Neurogenic hypertension – Auckland, NZ

Title: Neurogenic hypertension: mechanisms, consequences and novel targeting.

Location: University of Auckland, Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, Department of Physiology.

Employment status: 2 years, ~$80-85k per annum. Provision to maintain a fractional clinical contract in accordance with UoA regulations (e.g., 0.2 FTE). Start late-2019 / early-2020 (can be discussed).

Synopsis: A/Prof. James Fisher and Prof. Julian Paton are seeking a clinical fellow to join their cardiovascular research team.

This translational project seeks to better understand why the sympathetic nervous system can become dysregulated in human hypertension and how this might be resolved as current medications remain ineffective at resolving this activity.

Our pre-clinical work in hypertensive animal models indicates that the carotid body chemoreceptors develop tonicity and heightened reflex sensitivity due to excessive ATP bioavailability acting via purinergic (P2) receptors, which drive sympathetic outflows and vaso/veno-constriction.

This project seeks to test these ideas with complimentary studies undertaken in humans. Studies will employ an integrative approach involving the measurement of sympathetic nerve activity (microneurography), blood flow (Doppler ultrasound) and blood pressure (NIBP, intra-arterial) in human volunteer participants, both under resting conditions and in response to the activation of sensory pathways including chemoreceptors (e.g., inhaled gas manipulations, pharmacological approaches).

With our industrial collaborators, we plan to perform a first-in-human study testing a re-purposed drug that selectively interrupts sensory afferent signaling as a novel approach to ameliorate sympathetic activity and hypertension.

Applicants should have an interest in registering for a PhD/MD.

More information: Please contact A/Prof James Fisher at Links for further information can also be found here and here.

Cardiac Sonographer – Taupo, NZ

Position Title: Cardiac Sonographer

Employment Status: Full-Time

Location: Taupo, New Zealand

Position Summary

The Lakes region is the ideal place to live for families and professional couples that have a passion for the outdoors. Mountain Biking and hiking in the forests, swimming and water sports on the lakes and relaxing in the thermal pools. Less than an hour from the beach and snow, it’s an ideal central NZ adventure playground.

If any of the above sounds like you, then think about joining our small but dynamic team!

The Clinical Physiology service at Lakes DHB provides a diagnostic service for patients requiring Cardiology, Respiratory and Neurological investigation. Tests performed include ECG, ambulatory blood pressure, exercise stress testing, echocardiography, cardiac monitoring (Holter and Event), lung function tests, EEG, Pacemaker and ICD follow up. We are a small, passionate and fun team with close, supportive, working relationships with our SMOs.

Our Echocardiography service includes adult and paediatric TTE, adult TOE, and stress echo and operate within Rotorua Hospital. In addition to this, the Taupo community have been fund raising via the THHS Heart Scanner Appeal, and are very close to reaching the target to enable us to purchase a ‘new high end’ Echocardiography ultrasound unit for Taupo Hospital.

So we would love you to come and join us to support this new service!

Applications are invited from senior Cardiac Sonographers with experience in signing off reports. The applicant must hold DMU or QUT post grad dip Cardiac Ultrasound and be registered with the MRTB. The applicant must be willing and able to drive to Taupo for scanning lists.

We look forward to your application if you are passionate about patient care; have excellent attention to detail, and great communication skills.

 Apply online via our website

Cardiac Sonographer/ Cardiac Physiologist – Hawke’s Bay, NZ

Job title: Cardiac Sonographer or Cardiac Physiologist (Echocardiography)

Job location: Hawke’s Bay Hospital – Hastings, New Zealand

Job status: Permanent Full-time

The Cardiac Services at Hawke’s Bay DHB provide a variety of invasive and non-invasive cardiac procedures to the local population of more than 165,000 Hawke’s Bay residents, both urban and rural. Our department is well equipped and performs over 3,000 scans per annum, including 4D Echocardiography.

If successful, you’ll see yourself performing and reporting on transthoracic cardiac ultrasound examinations and assisting with transoesophageal and other echo supported procedures. You’ll serve both the inpatient and outpatient areas, acute needs in ED, ICU and theatre, and assist in other diagnostic areas when required. We also currently provide satellite echo clinics in Wairoa, one of our rural communities.

To be successful in this role you will have the following:

  • At least two years experience
  • Be registered as a sonographer with the New Zealand Medical Radiation Technologist Board (MRTB) with a current practicing certificate; OR
  • Have an appropriate qualification for cardiac sonography acceptable for registration as a sonographer with the New Zealand MRTB; OR
  • Be a qualified Cardiac Physiologist who is currently registered, with the Clinical Physiologists Registration Board NZ (CPRB) with a cardiac scope in Echocardiology
  • Paediatric and Congenital echocardiography experience would be an asset!

We encourage a workforce that is innovative, eager to acquire knowledge and enhance skills, and is compassionate in caring for our community. As part of our team we’ll support, encourage and help you to develop your career with us. Our salaries are very competitive!

We are proud of our team’s diversity. We believe in the strength of a diverse and inclusive workforce to help us achieve the best outcomes for our patients and the communities in which we operate and serve.

With a vibrant, multicultural society complimented by many options for good food and coffee, shopping, arts and sporting events, Hawke’s Bay provides an excellent opportunity for a lifestyle that will support your career. Please follow this link to find out more

Please view the position profiles for more information or contact Chris Carrington on +64 6 8788109 ext. 4727 to discuss your next role with the Hawke’s Bay DHB!

To make an application and view the position profile, please click here.

Cardiologist – Auckland, NZ

Position Title: Cardiologist – Cardiovascular Services

Location: Auckland City Hospital, NZ

The Position

The Auckland District Health Board invites suitably qualified candidates to apply for the position of full-time interventional and general cardiologist in the Green Lane Cardiovascular Service.

This position will be based at Auckland City Hospital (inpatient services) and the Green Lane Clinical Centre (outpatient services). Advanced training in coronary intervention is essential, and sub-specialty training and experience within interventional cardiology desirable. The role will include taking part in the regional on-call interventional cardiology service based at Auckland City Hospital, in which all interventional cardiologists in the region participate. The successful applicant will replace a retiring consultant in a team of 5 interventional cardiologists at ADHB, 13 in the region. The role will include provision of inpatient general cardiology care, and a weekly outpatient clinic.

The interventional service provides approximately 2500 catheter coronary angiograms per annum, and 1100 coronary interventions, of which 420 are acute interventions for STEMI. TAVR cases are approx. 130 per annum at present and are increasing steadily in number.

Auckland City Hospital is the largest in New Zealand and is based in the heart of Auckland City which has been voted the 3rd best city in the world. New Zealand offers a lifestyle suitable for all. Auckland’s packed calendar of festivals and events, our vibrant Māori and Pacific culture, and impressive line-up of major sporting events will certainly keep you entertained all year round!

Click here for the full Position Description

Join us to make a positive difference! Please click on the link below to make an online application or visit our careers website using job reference number AUC06465 and attach your latest CV and cover letter.

For more information on this opportunity to join our team, please contact Dr Chris Occleshaw, Clinical Director, Cardiology Dept., at

For help with your online application, please contact Yvonne Reyes, Recruitment Consultant at
Applications Close: 11 October 2019