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Senior Technician

Ministry for Primary Industries
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Science and Environment
Wellington - Upper Hutt
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Operational Research Project

12-month fixed-term contract


Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is responsible for ‘Growing and Protecting New Zealand'. It's no mean feat and we have a team of hard working and dedicated people in a variety of roles supporting us to make this happen! Our overall ambition is for New Zealand to be the most trusted source of high value natural products in the world. Join us to help this ambition become a reality.


We have an exciting new position within the Bacteriology & Aquatic Animal Disease Team at the Animal Health Laboratory based in Wallaceville. You will be responsible for developing and implementing diagnostic molecular tests for Rickettsia-Like Organisms (RLOs) of wild New Zealand Shellfish.


What will you be doing?

This role is responsible for the technical delivery of this project, which will include such tasks as DNA extraction, PCR primer design, PCR validation, and the implementation of new laboratory test procedures. You will also be expected to undertake field sample collections and the drafting of manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed scientific journals.


What you will need to bring?

You will need to have at Bachelor of Biological Sciences or a degree from a related field, be competent in performing molecular diagnostic tests and have excellent written and oral communication skills.  Experience working within an ISO17025 accredited laboratory is desirable. Demonstrated self-motivation, planning and the focus on performing tasks to a high standard while meeting project deadlines will be required.


If this role interests you and you feel you have what it takes to be part of our ongoing priority of growing and protecting our country – then please submit your application online with your cover letter and CV outlining your skills and experience relevant to this role and why this role interests you!


Please note, given this position is safety sensitive the preferred applicant/s for the position will be required to undergo a drug and alcohol pre-employment screening test. Further information on this process can be found on our careers site under the application process, on pre-employment checks page.


If you have any questions please contact Carly Birse – Senior Recruitment Advisor at



Applications close 5pm at 22nd June 2018

The Ministry for Primary Industries is a diverse and inclusive workplace where everyone's differences are valued and respected. We welcome enquires from everyone and value diversity in the workplace and we are willing to consider flexible working arrangements. MPI is an employer of choice. 

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