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Science Team Leader - Plant & Endophyte Technologies (New Zealand based)

Palmerston North (NZ)
NZD $118,458 - $135,380
Closing date
Sep 9, 2022

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Life Sciences, Biology, Microbiology
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The role and opportunity 

This is a great opportunity to join our Plant and Endophyte Technologies Team as a Science Team Leader.

At AgResearch, our purpose is to use science to enhance the value, productivity, and profitability of New Zealand’s pastoral, agri-food, and agri-technology sector value chains to contribute to economic growth and beneficial environmental and social outcomes for New Zealand.  We are committed to the knowledge system of mātauranga Māori on equal footing with Western science and existing structures, that have helped support positive change in farming practices and food production in Aotearoa.

Location: Grasslands Campus, Palmerston North, New Zealand

Expected salary:  NZD$118,458 - $135,380

Minimum guaranteed hours: 40 hours per week

What you will be doing

The Science Team Leader will lead the scientific team, ensuring it has the current and future capability requirements (both personnel and science-based infrastructure and equipment) aligned to the Science Plan and ensuring a vital science-driven innovation pipeline and culture of innovation excellence. 

Working closely with People & Culture – they will champion career progression opportunities, distinctive scientific expertise retention and growth, staff allocation/deployment, and a culture of creativity, accountability, and responsibility.

This position is a permanent role and you will dedicate 0.5 FTE to team leadership functions and 0.5 FTE to your own science.

Your ideal background

A PhD in Microbiology or Plant Science is preferred

Proven experience in the leadership/supervision of individuals/groups in science, including setting and reviewing progress against objectives, mentoring of individuals and assistance in career development

Skills in programme leadership and evidence of innovation in science and technology

Ability to work with senior leaders

Proven track record in a relevant science area (preferably including experience in plant-microbe interactions with an emphasis on fungal endophytes and/or plant molecular biology)

We encourage applications from candidates with an understanding of or a willingness to develop their capability in Te Tiriti o Waitangi, tikanga Māori, and/or te reo Māori.

Our Benefits

AgResearch provide a diverse range of benefits including extensive flexible working options that help employees balance their own lifestyle and needs with their work commitments. You can view the full list here: 

How to apply

If you are interested in applying, please click ‘Apply Now’ or visit

Be sure to include a Cover Letter and CV in your application. In your 1-page (maximum) Cover Letter, please outline the following:

  • Your motivation in applying
  • Why you feel you are a good fit for the role
  • What specific experience and skills you will bring to the role
  • Any other elements you would like us to consider in your application

For further information regarding your application please contact Linda Johnson, Science Group Manager, Resilient Agriculture on +00 64 21378189.

Applications close: 29 August 2022

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