Director, Liggins Institute

Date published: Feb 27, 2023, 15:40 PM


Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand


Waipapa Taumata Rau University of Auckland is Aotearoa New Zealand’s pre-eminent higher education institution and a comprehensive, research-intensive university. This is reflected in our global ranking of 87 in the 2023 QS World University Rankings and our position as the only university ranked in the top ten of both THE University Impact Rankings and QS Sustainability Rankings for 2023.

The Liggins Institute is one of the world’s leading research centres dedicated to improving lifelong health through excellent research into the determinants of a healthy life: before conception and at every stage of the lifespan. Established in 2001, the Institute has a multidisciplinary, predominantly research-active staff of 130 and revenue of $26 million per annum, with a track record of hosting national research collaborations.

The Institute hosts three university research platforms: the Human Health Research Platform, Ngapouri Research Farm and the Analytical Laboratory Platform, and is a partner in the University’s Mass Spectrometry Platform. The Grafton Clinical Genomics Facility is hosted by the Liggins Institute Laboratory. Postgraduate training programmes are based on multi-disciplinary approaches, supervised by investigators who have international reputations in a wide range of fields.

Further information is available in the candidate booklet.

Essential qualifications

Candidates will convey their vision, energy and ambition for the continued success of the Liggins Institute and the contribution it makes to enabling a healthy start for a healthy life.

We encourage applications from those with demonstrated eminence in their own international research careers who are motivated to provide leadership for our world class research institute, whilst actively contributing through their own research and postgraduate supervision.

The Director will bring an interpersonal and leadership style that will inspire confidence and credibility with colleagues, funders, collaborators and philanthropists.


Applications must be submitted via the University website

For a confidential discussion and Candidate Booklet, please contact Clare Litten, University of Auckland, at or Dr Kathrin Soehnel, University of Auckland, at 

Applications close

Apr 9, 2023, 22:59 PM
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