Plant Pathology Researcher/Plant Pathogen Containment Facility Manager/ Capability Leader

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Manaaki Whenua - Landcare Research
New Zealand
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Friday, January 10, 2020 - 17:00

We are looking for an enthusiastic plant pathologist who is able to assist with weed biocontrol projects and who hasgreat management and leadership skills.

About the opportunity

This is an opportunity to join a team acknowledged to be world leaders in the development of biological control solutions for invasive weeds. This role is responsible for conducting research to develop plant pathogens as biocontrol agents to control weeds in natural and productive sector ecosystems, both in New Zealand and overseas. There is also an opportunity to contribute to other plant pathogen-based research such as diseases affecting native plants, including biocontrol options for these. This role will also be responsible for managing a plant pathogen containment facility, where work on potential biocontrol agents is conducted, and for fostering development and managing the wellbeing of a biocontrol/plant pathology capability group.

This position is open term, full time, reports to the Science Team Leader, Biocontrol & Molecular Ecology and is based at our Auckland site.

About you

You will be a PhD qualified researcher in the field of plant pathology with molecular skills, and ideally will have worked on biocontrol projects before. Previous experience of managing a specialist facility or laboratory is an advantage. You will be a motivated champion of excellent science, with strong people skills.

Why Manaaki Whenua

Our land, our future - this is the essence of why Manaaki Whenua - Landcare Research exists. At Manaaki Whenua we undertake research that focuses on preserving New Zealand's rich biodiversity, improving biosecurity, and protecting the health of the land, fresh water and soil resources we need for a prosperous future. We recognise the importance of partnerships, the special role of Māori, and the need to ensure that all New Zealanders have the knowledge, understanding, and tools to truly live in harmony with our precious environment. We are recognised nationally and internationally for the quality of our research, and work with a wide range of organisations within New Zealand and globally.

What we offer

As an employee of Manaaki Whenua - Landcare Research, you will work with passionate and talented people in a caring and family friendly environment; enjoy good staff benefits and the opportunity for personal growth and career development.

How to apply

Enquiries about the position may be directed to Lynley Hayes, For further details about Manaaki Whenua-Landcare Research, watch this short clip: Manaaki Whenua and visit our website:

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Applications close on Friday 10th January 2020 at 5pm NZT