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Post Doc, Life Cycle Assessment


The role and opportunity

AgResearch is seeking a dedicated Post-Doctoral Scientist to join us on a full-time, fixed-term (2 years) basis. Based at our Lincoln Campus, near Christchurch in New Zealand, you will be the principal investigator in a project, which will be defined based on the candidate’s expertise and AgResearch’s priorities, and contribute as co-investigator to several small projects.  

This is an exciting opportunity for a seasoned researcher with Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) expertise interested in the environmental impact of pastoral-based food production systems and supply chains to join our innovative organisation.



The project

Your unique skill set will determine which of our projects you will spend most of your time on. Our projects relate primarily to LCAs of dairy, beef, and sheep systems and products, including assessing current practices, modeling future pathways for reducing environmental impacts, and method development. You will be involved in SSIF projects (aligned with the AgResearch Science Plan) and their goals to create impact and develop science in NZ. You will also work with the wider AgResearch teams on projects that may include circular bioeconomies, resource use efficiency, and new agricultural products and production systems.


Your ideal background

  • Ph.D. degree in Environmental Science, Primary Production or Ecological Economics, focusing on LCA. Candidates awaiting their Ph.D. results are also encouraged to apply.
  • Familiarity with Life Cycle Thinking and its application in LCA studies is essential.
  • Research related to livestock production sectors, especially dairy, beef, and sheep.
  • Experienced in the application of software including LCA (e.g., SimaPro) and Excel for livestock production. Experience in statistical computing language (e.g., R) is also desirable.
  • Organised and analytical to analyse large databases, files and writing research protocols to drive research forward
  • Evidence of publications in high-impact scientific journals.
  • Outstanding English communication and writing capabilities and knowledge and interest in New Zealand pastoral agriculture industries
  • Ability to work autonomously while being part of a collaborative team
  • Demonstrates safe workplace behaviour by taking all practicable steps to ensure own and other’s safety in the workplace


Our benefits

When your work environment fits your values and lifestyle, it is a better place to be. Our campuses are green, open, and developing, allowing you to enjoy your work and be productive at the same time – we offer flexibility (work from home, flexible hours) and generous benefits to make sure our people feel supported and enjoy being part of the AgResearch team. 


You can view the complete list here: 


How to apply

This role will suit a passionate, talented and collaborative person who is motivated to drive their career forward within this vital New Zealand organisation. If this sounds like you, apply today using the link, including a cover letter detailing why you feel you would be suitable for this position. 


For further information, please contact Diana Selbie, Environmental Science South, on +6427 4639 732 or To view the full position description for this role, please click here.


Applications close: 31 January 2022 


AgResearch is an equal opportunity employer committed to providing an environment that embraces, promotes, and values diversity, equity, and inclusion. We encourage and welcome candidates from any background, so please do not hesitate to apply for this position or call us to discuss this further.


** Please note: we require all new employees to be double vaccinated against Covid19. Proof of vaccination or vaccination exemption will be required as part of our pre-employment screening process. **