Pathology Field and Laboratory Technician - Scion

Updated: 2 months ago
Job Type: Permanent
Deadline: 29 Mar 2020

The Scion Forest Protection team is looking for a Laboratory and Field Technician to support on a variety of forest pathology research trials.

Key responsibilities:

  • Support laboratory research trials by preparing detailed experimental work plans.
  • Establishing, maintaining and assessing trials either in the field or lab.
  • Collecting and preparing field samples for laboratory analysis.
  • Provide workplans, methods and materials and data from research trials for analysis and inclusion in reports and manuscripts.
  • Developing and undertaking specific pathology projects under general guidance.
  • Field and laboratory data collection and entry.
  • Maintenance and management of field and lab equipment.
  • General pathology-related laboratory tasks including pathogen isolations and other activities to support experiments as required.
  • Fieldwork will include overnight stays and travel driving on forestry roads.
  • Working with pesticides or pesticide-treated material might be required at times and full training for safe handling will be provided.

An ideal candidate will bring:

  • Relevant tertiary qualification (BSc or MSc, in Pathology, Biology, Plant Science or similar) or at least 2 years practical research experience in related field.
  • A practical approach with a passion to work outdoors; physically fit with an excellent aptitude to carry out field or glasshouse work that is at times complex, time constrained or physically demanding (e.g. measuring/assessing trees, collecting foliage samples, etc.).
  • Ability to carry out key pathology laboratory tasks including pathogen isolation and sub-culturing as well as preliminary identification of isolates using excellent sterile and/or isolation techniques.
  • At a personal level you must be innovative, self-motivated, with excellent communication skills and willing to work both independently and as part of a team.

Scion specialises in research, science and technology development that applies to forest ecosystems and forest growing, wood products and wood-derived materials. We lead planted forest research, new technology development for renewables, bioproducts and energy and the establishment of a broader based bio-economy. Scion's Forest Protection team plays a key role as we strive to protect NZ's plantation and urban forests from the challenges of disease, insects and fire.  

We are proud to offer:

  • Opportunities for a fulfilling career and professional development
  • A forest with walking and mountain biking tracks on our doorstep
  • A strong commitment to meeting our obligations under the Treaty of Waitangi and achieving equity outcomes for all staff in a safe, inclusive and equitable environment

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