Scientist - Nitrous Oxide Emissions


The role and opportunity  

At AgResearch, our purpose is to use science to enhance the value, productivity, and profitability of New Zealand’s pastoral, agri-food, and agri-technology sector value chains to contribute to economic growth and beneficial environmental and social outcomes for New Zealand.  We are committed to the knowledge system of mātauranga Māori on equal footing with Western science and existing structures, that have helped support positive change in farming practices and food production in Aotearoa.


We are seeking a driven and enthusiastic emerging Scientist to join our Environmental Science team on a full-time basis. The main purpose of this role is to design, lead and manage research projects focusing on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in agricultural systems, with particular emphasis on mitigating nitrous oxide (N2O) emissions. The role will also require active participation in preparing research proposals.


This is an exciting opportunity for a researcher with a background in soil, environmental science or agricultural science, and a strong interest in N cycling and GHG mitigation.  You will have much independence in making this role your own, while being supported and mentored by established researchers who are world-leaders in their areas of research. You will also have opportunities to work on international projects, as well as communicating the impacts of your research to our end-users and stakeholders.


Job Title: Scientist Nitrous Oxide Emissions

Location: Invermay Campus, Mosgiel, New Zealand

Minimum and maximum base salary: $85,482 to $100,568

Minimum guaranteed hours work per week: 40

Days required: Monday to Friday

Number of positions: one

Employment Type: Permanent fulltime



What you will be doing 


  • Designing, leading and/or managing research projects on measuring the impact of mitigation strategies on N2O emissions.
  • Working with the research associates in our team to ensure experimental trials are established and conducted according to required protocols and operating procedures.
  • Providing ideas for new projects to the research team and national/international collaborators and helping write research proposals.


Your ideal background 

  • Post-graduate qualification in a related field.
  • At least 2 years of relevant work experience.
  • Strong English communication and written capabilities, evidence by publications in high impact scientific journals.
  • Experience with measuring nitrous oxide emissions from agricultural soils and evaluating mitigation technologies (e.g. plantain or nitrification inhibition).
  • Experience in using scientific methodologies for all research, including literature searching; hypothesis-based experimental design and statistical analysis.
  • Ability to follow rigorous development and documentation procedures for research protocols.


We encourage applications from candidates with an understanding of or a willingness to develop their capability in Te Tiriti o Waitangi, tikanga Māori, and/or te reo Māori.


Our Benefits 


AgResearch provide a diverse range of benefits including extensive flexible working options that help employees balance their own lifestyle and needs with their work commitments. You can view the full 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 contact Diana Selbie at


To view the full position description for this role, please click here.


Applications close: Wednesday, 29th May 2024.


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.