Chiasma Inc is a registered New Zealand charity and member-based non-profit volunteer organisation that creates links between academia and the wider science and technology industries. Launched 16 years ago at the University of Auckland, it has since branched into Dunedin and Wellington and soon in Manawatū. Each regional centre is run by a local student-led committee with a National committee coordinating and supporting the regions, under the guidance of an Alumni Advisory Board.

Chiasma’s mission is to inspire and engage our tertiary students to develop successful careers in science and technology. Our organisation serves this mission by empowering tertiary students with the necessary skills, networks and mindset. In turn, these innovative, well-connected and commercially aware graduates will contribute to the growth of New Zealand’s knowledge-based economy.

Chiasma is looking for young, passionate individuals to join its National team. The core responsibility of the team is to ensure Chiasma’s sustainability through supporting each regional team and to achieve the long-term strategic vision of the organisation. You will gain leadership skills, get connected to the industry and help shape the next generation of young STEM leaders.

Please see below the roles available in the National team. For more information or to volunteer in other capacities, please contact Chair of the Alumni Advisory Board:

Please note an ideal candidate for all National roles will have:

  • Proven ability to work proactively and using own initiatives.
  • Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communications skills
  • Experiences or a good understanding of working with student-led teams.

Please submit your application here: before the 10th of January 2021; However applications will be assessed as they are submitted so early application is recommended.

Chiasma National Team 2021 Opening:
Partnership Manager

Encourages existing and establishes new, external partnerships for Chiasma both nationally and internationally.


  • Maintains CRM covering Chiasma’s key STEM connections
  • Maintain formal partnerships with key organisations nationally and internationally, such as MESA, iGEM, GBR, and seek new organisations to build partnerships.
  • Assist regional centres in establishing new partnerships and engage speakers and exhibitors for Synapse and other key events.
  • Work closely with the CEO to maintain Chiasma’s sponsorships and develop new funding proposals. 
  • Manages Internship Coordinator to seek new partnerships for internship programmes.
Internship Coordinator

Working with the Partnership Manager to secure key industry partnerships for internship programmes.


  • Market and secure companies interested in offering internships to students.
  • Liaise with companies in the formation of the research project
  • Market internships to students, via regional centre’s marketing channels.
Alumni Engagement Manager

Working under the guidance of COO to deliver alumni tracking and engagement activities.


  • Update and maintain the Chiasma Alumni database
  • Organise Chiasma alumni events
  • Capture alumni case stories and highlights.
Brands Manager

Ensure a clear and consistent Chiasma brand


  • Maintain the Chiasma branding guidelines.
  • Design marketing templates for regional centres that adhere to the branding guideline.
  • Design marketing collateral for national activities.
Contents Manager

Create and publish digital contents on Chiasma website, Youtube channels and other online channels.


  • Oversee Chiasma website contents and generate contents as required.
  • Coordinate the generation of new contents (such as video, audio, livestream, articles) to ensure regular publication to Chiasma digital channels and website/blog. 
  • Publish contents from regional centres, and ensure contribution from all centres.
Chief Financial Officer

Ensure Chiasma fulfils its financial and legal obligations.


  • Oversee financials of each centre, provides training, transfers funds and liaises with centre CFOs.
  • Administrator Chiasma’s bank accounts and charities registration.
  • Provides reimbursement for National expenses.
  • Prepares and file annual returns and GST returns with IRD and Charities Register.
  • Oversees sponsorship contracts to ensure they are fulfilled financially.
  • Manages the Performance Manager to report on key performance indicators.

Ideal candidates should have experience with Xero and book-keeping but full training will be provided.