Technical Lead Pathogen Genomics – ESR

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    Science New Zealand
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    negotiable / month
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TECHNICAL LEAD – Pathogen Genomics

Permanent-Full time

Kenepuru Science Centre, Porirua

About ESR

ESR is a Crown Research Institute, working with and for clients and stakeholders in central and local government, industry organisations and the private sector to deliver enhanced scientific research services for the economic, environmental and social wellbeing of New Zealand. ESR has approximately 400 staff with sites in Auckland, Christchurch, Upper Hutt, and Porirua.


We have an exciting opportunity for a Technical lead – Pathogen genomics to join our successful and growing Genomics and Bioinformatics team in the Health and Environmental Science Group based in Kenepuru. The candidate will support ESR’s rapidly expanding genomics capability which is being applied to the environmental , public health, food safety, security and justice sectors .

You will be involved with the technical aspects of generating and analysing genomic data and work with whole genomes of infectious disease organisms, metagenomes and transcriptomes, derived using a combination of shotgun and long-read sequencing techniques. The work will focus on bringing value to multiple public sectors as well as (commercial) research projects through advanced and rigorous genomic analyses.

You will not perform your work in isolation, you will be an active collaborator and your colleagues will look to you for scientific and genomics expertise, guidance, support and up-skilling. In this rapidly expanding area you will take an active role in shaping and developing the future of genomics in ESR and public health microbial genomics across Aotearoa New Zealand. You will be part of the wider group of genomics researchers and bioinformaticians across ESR locations. As well as supporting other ESR staff with their projects and research, there will be the expectation to develop your own research projects and apply for grants.

The ideal candidate will have Post graduate qualifications (PhD) in microbial genetics, molecular biology, bioinformatics, genomics, or a related discipline, and several years of practical experience working in applied pathogen genomics, comparative genomics or sequencing.

In addition, the preferred applicant will ideally have most or all of the following capabilities:

  • Experience with microbial genomics and/or metagenomics
  • Experience in developing bioinformatics tools and genomics pipelines
  • Experience in working with large sequencing datasets
  • Statistics skills for analysing downstream data
  • Research track record including pathogen genomics
  • Skills in one or more of Python, R, Perl, Bash, as well as ample experience with Unix and High performance computing environments.
  • A pre-employment drug-screen and disclosure of criminal charges/convictions are conditions of employment for this position.

    Applications close 24 January 2021

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