Senior Scientist

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    Govt NZ Jobs
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  • Posted:
    5 months ago
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  • Category: Scientists/ Technicians
  • Location: Wellington – Upper Hutt
  • Date Advertised: 04-NOV-19
  • Job Reference: MPI19/1430049
  • Job Title: Senior Scientist
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Senior Scientist AHL Virology

Kōrero mō te tūranga – About the role

Do you want to work in an organisation that is “Growing and protecting New Zealand” and focused on the success of the primary industries for the benefit of all New Zealanders?

The Ministry for Primary Industries has an exciting opportunity for one full-time Senior Scientist position to join its Virology Team. MPI works with the primary industries across agricultural, aquaculture, fisheries, trade, food, biosecurity and environmental issues. The role offers variety and unique opportunities to develop your skills within a large and dynamic organisation.

The Animal Health Laboratory located at Wallaceville, Upper Hutt is New Zealand’s reference centre for exotic, new and emerging terrestrial and aquatic animal diseases and contains both PC2 and PC3+ laboratory facilities.  As a Senior Scientist within the Virology Team you will play a major role in diagnostic testing processes within our laboratory including employing classical virology and molecular testing techniques to support import/export testing, testing for exotic disease investigations and responses, capability development projects, surveillance, quality assurance and test validation. You will also contribute to the daily maintenance and running of the laboratory.


Ngā Pūkenga me ngā Wheako – Skills and Experience

Our ideal candidate will be a highly motivated individual with the following qualifications and experience:

  • PHD in Science, Virology, Microbiology or related fields
  • Experience in diagnostic microbiology or veterinary microbiology laboratories
  • Experience with Quality assurance system
  • Proven ability to manage complex day-to-day operations
  • Proven ability to be able to continually improve processes and systems
  • Proven project management, planning and organisational skills
  • A team player with proven experience in developing positive relationships with internal and external customer and stakeholders across a large, complex business environment
  • Proven ability to use initiative and perform in an often ambiguous environment
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills with a proven ability to adapt quickly to meet audience needs
  • Ability to participate in strategic planning
  • An interest in furthering their professional development


Ngā hua o te Mahi i te Manatū Ahu Matua: – Benefits of working at MPI

  • Up to three additional (MPI holidays) leave days
  • Career development and internal opportunities across the branch and organisation
  • Wellness benefit for employees
  • Comprehensive one-week MPI Induction Programme
  • Flexible working – we support work life balance and flexible work arrangements whenever possible

See the benefits of working at MPI

Salary range for this role is $75K to $110K depending on skills and experience.


Me pēhea te tuku tono – How to Apply

Applicants must be immediately available for interview within New Zealand and must hold a current New Zealand work permit or be a New Zealand citizen/resident. 

To apply please submit your updated CV and relevant cover letter highlighting your relevant skills and experience.

For further information please refer to the attached job description.  If you have queries regarding the recruitment process, please email

Applications close: Monday 25th November 2019








The Ministry for Primary Industries is committed to providing a working environment that embraces and values inclusion and diversity. Your unique talents and experience will help us deliver exceptional services to our communities in Aotearoa. In return you’ll enjoy an inclusive and flexible working environment in a diverse team of people while you’re growing your career here in NZ and internationally. We actively encourage applications from all backgrounds. If you have any support or access requirements, we encourage you to tell us when you apply so that we can assist you through the recruitment process.