Senior Scientist - Microbial Biotechnology

Palmerston North (Territorial authority), Manawatu-Wanganui (NZ)
Expected salary: $95,000 - $135,000
Closing date
Oct 1, 2022

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

The role and opportunity 

This is an opportunity not to be missed!

We have established the non-GMO Accelerated Microbial Evolution Technology for Fermented Foods through a 5-year government grant (MBIE Endeavour Programme) and are positioning AgResearch as a genuine science leader in the food fermentation area.

As a result we are seeking a Senior Scientist who has specialised microbial biotechnology expertise to lead AgResearch to the next phase in a future-focussed Fermentation Science and Technology Platform and to develop new biotechnology solutions and pipeline projects.

Location: Palmerston North, New Zealand

Expected salary: $95,000 - $135,000

Minimum guaranteed hours: 40 hours per week

What you will be doing

Extend our work on modulation of key functional traits of microbes and develop new biotechnologies to deliver essential know-how to the emerging field of ‘precision fermentation’.

Provide thought leadership and guidance for strategic transformations in   fermentation science and technology for our sector.  

Actively identify new R&D opportunities in microbial biotechnology and fermentation science for NZ and international stakeholders (e.g. government and commercial clients).

Initiate, lead and contribute to successful funding proposals that attract significant revenue and offer solutions to existing and new customers.

Inform strategy and business planning by anticipating and responding to trends in fermentation science and related fields..

Contribute to and/or lead research that provides solutions to complex and unique problems and results in generation of new patents, products and practices.

Your ideal background

PhD degree in microbial biotechnology, preferably with aspects of fermentation in food and ingredient applications.

A minimum of five years as a practising scientist in a directly related field of science.

Good project management skills and experience working with industry would be an added advantage.

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 on the APPLY link, which will allow you to upload a Cover Letter and CV. 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 Mike Weeks on note applications set to this email address will not be accepted.

Applications close: 1 October 2022

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