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MASSEY UNIVERSITY POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP

CONDITIONS GOVERNING THE AWARD OF THE MASSEY UNIVERSITY POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP FOR TENURE IN 2012 AND INSTRUCTIONS

FOR COMPLETING THE APPLICATION FORM (APPLICATIONS CLOSE 15 JULY 2011)

1. POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIPS

Massey University Postdoctoral Fellowships are awarded annually to researchers, who are eligible for the Performance Based Research Fund. The award provides funding for a fellowship for two years. The award of a Massey University Postdoctoral Fellowship represents recognition of an established research record.

Massey University Postdoctoral Fellows are considered a full member of staff during the tenure of that fellowship provided that the University funds them on a 50% or greater basis.

The award presents the opportunity to enhance a specific research programme and it is the responsibility of the project leader to ensure that the maximum benefit is obtained from the presence of the fellow. It is expected that, except for brief periods of absence (eg, for a conference), a project leader will remain at the University to supervise the fellow. This implies that it is expected that a project leader will not take a sustained period of sabbatical leave during the tenure of the fellow. The teaching load of the applicant will not influence the decision of the panel in any way.

In making an award, the University Research Committee will take account of the quality and productivity of previous research, the opportunity to bring new skills, perspectives or knowledge to existing research projects, and the resources already available to the project, as well as the usual criteria used in assessing research applications. The Committee’s decision is final. No appeals will be considered.

Applications for Massey University Postdoctoral Fellowships will close on 15 July 2011.

At the discretion of the interview panel, all candidates may be required to attend an interview to be held on 3, 4 and 5 August 2011. Interviews cannot be held outside these dates.

All applications must be submitted using the appropriate form (PDF 2011-1).

Seven copies are required. All applications must be typed. Untyped, incomplete or late applications will not be accepted.

2. INSTRUCTIONS FOR COMPLETION OF THE POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP APPLICATION FORM (FORM PDF 2011-1)

GENERAL: Applications must be completed on the form provided. The applicant is able to tab through the Application Form, completing the boxes progressively. The availability of space in each box indicates the maximum amount of information to be provided in that particular section. These parameters must not be exceeded.

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Upon completion of the Application form, the Applicant is to arrange for a hard copy to be signed by his/her Head of Department/Institute/School, and for this original, plus a further six copies (total seven (7) in all), to then be forwarded to the Administrator of the University Research Committee, C/- Research Management Services, Turitea Campus, PN 123.

It is the Applicant’s responsibility

Applications that do not conform to these requirements will be returned to the Applicant

to ensure that the Committee Administrator receives all seven hard copies of the Application by the closing deadline.

without being assessed.

Box 1: Complete this box as if it were a “return address”. “Name” should be that of the Project Leader/Applicant.

Box 2: Project title should be brief (maximum 30 characters) but informative.

Box 3: List participating staff (academic and technical) and postgraduate students, and the intended contribution of each person to the project.

Box 4: Justify the need for a Postdoctoral Fellow.

Box 5: Answer questions as indicated.

Box 6: List previous grants you have received from Massey University over the last three years (year, source, amount) and outputs from these grants (e.g. publications).

Box 7: Describe the research you wish to undertake or are undertaking.

Box 8: Provide a budget for the grant - i.e. the salary of the Postdoctoral Fellow and how much you are requesting for consumables for the project, up to a maximum of

$15,000.00.

Box 9: Head of Department/Institute/School to sign this declaration before copies of the completed form are made.

Please attach:

1. A brief curriculum vitae (1 to 2 pages).

2. Referee Reports: Applicants are to arrange for three referees - one of whom should be their Head of Department/Institute/School - to send referee reports in support of the application directly to the Administrator, University

Research Committee, c/- Research Management Services, Turitea Campus, PN 123, by 5.00 p.m. on the closing date, 15 July 2011.

PLEASE ENSURE THAT ALL REQUESTED ATTACHMENTS ARE COMPLETED AND ATTACHED TO THE APPLICATION

3. METHOD OF ADVERTISING POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIPS

Researchers who are awarded a Postdoctoral Fellowship will be required to submit a brief description of the project and a statement describing the department and the facilities available for the project that is suitable for media release.

Advertisements will normally be placed New Zealand

metropolitan newspapers, The Times Higher Education Supplement, The Australian, Campus Review and one other specialised journal appropriate for the field of the project.

Advertisements require the approval of the Assistant Vice-Chancellor (Research) before being submitted for publication.

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4. POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP – CONDITIONS OF APPOINTMENT 1. Applications will be accepted only from candidates who have been awarded

a PhD or equivalent degree or are sufficiently close to completion that they would be able to meet this requirement and take up a position within six months of an offer being made.

2. Applications for Massey University Postdoctoral Fellowships will not normally be accepted from candidates who have completed their doctoral degree at Massey University.

3. Before submitting an application, candidates should familiarise themselves with the General Conditions of Employment for Postdoctoral Fellows at Massey University.

4. Applications will not normally be accepted for a position from candidates who are doctoral graduates of more than three years standing at the specified closing date.

Project Leaders must refer to the ‘General Conditions of Appointment for Massey Postdoctoral Fellows at Massey University’ which is available from Research Management Services.

5. METHOD OF APPOINTMENT

Applications for advertised fellowships, together with referees' reports (which applicants are asked to submit directly to Human Resources by the closing date), will be reviewed by the Project Leader and his/her Head of Department in conjunction with the Assistant Vice-Chancellor (Research) who will then make a recommendation on appointment.

6. REPORTS

Project leaders will be required to ensure that the fellow prepares annual reports on research and progress, and to provide these, together with their own comments, through their Head of Department to the Assistant Vice-Chancellor (Research).

7. CONDITIONS UNDER WHICH AWARDS SHALL LAPSE

(a) The award of a Postdoctoral Fellowship to a staff member (the "Project Leader") shall lapse if a suitable appointee has not commenced duties at Massey University within 12 months of the award being notified to the Project Leader.

(b) The award of a Postdoctoral Fellowship to a particular applicant shall lapse if that person has not commenced duties at Massey University within six months of being offered the award. In the event of this occurring

the Project Leader may recommend that the award be offered to the second choice candidate, within the conditions of Clause 4 above.

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