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Aquaculture Scientist (Genetics and Breeding)

Cawthron's aquaculture research is transforming the way New Zealand farms seafood. We're looking for enthusiastic scientists to join our team in Nelson, who are keen to be a part of our vision for a productive and sustainable seafood sector. We work closely with the aquaculture industry, applying a practical multidisciplinary approach to solve their problems. We lead research in a number of key areas including selective breeding, hatchery production, shellfish and finfish physiology, algae production and health and new species development.

We are seeking an experienced researcher with strong skills in quantitative genetics, and/or genomics and/or bioinformatics, with the desire and ability to integrate both modern and traditional breeding methods. Suitable candidates will be PhD qualified, preferably with more than three years research or industry experience. However, talented PhD graduates are also encouraged to apply. Experience in aquaculture related fields would be an advantage.

Successful candidates will be enthusiastic team players that demonstrate initiative. Remuneration will reflect skills and experience offered.

If you are passionate about delivering science that can support the New Zealand Aquaculture industry, and want to join our team please apply by 30 July via the Cawthron website

Real-time PCR Lab Technician

Analytica is one of New Zealand’s most dynamic commercial analytical testing laboratories.  Based in Hamilton at the Ruakura Research Centre campus, we service a range of clients across diverse market sectors including honey, dairy, environmental, and research.

Our Foods Division is seeking an experienced Laboratory Technician, familiar with molecular biology techniques such as DNA extraction and real-time PCR.

Analytica’s core values are centred around trust, engagement, innovation, and teamwork.  With modern testing equipment, and a fantastic group of people to work alongside, Analytica is a great place to work if you love being part of the business of science.

You will need to possess all the usual skills such as a relevant science degree and 2-3 years of lab experience, ideally in an internationally accredited commercial laboratory environment. You will be commercially focussed, highly organised with attention to detail, a strong interest in technical equipment and processes, excellent time management, customer service and great communication skills and teamwork.

We are looking for a person that we can trust to work efficiently and autonomously.  We expect that the chosen person will progress to more senior levels of technical responsibility in our routine testing operations in the next 2-3 years. They will be able to work well with other technicians, technologists, and other stakeholders.

The Laboratory Technician is required to follow ISO 17025 quality requirements, help manage consumables, operate equipment, prepare standards and reagents, and maintain the laboratory in a tidy and safe condition.

If you have the training and experience needed, and a set of work ethics and behaviours which fit with our team, this is a great role for you.  Being part of Analytica, you will enjoy a dynamic environment where you are encouraged to reach your full potential

For a copy of the Job Description visit

Research Fellow

Liggins Institute

The Liggins Institute is one of the world's leading centres for research on foetal and child health, nutrition, development, breast cancer, epigenetics and evolutionary medicine.

It strives to improve the health of our communities through excellence in the advancement of scientific discovery, developing and nurturing our staff, reduction of inequalities, and engagement with our communities.

The opportunity:

A Research Fellow position is available in the laboratory of Dr Justin M. O’Sullivan to perform computational studies into the association between 3-dimensional genome organisation and genome activation.

Understanding eukaryotic genome biology requires the integration of the linear DNA sequence, epigenetic modifications, and nuclear proteins that are present within the nucleus. The interactions between these layers of information may be captured in the emergent spatial genome organisation. As such genome organisation represents a key research area for decoding the role of genetic variation in development and disease. We integrate empirical cell biology, genomics, GWAS and computational biology in an attempt to further our understanding of genome biology. Projects will use Hi-C, RNA sequencing and metagenomes to interrogate the role of genome structure changes in response to environmental signals.

Who are we looking for?

  • You'll be highly-motivated with a Ph.D. and a strong background in genomics, bioinformatics or bio-statistics

  • Documented previous experience with analysis of high-throughput large-scale genetic, transcriptome or Hi-C datasets is essential

  • Programming skills in Perl, Python, or equivalent languages is a requisite; as is experience with R and Linux-based operating systems


Why us?

The University is committed to providing an excellent working environment through flexible employment practices and a culture that encourages and supports staff to reach their full potential. We offer a competitive salary, five weeks’ annual leave, and over 300 different career development courses.

In addition, the University offers a company superannuation scheme, discounted car parking, childcare and a number of other subsidies on internal and external services.

This is an exciting opportunity to get involved in an integral and cutting edge project, as part of the world-renowned Liggins Institute.

Apply online today!

Please include your CV, a short statement of research goals and contact information for three referees.

Applications close on Sunday, 16 July 2017.

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The University is committed to meeting its obligations under the Treaty of Waitangi and achieving equity outcomes for staff and students in a safe, inclusive and equitable environment. For further information on services for Maori, Pacific, women, LGBTI, equity groups, parenting support and flexible work go to

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer, Molecular Ecology


At Unitec we're passionate about the transformative power of education. Each year around 23,000 students look to change their lives through study at Unitec.


When it comes to teaching, we do things differently. Through a unique combination of world-class theory and hands-on experience, we help transform the lives of our students and we create better outcomes for them. 

You'll help students change their lives through study.

The purpose of your role

As our Lecturer in Molecular Ecology, you'll deliver high quality classroom, laboratory and field-based learning related to molecular ecology within our Environmental and Animal Sciences pathway.  You'll ensure better student outcomes by engaging and supporting students' in their learning and research.



Most importantly, we're on the lookout for a high performing professional, who thrives on building professional relationships with staff, students and industry stakeholders.   You enjoy staying on top of developments in your field and are interested in sharing your knowledge with others.

Your experience 

You have a high level of knowledge and expertise in molecular ecology/evolution, with a minimum of a post-graduate qualification, preferably at a Masters level and above. 

In exchange for all your hard work, you'll receive a competitive salary, tuition reimbursement, and coverage of any of your professional association fees.  This position is based in our beautiful green campus of Mt Albert, with free parking, as well as a molecular ecology laboratory, microbiology suite, greenhouse, invertebrate collection and herbarium.

Please refer to the attached position description for more details.  Although the application deadline is July 13, 2017, we don't always work towards fixed deadlines and may review applications as soon as we receive them.  We encourage you to apply early.

Join Unitec, help change lives.

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