approximately AUD$70,000 plus superannuation contributions for the first year. You may have the opportunity to extend your contract with HRI for longer. It also includes a paid return flight from New Zealand and two weeks of accommodation assistance upon initial arrival in Sydney.

You can kick off your experience with HRI at any point in the year, with access to a wide range of research projects in which to build your skills.


  • You must be a New Zealand citizen to qualify for this opportunity. You do not have to be currently living in New Zealand, but must be able to demonstrate citizenship.
  • You must have completed a minimum a four-year full-time honours degree, including your research placement, in a relevant field of study.

Next steps

If you are interested in pursuing a meaningful career at HRI, please complete the form below with your expression of interest and your academic transcript as a word document or PDF. We will contact you to discuss the opportunities further.

Attach your academic transcript as a PDF or Word document.