Senior Technician (Mycology & Bacteriology)

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    5 months ago
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  • Category: Scientists/ Technicians
  • Location: Auckland City
  • Date Advertised: 04-FEB-21
  • Job Reference: MPI21/1500954
  • Job Title: Senior Technician (Mycology & Bacteriology)
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Ma tau rourou, ma taku rourou, ka ora te iwi (with your contribution and my contribution the people will prosper)

 Mō te Manatū Ahu Matua – (About MPI)

Our biosecurity system is based on how we manage risks offshore, at the border and within New Zealand. New Zealand’s environment, our economy and trade and our way of life are underpinned by a strong biosecurity system. Our actions have been very successful in protecting New Zealand from incursions of almost all pests and diseases that could cause significant harm. We can be proud of what we achieve every day. However, the threats we face are growing in scale and complexity – changing risk pathways, climate change and pressure from established pests. Biosecurity New Zealand needs to make some changes to ensure the system is fit for the future and we can continue to support strong trade and economic growth in an increasingly uncertain world.

We want to be in a position where we can continue to strengthen the biosecurity system over the coming decade. We need to be set up well to become more influential and outward-facing and have excellent business systems and processes in place to support us and the farmers, growers and communities we work for. We have a vacancy for a Senior Technician in the Mycology & Bacteriology team.

The Ministry for Primary Industries’ Plant Health and Environment Laboratory in Auckland is looking for a dynamic Senior Technician to join the Mycology & Bacteriology team for a 2-year fixed-term period.


Mō tō mātou rōpū (About our team):

The Plant Health & Environment Laboratory (PHEL) is part of MPI’s Diagnostic and Surveillance Services Directorate of the Operations Branch. PHEL is the national reference centre for the identification of all suspected exotic, new and emerging pests and diseases of plants, and arthropod pests affecting the environment. PHEL also provide diagnostic services to primary industries to facilitate trade.

We have specialised facilities including containment laboratories, a Level 3 quarantine glasshouse and tissue culture facility, equipment for molecular and serological procedures, microscopy stations (including a transition electron microscope and remote microscopy set-up), and reference collections of pests.

Te whainga poto o tēnei tūranga (What is the purpose of this position?):

You will provide laboratory maintenance, diagnostic processing, routine diagnoses, field investigations, and data management services in their relevant discipline for exotic and emerging pests and diseases affecting plants and/or the terrestrial environment in surveillance, investigation, border/post-border identification and post entry quarantine programmes.

All work in the laboratory is done under the international quality management standard ISO 17025.

Our Mycology & Bacteriology team is dedicated, diverse and highly supportive that operates in a busy and varied environment to deliver our core work programme supporting New Zealand’s biosecurity system and our stakeholders.


Ngā Pūkenga me ngā Wheako(Skills & Experience):

Ideally, the successful candidates will be able to demonstrate relevant experience in a similar role.

You will also need to be able to demonstrate:

•             Practical experience of working within a plant pathology laboratory;

•             Proven skills in molecular techniques such as nucleic acid extraction methods and PCR; and

•             Recognition and working knowledge of common plant diseases is desired.


Our ideal candidate will be a team player with good communication skills, attention to detail, initiative and will strive to achieve excellent results.

Key to your success will be your excellent communication (both written and verbal) and relationship skills. 

If this sounds like you and you have the motivation and desire to be successful within a dynamic team, we would encourage you to submit an application. 

Ahurea – (Culture):

We are committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive culture. We are fair in our behaviour and our policies promote equal opportunity for all. We provide numerous training programmes and opportunities for people to continuously improve their skill sets and keep up to date with global best practices. MPI has a focus on career pathways so this is the first step in your career with us and we will help you grow.


To find out more about the Ministry and what we do please click here


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


Tonu mai inaianei (Apply now):

To view the position description and/or apply for the role (submitting a cover letter and current curriculum vitae), please click “APPLY NOW” or visit the MPI Careers Site. For tracking and reporting purposes, all applications must be submitted through our online careers portal.

To apply for this role you must hold the right to work in New Zealand or be eligible to obtain it – click here to find out more about work visa eligibility and options.

In order to be considered for this role, applicants must be available to interview within New Zealand.

The successful applicant must be able to obtain the relevant security clearance Please visit for more information.

For information please refer to the position description on the MPI careers website or email 


Applications close 18 February 2021


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.