Senior Technician - Genomics - ESR

Updated: about 1 month ago
Job Type: Permanent
Deadline: 18 May 2022

Mō mātou| About Us

ESR is keeping people safe and healthy through science, we help improve the safety of, and contribute to, the economic, environmental and social wellbeing of people and communities in New Zealand.

We harness the ingenuity of our people, innovative science, and technology and relationships to solve problems to strengthen New Zealand's health, safety and wellbeing. We also create innovative products and services for communities around the globe.

ESR is a Crown Research Institute with 450+ staff with sites across New Zealand.

Mō te tūnga | The role

We have an exciting opportunity for a Senior Technician to join our successful and growing Health & Environment Science Group based in Porirua. The candidate will support ESR's microbial genomics capabilities that underpin infectious diseases research and public health. This is a 12-month fixed-term opportunity. 

In this role you will:

  • take an active role in shaping and developing the future of sequencing in ESR, as part of a wider group of sequencing technicians and genomics experts across ESR's sites.
  • not perform your work in isolation, you will be an active collaborator and your colleagues will provide support and up-skilling.
  • perform research work as well as support surveillance work and other ESR staff with their projects.

Mōu| About you

To be successful in this role you will have a mix of the following:

  • extensive laboratory experience in molecular biology with a MSc graduate qualification in molecular biology, microbiology, virology or a related discipline, and preferably has practical experience working with next-generation sequencing technologies.
  • Experience with molecular techniques (extraction, PCR, qPCR, RT-PCR)
  • Experience with lab automation/robotics
  • Preferentially have familiarity or experience with downstream genomics and/or metagenomics workflows
  • Experience in working in a PC2 laboratory

Ngā painga | The benefits

  • $53k - $70k+, depending on relevant skills and experience
  • Work with experts in genomics and bioinformatics, happy to share their expertise and grow yours.
  • Varied and interesting work with a chance to meaningfully contribute to the health of New Zealanders.
  • An exciting and diverse environment.
  • You'll receive ongoing personal development and access to a Southern Cross group membership scheme.
  • You will be working with a dedicated and passionate team of people who take pride in the quality of their work.

Me pēhea te tuku tono| How to apply

If you have any questions about the role, ESR or our recruitment process, please get in touch with nick.walshe@esr.cri.nz. Click apply now to complete your application. Applications close on 18th May 2022.

ESR is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to providing a working environment that embraces and values diversity and inclusion. Your unique talents and experience will help us deliver exceptional services to New Zealand. We look forward to your application.

Please note the successful applicant will be required to complete a pre-employment drug-screen and police records check as conditions of employment.


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