Senior Materials Engineer - Scion

Updated: 3 months ago
Job Type: Permanent
Deadline: 21 Mar 2023

Senior Materials Engineer

Fixed Term - 12 months - 40 hours per week 

Located in Rotorua 

  • We have an exciting opportunity for a Senior Scientist within our dynamic Materials, Engineering and Manufacturing Research Group
  • Provide science and technological leadership in the areas of bioproducts, biopolymers, bioadhesives, packaging and biorefineries

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.

What are we looking for?

A creative and experienced Senior Scientist to provide science and technological leadership in the areas of bioproducts, biopolymers, bioadhesives, packaging and biorefineries to advance Scion's strategic objectives. You will be passionate about driving innovative approaches to research and development, and for sharing your technical expertise, guidance, coaching and mentoring to enable project deliverables.

You will have: 

  • PhD qualification in polymer chemistry or organic chemistry.
  • Minimum of 20+ years' research and development experience.
  • Strong scientific publication and citation record
  • Experience in research and development of bio-based chemicals, fibres, polymers and materials.
  • Experience in contributing to strategy development and implementation with a record of high impact outcomes and results.
  • A passion for scientific discovery and translating research findings into real world impact.
  • Recognised technical expert by science community and industry in specialist area with a growing global reputation and a breadth of science knowledge, experience and expertise
  • Demonstrated high level of creativity and productivity in applying fundamental knowledge to solving applied problems.

Scion is home to creative science minds, and we 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 oil derived products with environmentally friendly natural alternatives
  • Cutting-edge research developing new functionalised chemicals, polymers, fibres and composites derived from bio-based materials and renewable resources
  • 40 hours per week plus flexible working options
  • Salary range $80,000 - $95,000 depending on experience + benefits
  • 4 weeks paid annual leave + 3 paid company days
  • Continuous professional development and opportunities for progression
  • An enviable work environment and a demonstrated commitment to Good Employer/ EEO principles.
  • For more information about benefits of work at Scion of work at Scion

Closing Date:  21 March 2023 

For further information and to apply online, please refer to our website: .  

If you are interested in applying for this position, please ensure you submit your application as soon as possible, due to the urgency to make an appointment to this role, interviews may be undertaken throughout the application period.

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