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Senior Adviser - Science Innovation

Ministry for Primary Industries
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Science and Environment
Wellington City
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We have an exciting new opportunity in the Biosecurity Science, Food Science & Risk Assessment Directorate for a permanent Senior Adviser, Science Innovation.


This position will provide expert scientific advice on creative and innovative opportunities that contribute to MPI's role in biosecurity and food safety protection, promoting economic growth and ensuring the sustainability of our natural resources. A key component of the role is providing scientific advice to all aspects of the Biosecurity, Food Safety and Animal Welfare operational research programmes. These programmes provide essential input to MPIs regulatory systems.


This Role will provide you with the opportunity to provide expert input to the design of operational research projects and lead the negotiation and management of science programmes. As part of science prioritisation, design and delivery, you will maintain a proactive and dynamic interface with relevant business groups within MPI as well as external stakeholders.


You will need to bring an innovative but systematic approach to our operational research programmes and the external partnerships we need to put in place to deliver outcomes that are of high utility and are delivered on time.


We are looking for an individual with expert biologically-based scientific skills and statistical capability that are transferable across biosecurity and food safety disciplines.  The Role requires someone with good analytical skills that can communicate key science messages to a variety of audiences.  The Role also requires someone who can co-ordinate and manage multiple projects and ensure contracted work delivers implementable outcomes for MPI.


Bring your degree in agriculture, food or other relevant biological science, as well as experience in biosecurity, food safety or laboratory diagnostics to our fast moving busy environment where no two days are the same. 


You will have a passion for high science standards, strategic thinking and providing leading-edge advice. We envisage candidates will have:


  • Previous experience managing research outputs
  • Excellent track record in the design and development of science based projects that produce robust and validated outcomes
  • Ability to provide scientific solutions to address key knowledge gaps
  • Ability to interrogate and understand scientific data and communicate limitations
  • Strong understanding of the process involved in the validation of scientific outcomes suitable for Government requirements
  • Capacity to quickly identify and clearly express core elements of an issue
  • Previous experience in establishing and effectively maintaining collaborative relationships with stakeholders.


This is a fantastic opportunity to work with a dynamic group of scientists and engage with key end users across the Ministry.


To view the position description and/or apply for the role (submitting a cover letter and current curriculum vitae), please click “APPLY NOW” in order to be directed to our website.  For tracking and reporting purposes, all applications must be submitted through our online careers portal. 


If you have any questions about the role, you may contact Nick Goddard for a confidential discussion at


In order to be considered for this role, applicants must hold the right to work in New Zealand or be eligible to obtain it.


Applications for this role close on Tuesday 27 February 2018

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