Animal Reproductive Science PhD - AgResearch
Science New Zealand
Dunedin, New Zealand
3d ago

The Organisation

AgResearch is a leading Crown Research Institute charged with delivering science and innovation to benefit New Zealand agriculture and its wider economy.

Our internationally recognised scientists are dedicated to this mission and we collaborate with world leading science organisations and universities to achieve exceptional science delivery.

We are proud to be a unique organisation that is driving prosperity by transforming agriculture to better equip our future generations.

The Department of Anatomy is a large research-oriented Department within the Division of Health Sciences, at the University of Otago.

The Department provides an environment that allows its students to undertake research into globally relevant questions, under the supervision of internationally recognized scientists, and in a diverse and vibrant postgraduate environment.

The Role

We are looking for an enthusiastic PhD student for a project in animal reproductive sciences. The focus of this project is to identify factors and pathways leading to poor oocyte quality, using juvenile ewes as our model system.

Approaches to study this question include in vitro embryo production techniques and advanced molecular biology methodologies such as transcriptomics.


  • Designing and executing research plans
  • Selecting and adapting appropriate methods
  • Analyses of experimental results
  • Presentation of research findings
  • Writing of manuscripts and Thesis
  • About you

  • BSc (honours) or MSc in Animal / Biological Sciences or similar area
  • Team player
  • Experience in in vitro embryo production
  • Preferred experience

  • Basic skills with handling sheep or a willingness to learn these skills
  • Basic laboratory skills, particularly in molecular biology
  • Fluency in English
  • Benefits

  • Fully funded PhD Scholarship
  • Gain experience in in vitro embryo production and next generation sequencing
  • Exposure to both University and Crown Research Institute environments
  • Part of a larger dynamic team providing opportunities to gain additional expertise
  • How to apply

    If this sounds like you, click on the "apply" button today with a covering letter detailing why you feel you would be suitable for this position.

    For a confidential discussion contact Jenny Juengel, Principal Scientist - Reproduction on 029 277 6444

    Applications close : Friday 1st February 2019, 5pm.

    Start date flexible from July-December 2019.

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