Technician/Senior Technician

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  • Category: Scientists/ Technicians
  • Location: Wellington – Upper Hutt
  • Date Advertised: 12-JAN-21
  • Job Reference: MPI21/1505461
  • Job Title: Technician/Senior Technician
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Kōrero mō te tūranga – About the Role

The Mycoplasma bovis directorate has been running since July 2017, and we are working on a world class piece of work.  The environment is dynamic with continual change, you’ll really need to enjoy working at pace, and have a high attention to detail to enjoy working with these passionate folk.

Working in the Animal Health Laboratory you will be expected to operate in a PC2 or PC3+ laboratory where you will conduct routine diagnostic tests that include PCR and ELISA.  You will enjoy working with a high performing team.  You will be a team player, someone who likes to contribute individually and collectively.

This role reports to the Team Manager M.bovis Diagnostics.


Mōu – About You

To be successful in this role you will have a BSc or equivalent qualification and be able to demonstrate proven expertise in the following areas:

  • Experience working in a diagnostic laboratory
  • Technical knowledge of laboratory and diagnostic methods
  • Diagnostic experience in real-time and conventional PCR assays and ELISA assays
  • Good aseptic techniques
  • Ability to follow and adhere to Standard Operating Procedures (SOP)
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Good and timely record keeping
  • Excellent communication skills

It is also desirable that you have sound knowledge and expertise working in quality assurance systems and can demonstrate initiative, technical aptitude and sound judgement.

We’re looking for someone who has the ability to follow procedures used in a PC3+ containment laboratory, is computer literate, able to operate under pressure and can self-manage their own workload.


Mō te Manatū Ahu Matua – About MPI

MPI is responsible for ‘Growing and Protecting New Zealand’. It’s no mean feat and we have a team of hard working and dedicated people in a variety of roles supporting us to make this happen! MPI provides a range of services to ensure New Zealand is protected from biological risk and that the food New Zealand businesses produce is safe for us to consume. MPI’s services ensure that New Zealand’s natural resources are sustainable while enabling the primary sector to innovate and grow the value of its exports.

In July 2017, the bacterial infection Mycoplasma Bovis was found in cattle in the Oamaru area of the South Island. With the support of farmers, industry bodies and local communities, MPI is working hard to locate the disease, contain it and eradicate it from New Zealand. We have setup a directorate specifically to focus on the eradication of M.bovis.



This role is broad banded across H and G which is between $50k and $67k depending on skills and experience.


Me pēhea te tuku tono – How to Apply

To view the position description and/or apply for the role please click “APPLY FOR THIS JOB” 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.

The closing date Tuesday 27th January 2021

If you have any questions about the role, please email


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.