Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research

Professor Jim Metson BSc/PhD (Well.), FNZIC, MAIME, MRSNZ

Professor Jim Metson

Key responsibilities

Professor Jim Metson is Deputy-Vice Chancellor (Research). This is a full time position, with responsibility for:

  • assisting and advising the Vice-Chancellor and University Council on research policy and strategy, research management and performance
  • developing relationships with the University’s research funders and collaborators
  • promoting the research profile of the University locally and internationally
  • the operation of the University’s Research Office

Brief curriculum vitae

Professor Metson is a physical chemist with research interests in materials science and particularly the science of surfaces. He received his PhD from Victoria University of Wellington before moving to the University of Western Ontario Canada initially as a post-doctoral fellow, then joining Surface Science Western. He returned to New Zealand in 1985 to the Department of Chemistry at the University of Auckland. He was a founding member of the MacDiarmid Institute for Materials Science and Nanotechnology and has worked extensively with international industry, particularly in aluminium reduction technology, gas dry-scrubbing, and alumina refining. He is a recognised international authority on industrial aluminas.

He has served in a range of national and international roles, most recently as the Chief Science Advisor to New Zealand’s Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment. Previously he was the chair of the MoRST Research Infrastructure Advisory Group and NZ Government representative on the Australian National Science Advisory Committee that oversaw the development of the Australian Synchrotron. At the University of Auckland he was co-founder of the Research Centre for Surface and Materials Science and of the Light Metals Research Centre where he is currently an Associate Director.  

Contact details

Professor Jim Metson
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research)
The University of Auckland
Private Bag 92019
Auckland Mail Centre
Auckland 1142
New Zealand.

Phone: +64 9 373 7599 ext 85872