NZ Ministry for Primary Industries
Wellington - Upper Hutt, Wellington, NZ
1d ago

Technician Kōrero mō te tūranga - About the RoleAn exciting new position has recently been created for a Technician at the Animal Health Laboratory (AHL) based at Wallaceville Upper Hutt, New Zealand.

The position will be based within the immunology team and, primarily, will be focused on building diagnostic throughput using automated platforms - this will enhance our preparedness for managing large scale exotic disease responses.

You will also be expected to support diagnostics and specimen reception, also within the immunology team, on an as needed basis following appropriate training.

The ideal candidate will be one who :

  • Has an understanding of how a diagnostic laboratory operates.
  • Has some experience with ELISA and PCR.
  • Has a critical eye to look for process improvement.
  • is a great communicator.
  • sees problems as opportunities.
  • is a self-starter and finisher. Mōu - About YouThe technician role will require a broad set of skills to succeed :
  • As the high through put capability develops in the lab you will be expected to speak in front of groups and train others.
  • After training you will be expected to assist in the immunology diagnostics to help with workload when required.
  • Equally, after training you will be expected to work confidently in specimen reception where multi-tasking, flexibility, and an attention to detail are key.
  • You will be compliant at following detailed procedures within the facility. you will be expected to identify and rectify issues as they arise, amending processes accordingly.
  • You will be expected to accept and look for new challenges both in the short and longer term you will therefore be a good starter / finisher.
  • You will be educated to BSc level in a biological discipline.If this sounds like the role you want and one where you strongly believe you would be a successful at, then we want to hear from you.
  • In your application tell us why this role excites you, why you will be of benefit to AHL and back that up with evidence of your strengths and abilities.

  • Mō tō mātou rōpū - About the TeamAHL is part of the Diagnostic and Surveillance Services Directorate, within Biosecurity New Zealand (BNZ);
  • and BNZ is part of the Ministry for Primary Industries.The AHL has recently moved into its all-new purpose-built laboratory with state-of-the-art facilities.

    The laboratory operates at PC2 and PC3+ containment levels (the highest there is nationally). The AHL is internationally accredited to ISO / IEC 17025 : 2018, which requires fully auditable processes to be maintained.

    Our purpose is to grow and protect New Zealand. During exotic disease responses we are required to deliver results promptly and accurately to enable rapid eradication and return to disease freedom status as quickly as possible, thereby allowing the reopening of international trade.

  • More generally, our business as usual work deals with time-pressured diagnostics to certify livestock and other animals are free from disease and thereby maintain trade for export and import;
  • and we perform important surveillance work to demonstrate maintained national disease freedom status. We maintain a portfolio of capability for over 400 diagnostic tests.

    The Immunology team works alongside the Virology and Bacteriology teams. Ngā hua o te Mahi i te Manatū Ahu Matua : - Benefits of working at MPI

  • Up to three additional (MPI holidays) leave days
  • Career development and internal opportunities across the branch and organisation
  • Wellness benefit for employees
  • Reduced premiums for Group Healthcare SchemesFree annual flu vaccination
  • Bi-annual MPI-paid eye test and contribution to the costs of corrective lenses / frames
  • Employee Assistance Programme (counselling support)The salary for this role is circa $50,980 to $68,973 per annum depending on skills, experience, and capabilities of the individual.
  • See the benefits of working at MPI Ngā Taki Whakahaumaru - Security checksLow level Security Clearance

  • most preferably a NZ citizen, who has resided continuously in NZ for at least the last five (5) years, OR
  • is a citizen of, and / or has resided continuously in one or more of the following countries for the last five (5) years : either Australia, Canada, NZ, the United Kingdom (UK) or the United States of America (USA);
  • and has a background history that is verifiable and can be assessed as appropriate by the NZ Security Intelligence Service (NZSIS) towards a recommendation of suitability for a security clearance at this level.

  • click here to find out more about the national security vetting process and access the eligibility self-check tool.If you do not meet these minimum criteria, we will not be able to accept your application.
  • To join a diverse and interesting organisation that offers a wide range of career opportunities click on our link below! Me pēhea te tuku tono - How to ApplyTo view the position description and / or apply for the role please click APPLY FOR THIS JOB or visit the MPI Careers Site.

    For tracking and reporting purposes, all applications must be submitted through our online careers portal.To apply for this role you must hold the right to work in New Zealand or be eligible to obtain it click here to find out more about work visa eligibility and options.

    The closing date is 11 : 59 pm on Tuesday, 26 October 2021.If you have any questions about the role, please email conrad.

    cheung The Ministry for Primary Industries is committed to providing a working environment that embraces and values inclusion and diversity.

    Your unique talents and experience will help us deliver exceptional services to our communities in Aotearoa. In return you'll enjoy an inclusive and flexible working environment in a diverse team of people while you're growing your career here in NZ and internationally.

    We actively encourage applications from all backgrounds. If you have any support or access requirements, we encourage you to tell us when you apply so that we can assist you through the recruitment process.

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