Senior Scientist - Rumen Microbiology

Palmerston North (Territorial authority), Manawatu-Wanganui (NZ)
Minimum and maximum base salary: NZD $118,000 -$135,000
Closing date
Oct 1, 2022

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Life Sciences, Bioinformatics, Microbiology
Position Type
Full Time
Job Type
Senior Scientist
Organization Type
All Industry

The role and opportunity 

Our Rumen Microbiology Team is currently seeking a Senior Scientist responsible for delivery of high-quality science outcomes, across multiple areas of specialisation and relevant to pastoral industry priorities. The Senior Scientist will identify and convert opportunities into successful R&D proposals and outcomes.

Job Title: Senior Scientist

Location: Palmerston North, New Zealand

Minimum and maximum base salary: NZD $118,000 -$135,000

Hours work per week: 40

Days Required: Monday to Friday

Number of Positions: 1

Employment Type: Permanent – Full Time

What you will be doing

Participating in on-going research into the effects of direct fed microbials for mitigating ruminant methane emissions, the development of a methane vaccine, and/or the development of methane inhibitors.

Taking a key role in the development of pure culture methanogen and rumen in vitro screening assays, and animal trials testing microbial strain and/or inhibitor efficacy.

Contributing to the design and execution of new rumen microbiology research projects to discover new methane-reducing technologies applicable on farm in NZ.

Delivering and leading high-quality science in Rumen Microbiology across collaborative projects both locally and internationally

Identifying new opportunities for delivering R&D solutions of importance to the NZ agricultural sector, which have direct commercial application and/or are of high strategic importance in advancing scientific knowledge and theory.

Your ideal background

  • PhD degree in Microbiology or Microbial Bioinformatics
  • Strong knowledge of anaerobic microbiology
  • Skills in carrying out and analysing genomic, metagenomic and metatranscriptomic analyses of gut microbial systems

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.

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

This role will suit a passionate, talented and collaborative person who is motivated to drive their career forward within this vital New Zealand organisation. If this sounds like you, include a cover letter detailing why you feel you would be suitable for this position and send via the APPLY button 

For further information contact Adrian Molenaar on please not applications sent to this email will not be accepted.

To view the full position description for this role, please click ‘Apply’.

Applications close: 1 October 2022

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