Motueka Research Centre
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 provide quality breeding research to add value to a breeding programme that is delivering world class fruit cultivars in partnership with Pacific Berries (USA). You will apply your technical leadership and mentoring of the berryfruit breeding team along with managing practical aspects of the programme including planning crosses, raising seed, management of seedling selection trials, fruit harvesting and evaluations. You will assist the Berryfruit Program Leader to develop budgets, set strategic directions and project plan according to research objectives. Working collaboratively with labs, nurseries and our international partners you will maintain existing germplasm collections, manage data and write reports for plant patent applications.
What you will need
To be successful in this role, you will have a postgraduate degree, preferably a PhD, that is Plant Breeding or Genetics related, or an an undergraduate science degree, combined with significant relevant practical experience in breeding horticultural or related berry crops. Your passion for fruit crop research that meets the needs of the modern producer and consumer combined with your practical and problem solving skills will be essential. Strong leadership and collaboration skills along with excellent communication will see you developing our local field team as well as collaborating with our international partners. Willingness to undertake physically demanding work in an organised and methodical way and the ability to travel internationally will be essential in the position.
What you will get
The opportunity to work within a friendly, team-based environment that encourages work-life balance, and contribute to exciting projects with an organisation that has an excellent reputation for its science and impact! Our Motueka site has undergone an amazing redevelopment (2021) that will provide exceptional office and lab facilities onsite.
We offer excellent employee benefits, including generous leave provisions and employer contribution to superannuation, and subsidised health insurance.