Molecular Biology Scientists
Fixed term positions for 1.5 years commencing in September
The Ministry for Primary Industries' Plant Health and Environment Laboratory in Auckland has opportunities for two full-
time scientists to work on two operational research projects.
We are seeking two highly motivated and creative molecular biologists with a PhD or master's degree in molecular biology, microbiology, microbial genomics, bioinformatics or related field to work within our multidisciplinary team of scientists to develop a robust and accurate method in detecting and identifying exotic insect pests using environmental DNA (eDNA) approach and to develop an effective method in identifying geographical origins of insect pests using restriction digest derived methods (e.
g., RADseq) via population genomic studies.
Key focus areas will include :
specific PCR / qPCR and restriction digest derived methods (e.g., RADseq) on insects
Our ideal candidates will be team players with excellent communication skills, have demonstrated proficiency in genomics, genotyping-
by-sequencing or haplotype studies in population genomics, and good laboratory practices. Preference will be given to applicants with broad molecular biology skills with some experience in bioinformatics data analysis.
Prior experience with molecular assay development (e.g. primer design, PCR / qPCR, species-specific qPCR assay, RADseq), analysis and interpretation of NGS large-
scale omics datasets are plus.
To view the position description and / or apply for the roles (submitting a cover letter and curriculum vitae), please visit MPI careers site.
For tracking and reporting purposes, all applications must be submitted through our online careers portal.
In order to be considered for this role, applicants must be available for interview within New Zealand or via Skype.
If you have any questions about the role, you may contact Carly Birse at carly.birse mpi.govt.nz for a confidential discussion.
Applications for this role close on 10 July 2018 (NZDT)
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