Technical Laboratory and Applied Forest Ecology Assistant - Scion

Updated: about 1 month ago
Job Type: Permanent
Deadline: 29 Oct 2021 16:30; 29 Oct 2021 16:30

Technical Laboratory and Applied Forest Ecology Assistant

Full time - Permanent

Based in Christchurch

Scion specialises 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.

An exciting opportunity is now available for a Technical Laboratory and Applied Forest Ecology Assistant to join our Christchurch team. This great new role will perform a wide range of established applied research techniques that support the sustainable enhancement of New Zealand forests:

Key responsibilities:

  • You will contribute to the design and implementation of laboratory, glasshouse and field research that involves assessments of plant-soil-microbial interactions
  • Support the wider team with the development of novel analytical techniques, or the adaptation of existing analytical techniques
  • Data evaluation, analysis and preliminary reporting will be a key part of this role.

An ideal candidate will bring:

  • Relevant tertiary qualification (BSc or MSc, in Ecology, Microbiology, Pathology or Plant Science) or at least 2 years practical research experience in a 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 soil samples, etc.).
  • Experience in laboratory tasks including solution preparation and aseptic techniques is preferred.
  • Experience with culturing microorganisms, performing DNA extractions and environmental biogeochemistry sampling will be advantageous but is not essential.
  • At a personal level you must be innovative, self-motivated and willing to work both independently and as part of a team. You'll be an effective communicator with proven ability to work both independently and within a team.

This role is located in the Ecology and Environment group, which supports the sustainable management of healthy forests for multiple benefits, while identifying pathways to mitigate various ecological and environmental challenges such as climate change, biosecurity, and biodiversity loss.

We are proud to offer:

  • Opportunities for a fulfilling career and professional development
  • Close proximity to Hagley Park and numerous recreational opportunities
  • 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

Apply now or click on the position description to find out more.

Applications close: 29 October 2021

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