41326 Research Associate/Technician – Postharvest – Plant & Food Research

  • Company:
    Science New Zealand
  • Location:
  • Salary:
    negotiable / month
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  • Posted:
    4 days ago
  • Category:

Mt Albert Research Centre

About us

Plant & Food Research (‘PFR’) is a vibrant organisation conducting research that adds value to New Zealand’s horticulture and seafood industries. Our approximately 1,000 employees, spread across 14 New Zealand locations, are proud of the way our science and commercialisation supports the production of top quality, sustainably-produced foods and high-value products that earn a premium in international markets and benefit human wellbeing.

What you will be doing

In this role, you will provide technical support in applied and fundamental research projects undertaken by the Postharvest Science Team. A substantial focus of this role will be to support research aiming to understand postharvest responses of fruits and vegetables, improve fruit quality and access to international markets. You will be assisting with project planning, experimental establishment and management, data collection, data management and data analysis. You will also be assisting in the preparation of client reports.

What you will need

To be successful in this role, you will have a post graduate qualification in horticulture, plant science, or an undergraduate tertiary qualification with practical experience in the NZ fruit or vegetable industries. Your proven commitment to accuracy, effective project and time management skills will be essential, together with your excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work with scientists from a variety of disciplines. Your excellent verbal and written communication skills will ensure that you can effectively contribute to the preparation and writing of research reports. A full clean New Zeland Driver’s licence is essential and a HT and/or forklift licence, together with a current GrowSafe Certificate, or similar, would be advantageous. Flexibility to work outside normal working hours if necessary will be needed.

What you will get

The opportunity to work within a friendy, team based environment that encourages and supports work-life balance, and to contribute to exciting projects with an organisation who has an excellent reputation for its science and for being a great place to work!

At PFR, we encourage and support career development, and offer excellent employee benefits including generous leave provisions and employer contribution to superannuation, and subsidised health insurance.