Portfolio Leader – Bioproducts and Packaging – Scion

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    Science New Zealand
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    negotiable / month
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  • Posted:
    23 hours ago
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Rotorua based on the edge of the Whakarewarewa ForestOpportunity to contribute to changing the future of New ZealandScion specialises in forest health, protection and biosecurity research, science and technology development for the forestry industry, wood products and wood-derived materials and plant-derived chemicals for modern day items, i.e. plant-based plastics.We are home to creative minds, and we have a vibrant culture ensuring employees can pursue innovation and excellence in their research delivery through science and Mātauranga. Scion’s new 2030 strategy – Transitioning New Zealand to a Circular Bioeconomy – focuses on providing New Zealand with methods for understanding the non-monetary benefits derived from our landscapes and forests and increasing forest wellbeing, and hence the health of the people; increasing value from forests grown for market, and developing a new primary industry of bio-fuels and bio-plastics.The ‘Bioproducts and Packaging’ portfolio sits within Scion’s ‘Forests to Biobased Products’ Impact Area and is key to Scion’s vision and aspirations around replacing petrochemicals and non-sustainable materials with products from trees and other biomaterials. This portfolio works with and enables New Zealand designers, companies and consumers to create, manufacture and utilise bioproducts and packaging for a sustainable future. This approach integrates the design and growing of specific feedstock (e.g. trees) with the manufacture of advanced biomaterials into a variety of industries and sectors. Impact will be achieved through a myriad of industrial value chains – ultimately creating sustainable jobs and unlocking future investments.This portfolio targets impact in several critical areas such as:Onshore manufacture of bioproducts and biopolymers with specific focus on novel performance polymersEnabling designers, brand owners and manufacturers to meet sustainability commitments for packaging – including the development of reusable, recyclable or compostable packaging solutionsConversion of atmospheric carbon to bioproducts – e.g. harnessing nature’s ability to utilise methane or CO2 to produce biomass/bioproductsThe successful candidate will ensure that Scion is able to drive sustainability and circularity across all value chains and place bioproducts and packaging as a powerful jobs and economic stimulus accelerator in the circular bioeconomy.Reporting to the GM Impact Area for Forests to Biobased Products this role is vital to ensuring Scion achieves its strategic objectives and the successful candidate will be a leader of ambitious and innovative teams with a focus on collaboration and delivery of impact. The successful candidate must have an experienced science background and ideally have experience in biotechnology, packaging, fibre and plastics, bio-based plastics, compostable or biobased performance materials.Scion is proud to offer:A new working model that recognises the value of multiple knowledge sources to solve the complex issues that New Zealand faces due to climate shifts and changes in global travel and export/import trends.Inspiring research environment working to develop solutions to that will help to restore and protect New Zealand’s indigenous landscapes and forests and develop forest-based solutions to improve forest wellbeing, water and air quality, and mitigate the effects of climate change.Cutting-edge research to increase the value of wood-derived products, including increasing value from plantation forestry and developing new high-value timber products.A stimulating research environment aimed at replacing oil derived products with environmentally friendly natural alternatives