Senior Scientist – STRmix x 2 – ESR

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    Science New Zealand
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Senior Scientist – STRmix™

Full time


Institute of Environmental Science and Research Ltd (ESR)

About ESR

ESR is a New Zealand Crown Research Institute that specialises in science relating to people and communities. It’s our science that helps safeguard people’s health, protect food-based economies, improve the safety of freshwater and groundwater resources and contributes expert forensic science to justice systems. Our world class knowledge, research and laboratory services help our partners and clients solve complex problems and protect people in New Zealand and around the world.

About STRmix

The STRmix team creates world leading, award winning software that allows forensic biologists to analyse, interpret and investigate DNA profiles more efficiently and effectively. Our mission is to empower the forensic community through science and innovation. We do this through leading edge scientific research, high quality software development and comprehensive training and support delivery. Our flagship software, STRmix™, has been developed by ESR in partnership with Forensic Science SA (FSSA). Adding FaSTR™ DNA and DBLR™ to STRmix™, we provide an end to end analysis and interpretation solution.

About the role

The successful applicant will join the STRmix team, contributing to a wide variety of scientific and commercial activities supporting STRmix™ and related software. These include the provision of scientific support to assist user validation and implementation, the delivery of user training and contribution to product development. 

Key Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provision of scientific support to customers including:Assistance with internal validation of Software for customersAssistance with the preparation of customer reports detailing Software parameters and validationResolution of customer issues (using Software).
  • Preparation of training materials (traditional and online) for, and delivery of STRmix™ and other related software training workshops to customers (virtual or onsite, USA/UK/Europe, ROW) as required.
  • Contribution to STRmix™ and related software product development, developmental validation and user materials.
  • Representation on exhibition booths at conferences and trade shows (onsite or virtual) as required.
  • Representation of STRmix™ as an expert witness (USA/UK/Europe/ROW) or technical / admin review, as required.
  • Educational requirements

  • The position holder will have a BA or BSc, its equivalent or higher with papers in Molecular Biology, Biochemistry and/or Genetics to the required auditable standard (candidate transcripts will be assessed)
  • University course work or training in statistics and/or population genetics.
  • Key Technical Competencies and Experience Required:

  • Extensive experience with:STRmix™ and DNA analysis software useForensic DNA profile analysis
  • Proven ability to teach complex concepts to audiences of varying abilities
  • Demonstrated and comprehensive:Data analysis skills , MS Excel, R etcOral presentation skills
  • Comprehensive understanding of:Probabilistic genotyping softwareLikelihood ratiosForensic validation and accreditation requirements
  • Willingness to travel extensively for work (US, UK, Europe and rest of world (ROW) as required). 
  • What you’ll get in return  

    You will get to work with a passionate team, who take pride in the quality of their work and have the opportunity to contribute to public health responses across New Zealand. You will also get to be part of a very unique institution that supports the wellbeing of the community and wider New Zealand. 

    ESR promotes active work/life policies including family-friendly initiatives and flexible hours. You’ll receive ongoing personal development, free car parking as well as access to a Southern Cross group membership scheme.

    To Apply 

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    Please note the successful applicant will be required to complete a pre-employment drug-screen, disclosure of criminal charges/convictions, proof of academic qualifications/papers, and the provision of a staff elimination DNA sample and participation in ESRs immunisation programme are conditions of employment for this position