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Bioinformatician | Fixed Term 36 months

Ministry for Primary Industries
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Bioinformatician – Scientist/Senior Scientist

  • Fixed term full time position up to 36 months
  • Auckland based position

The Ministry for Primary Industries' Plant Health & Environment Laboratory (PHEL) in Auckland has a fixed-term vacancy (36 months) for a bioinformatician to work on a project to develop a bioinformatics toolkit for the detection of known viruses and the discovery of novel viruses from high-throughput sequencing data. The toolkit will be used to support the work of both the PHEL and the Animal Health Laboratory in Wallaceville.

In this role, you will be expected to develop an in-house automated bioinformatics toolkit for the screening of viruses in plant and animal samples of biosecurity importance. For the toolkit to be intuitive and user-friendly, you will be expected to develop a windows-based software with an easy-to-use graphical user interface to allow the laboratory diagnosticians to easily perform data analysis.

Our ideal candidate will be a highly motivated individual with the following qualifications and experience

  • PhD, or post graduate qualification with research experience, in biology, computer science or a related discipline;
  • Experience in developing software packages and/or bioinformatics tools;
  • Skills in one or more programming languages, e.g. Python, Perl, R, Java, C++;
  • Good knowledge of molecular biology and statistics;
  • Proven project management skills;
  • Proven planning and organisational skills;
  • Outcome focused;
  • A team player with the ability to easily form relationships;
  • Leadership ability, initiative, and sound judgment with an ability to think outside of the square;
  • Excellent communication skills.


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 the MPI careers 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 email


Applications close on Friday 25th October 2019


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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