Nelson, New Zealand
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
This is an exciting opportunity to support seafood research and development projects in finfish open ocean aquaculture, wild fish capture and handling, along with finfish culture and husbandry. You will be working in a hands-on role leading system design and engineering with a focus on biological applications (i.e. aquaculture). This will include modelling, development, testing and production of novel prototypes and associated equipment in flume tanks and at sea. Taking responsibility for the execution of R&D projects, you will ensure timely delivery of high quality science and commercial outputs, develop funding proposals, report and present research findings and produce scientific publications.
What you will need
To be successful in this role, you will have a postgraduate degree, preferably a PhD, with relevant engineering experience in design and analysis of soft structures for biological applications. Relevant disciplines might include mechanical, mechatronic or structural engineering, engineering science, or agricultural or biological engineering. You will bring hands-on experience in system design and engineering ideally linked to mobile operations of novel fish enclosures, including containment, protection and the impact of environmental conditions (e.g weather). Modelling expertise, particularly for flow dynamics, and an understanding of prototype model testing will be benefical. With strong collaboration and communication skills, you will be a natural problem solver and work in an organised, methodical way including accurate record keeping practices. The ability to work in an open sea environment will be essential.
What you will get
The opportunity to work within a friendly, team-based environment at our award winning Nelson site with its own Fin Fish facility, where you will contribute to exciting projects with an organisation that has an excellent reputation for its science and impact!
We offer excellent employee benefits, including generous leave provisions and employer contribution to superannuation, and subsidised health insurance.