Work with us

The Malaghan Institute is New Zealand’s world-leading independent biomedical research and training facility, home to the best and brightest research scientists, postgraduate students and support staff.

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Why work at the Malaghan Institute?


Work to improve human health

The Institute’s cutting-edge research and clinical trials, including CAR T-cell therapy and our human hookworm study are advancing understanding of the immune system to improve human health across cancer, asthma and allergy, infectious diseases and gut health.

Work on the cusp of a revolution

Recent breakthrough treatments in cancer have demonstrated beyond doubt the power of immunotherapy. The ability to switch immune system on and off through natural means will take us to unexplored territory that has the potential to transform and personalise the treatment of disease.

Work with great leaders

The Malaghan Institute is led by a team of nationally and internationally renowned scientists who are innovative researchers and teachers. Professor Graham Le Gros is the Director of the Malaghan Institute.

Work alongside passionate people

More than 100 scientists, students and support staff, from all over the world, work together at the Malaghan Institute. While immunology is the focus of our research, we also employ clinicians, chemists, physiologists, molecular biologists, biochemists, data analysts and flow cytometry staff. Our support staff include finance, HR, development, IT and administration teams.

Work towards your Master's or PhD

Postgraduate students who study with us are sought after internationally, and have gone on to work at leading research institutes including the Trudeau Institute and National Institutes of Health in the United States, the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland and the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Australia. We have a long-standing affiliation with New Zealand universities and are considered one of the leading organisations for a PhD in Immunology. While studying here, students are supported to attend international conferences and visit collaborators laboratories overseas to keep abreast of the latest developments in their research field.

Work in world-class facilities

The Malaghan Institute is internationally renowned for its state-of-the-art facilities supporting the latest in cutting-edge immunological research. We are located in Wellington, New Zealand, based at Victoria University of Wellington's Kelburn campus.

Work for an equal opportunity, accredited employer

The Malaghan Institute is an equal opportunity employer, and values diversity. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, colour, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, or disability status. We are committed to Vision Mātauranga, and support Māori health advancement in partnership with Te Urungi Māori, the Institute’s Māori advisory group.

We are an accredited employer with Immigration New Zealand and can assist in the completion of visa applications.

Work in Wellington, New Zealand

New Zealand’s capital is a vibrant harbourside city offering a great quality of life. See Immigration New Zealand’s guide to living and working in New Zealand and WellingtonNZ’s Life in Wellington guide for more information about moving to, living and working in Wellington.