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Post Doctorial Scientist


The Role and Opportunity


We are looking for two passionate Post-Doctoral Fellows who will present Science Thought Leadership and research outcomes at an international level on this exciting and important project


The Science Project aims to develop a proof-of-concept for a transgenic rat suppression system in containment, which will ultimately support the eradication of wild rats in NZ. It will contribute to the implementation and management of genetic control tools for the rat, aligning with other research aims around developing genomic datasets in wild NZ rat populations and assessing attitudes towards transmission ratio distortion approaches, with emphasis on understanding Mātauranga Māori.


What You will be Doing


  • Acts as the main investigator or co-investigator on dedicated research streams in this project.
  • Conducts experimentation and data collection in accordance with the highest standards.
  • Adopts and applies overall organisational project management methodologies.
  • Writes and publishes articles in peer-reviewed journals that highlight findings from research.
  • Builds and maintains a strong culture of partnership with stakeholders, focused on the creation of impact in their sectors.


Your Ideal Background


  • You will have a PhD degree in molecular biology or related field. Candidates awaiting their PhD results are also encouraged to apply. 
  • Has a background in research related to transgenic technologies, including construct design, pronuclear injection, electroporation, mammalian embryology, and analysing transgenic rodents. 
  • Experience in the application of transgenic techniques to study fertility are beneficial.
  • Research experience relevant to this position. 
  • Working knowledge of the application of Bioinformatics tools for genotype analysis.  



Our Benefits


AgResearch provides a diverse range of benefits including flexible working options that help our staff balance their own lifestyle and needs with their work commitments. You can view the full list here:


How to Apply


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 David Wells on 07 838 5555 or To view the full position description for this role, please click here.


Applications will close when we find the right candidates so please apply as soon as you are able to avoid missing out on this exciting opportunity.


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