Organic Chemist_natural products - Scion
Science New Zealand
Rotorua, New Zealand
18d ago
  • We are looking for two fundamental scientists who have a passion for scientific discovery
  • Take the opportunity to see your research go from the lab to real world application.
  • Work in a team environment to create the future in the circular bioeconomy.
  • Scion is a Crown Research Institute specialising in research, science and technology development for the forestry industry, wood products and wood-

    derived materials. We lead new technology development for renewables, bioproducts and energy and the establishment of a broader based bio-economy.

    We are looking for scientists who will join us to drive research in developing new functionalised chemicals, polymers, fibres and composites derived from bio-

    based materials and renewable resources . This is a full-time permanent positions within the "Biopolymers and Chemicals" and "Wood and Fibre" teams in Scion's Rotorua office.

    What are we looking for? Fundamental Research Scientists to apply their skills to our growing area of composites, materials, biorefinery and pulp and paper science.

    We want people who are results driven and self-motivated, with a willingness to spend hands-on time in the lab. You will have :

  • A PhD in organic chemistry or similar field - post-doctoral and / or industry experience is a bonus
  • Experience supporting and leading research projects to successful outcomes
  • Excellent communication and collaboration skills to assist in building positive and enduring relationships across Scion and with external customers to enable new product development project success
  • A strong publication record, and proven success in the writing and development of external funding applications
  • Strengths in experimental design and creation of work plans that can be safely implemented independently or with the help of others
  • Exceptional organisational skills and a proactive attitude to conducting work
  • Attention to detail and strong record keeping abilities
  • A reliable and strong sense of initiative with a proven ability to work in team and to work independently
  • We are home to creative science minds and have a vibrant culture ensuring employees can pursue innovation and excellence in their science delivery.

    With our head office based on the edge of Rotorua's world famous Whakarewarewa Forest, Scion also offers an enviable working environment with excellent work / life balance initiatives.

    Rotorua is one of New Zealand's leading tourist destinations owing to its outstanding natural environment and proximity to coastal beaches and inland lakes, native forests, geothermal areas and volcanic ski-fields.

    Scion is proud to offer :

  • A stimulating research environment aimed at replacing fossil-fuel derived products with environmentally friendly natural alternatives
  • An enviable work environment and a demonstrated commitment to Good Employer / EEO principles.
  • For a full position description and to apply online please visit

    Closing date : 27th May 2018

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