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  • Senior Technician Molecular Genetics - Scion

    Job Expiry:

    Wednesday, 8 March 2017

    • Developing opportunity for a Molecular Genetics Senior Technician
    • Permanent full-time
    • Work on the edge of Rotorua's world famous Whakarewarewa Forest

    Scion specialises in research, science and technology development for the forestry industry, wood products and wood-derived materials. We lead new technology development for renewables, bioproducts, and energy; and the establishment of a broader based bio-economy.

    In this varied position, you'll provide laboratory assistance and some field-based technical support for various research projects. Specific tasks will include:

    • General molecular biology work including the extraction and quantification of DNA from plant material, PCR analysis, and agarose gel electrophoresis.
    • The analysis of existing breeding programmes, as well as contributing to the implementation of new breeding programmes.
    • Field work to collect samples when required.

     What are we looking for?

    • A relevant tertiary qualification is critical, as is the knowledge of the principles of breeding.
    • Experience with real-time RT-PCR, high resolution melt (HRM) curve analysis, and DNA sequencing is preferred.  
    • High on our wish list is a proven understanding and experience in the application of molecular biology methods and techniques.

    At a personal level, you'll need to have a great eye for detail, possess sound research skills, demonstrate excellent record keeping and be conscientious. You'll also be practical with a natural affiliation for hands-on work. This role will involve work in the field from time to time, as well as the lab, so you must be able to travel. Above all, we need high levels of self-motivation, health and safety conscious, enthusiasm, communication, flexibility, dedication to quality, together with the ability to work both independently and part of a team.  

    We are home to creative science minds and have a vibrant culture ensuring employees can pursue innovation and excellence in their science delivery. 

    Scion is proud to offer:

    • Opportunities for a fulfilling career that enables outcomes for New Zealand, Aotearoa;
    • Continuous professional development;
    • Enviable work environment; and
    • A demonstrated commitment to Good Employer/ EEO principles.

    Closing date:  Wednesday 8 March 2017

    For further information and to apply online, please refer to our website:  

    Job Details
    Crown research institute Scion
    Reference # 21396
    Posted on Feb 15, 2017
    Closes on Mar 8, 2017
    Location(s) Rotorua
    Expertise Laboratory & Technical Services
    Job level(s) Technician
    Work type(s) Permanent
    More details (document) Senior Tech PD 2017.docx
  • PhD scholarship available: Epidemiology and evolution of pathogens in livestock networks

    Job Expiry:

    Wednesday, 15 June 2016

    The Infectious Disease Research Centre, Massey University is offering a fully funded PhD scholarship through the New Zealand Biological Heritage National Science Challenge project Biosecurity Network Interventions. This is an excellent opportunity for a student wanting to learn cutting-edge network and evolutionary modelling techniques, with real world applications. The student will become an integral member of a national research team undertaking high profile projects of importance to biosecurity in New Zealand.

    This is one of a number of PhD projects that aim to develop network models for a pests and pathogens, and then use these models to evaluate strategies for reducing transmission.  The focus of this project is the protection human and animal health through the development of novel biosecurity interventions in farmed livestock systems.  The candidate will join the Infectious Disease Research Centre at Massey University, Palmerston North and be supervised by Professor Nigel French FRSNZ (mEpiLab) and Dr Carolyn Gates (EpiCentre).


    The economy of New Zealand is highly dependent on the health of its livestock populations. Further, the transmission of zoonotic pathogens from farmed animals to humans, through food, water and environmental contact, continues to be a major public health concern. In order to maintain global trade markets, and protect public health, we must develop new approaches to prevent the incursion of exotic diseases, such as foot-and-mouth disease (FMD), minimise the impact of endemic diseases, such as bovine tuberculosis (BTB) and bovine viral diarrhoea virus (BVD) and reduce the transmission of zoonotic pathogens.  Farming practices have created many opportunities for disease to spread between herds through the movements of animals, vectors, personnel, and equipment.  With a better understanding of how these contacts and behaviours shape pathogen evolution and transmission dynamics, it will be possible to design more cost-effective strategies for allocating limited control resources.

    The project represents a timely opportunity to explore the relationship between networks and pathogen population structure, using whole genome sequencing, to better understand the epidemiology of important livestock diseases.   Models will be extended to consider the importance of the national and local structure of livestock networks in New Zealand on the predicted distribution and genetic relatedness of fully characterised pathogens. Using existing data, the project will start by examining the network of contacts in the poultry industry and its impact on the transmission and evolution of Campylobacter jejuni. Further work will depend on these initial studies and the development of modelling methods, with the potential to consider other pathogens in other livestock systems (e.g. BVD in cattle). Improved models will provide better decision support for managing incursions, outbreaks, and endemic diseases in livestock and human populations.

    We offer

    This 3-year scholarship provide an annual stipend of NZD$28,000 a year tax-free, covers full university fees and includes additional support towards operating expenses. The successful candidate will be based at Massey University Palmerston North, New Zealand.

    Qualifications and relevant experience

    Applicants for this project should hold a Masters degree in a relevant area, preferably with interest in epidemiology, modelling and microbial genetics. The position is open to applicants of any nationality, provided they have strong spoken and written English skills, can obtain a student visa, and are eligible for admission to the PhD program.

    To apply

    Applications should include:

    •         evidence of qualifications and research experience

    •         a curriculum vitae and contact details of two academic referees.

    •         a cover letter that states why the candidate is interested in the post and how their qualifications would map onto the proposed research.

    Please email applications to Professor Nigel French or Dr Carolyn Gates (  Closing date for applications is 15 June 2016 with the expectation of commencement October 2016.

  • Postdoctoral in evolutionary biology in natural and agricultural systems

    Job Expiry:

    Monday, 30 May 2016

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    A postdoctoral position is available with Professor Peter Dearden at the University of Otago’s Laboratory for Evolution and Development. Our group addresses questions of evolutionary biology in natural and agricultural systems.

    We are seeking an enthusiastic and driven Postdoctoral Fellow to join our team. Your research will focus on understanding the genetic basis of vital insect biocontrol systems in New Zealand. These systems, based on parasitoid wasps, suppress two major grassland pest species and are subject to strong evolutionary pressures.

    In this project you will use genetics and genomics to understand the impact of the parasites on the evolution of the host and the development of resistance. This work will be conducted in close collaboration with ecologists Professor Stephen Goldson and Professor Jason Tylianakis as part of a major programme based at the Bio-Protection Research Centre (

    Applicants must have:
    • a PhD in genetics, genomics, evolutionary biology or a related discipline
    • experience working with genome data.

    Preference will be given to applicants with skills in ecological genomics, genome bioinformatics, genotyping by sequencing or similar techniques.

    This is a fixed-term position for a period of two years. The successful applicant will be expected to start in this position before August 2016.


    Applications close on 30 May 2016

    Contract Type: Temporary

    Contract Hours: Full Time

    Remuneration: $74,046

    Commences: Before August 2016


    Reference Code: 1600810

    About University of Otago (UO HR)

    We believe the key to our success is our people. Excellence in teaching, excellence in research and our outstanding support staff all contribute to making the University of Otago a great place to work.
  • Graduate Assistant, IFS, Massey University

    Job Expiry:

    Saturday, 31 October 2015

    Graduate Assistant (Four Positions) (A407-14JK)

    Institute of Fundamental Sciences, College of Sciences

    Four Graduate Assistant positions are available in the Institute of Fundamental Sciences. The positions provide paid employment to PhD candidates for 360 hours per annum for a three year fixed term.


    Palmerston North


    Fixed Term of 3 Years


    Graduate Assistant



    Applications close:

    11 p.m. on 31 October 2015

    Position overview

    The Institute of Fundamental Sciences invites outstanding students to apply for competitive Graduate Assistant positions to support them whilst studying for a PhD at Massey University.

    Positions are available in the subjects Mathematics, Statistics, Chemistry and Cell Biology (one position in each subject area).

    These are salaried teaching positions in which the appointee will be undertaking full-time PhD studies. Each appointee will be required to contribute up to 360 hours of undergraduate teaching effort in the subject area each year. The positions are for a three-year fixed term to cover the expected duration of PhD research. The successful candidates will have a B.Sc. Honours, M.Sc. (or equivalent ) in the degree area, be eligible to undertake and maintain Ph.D. studies at Massey University, have excellent written and oral communication skills, prior teaching experience, research interests that match those of current Institute staff, together with an enthusiasm to undertake research in that area.

    Applicants are required to identify a potential Ph.D. supervisor (in one of the subject areas Mathematics, Statistics, Chemistry or Cell Biology) and provide evidence of communication with that academic staff member.

    The positions will remain open until filled and will be reviewed quarterly in 2015. Candidates should expect to receive a response within six weeks of applying.

    Applications are required to include:
    1. A covering letter detailing past and future research interests, name(s) of a potential Ph.D. supervisor, and prior teaching experience.
    2. Academic transcripts.
    3. Names and contact details for three references.

    Enquiries should be directed to Professor Simon Hall (Head of Institute, Tel: +64-6-951 7653 Email: Information about the College of Sciences and the Institutes of Fundamental Sciences can be found at

    Job description

    Purpose statement

    To provide teaching and administrative assistance and undertake research in conjunction with study for a postgraduate qualification.

    Responsible to

    You shall be accountable to the Head of Institute for all matters relating to teaching-related duties and research activities overall.

    Key accountabilities

    1. Satisfactorily perform duties in support of Institute teaching (e.g. tutoring, marking, supervising tests and practical work, performing minor administrative tasks, and preparation for these) as required by the Head of Institute, under the supervision of one or more members of the academic staff.
    2. Undertake such research-related duties as are required by the Head of Institute and under the day-to-day supervision of the relevant academic staff.
    3. Enrol in and satisfactorily undertake study toward a PhD qualification.
    4. Adhere to the rules and regulations of the University and the relevant Institute.
    5. Cooperate and share objectives in teaching and research.
    6. Comply with the University’s obligations under the University’s Charter regarding equal employment and the Treaty of Waitangi.

    Person specification


    Sufficient qualifications to meet Massey University's entry requirements into the PhD Programme in the relevant subject area.


    Prior experience in tutoring, marking assessments and supervising taught laboratory courses is desirable.

    Personal attributes and behaviours

    A good command of the English language, both written and verbal.

    Additional Pre-employment Checks



  • Part time research job available

    Job Expiry:

    Friday, 29 May 2015

    A limited funding is available for a suitable student who’s willing to contribute towards a research project on part time basis.

    The project has been funded by Internet New Zealand (InternetNZ), and is related to software-defined networking.

    The ideal candidate shall have a background in Computer Science and Networking with good simulation skills. Postgraduate candidates shall be preferred.


    Interested candidates can submit an expression of interest to me via email, or visit Dr Syed Faraz Hasan at his office AH3.85.


    Dr. Syed Faraz Hasan

    Lecturer (Communication Engineering and Networks)

    School of Engineering and Advanced Technology

    Massey University

    Web Address:

  • MacDiarmid Institute Postdoctoral Fellowships 2015

    Job Expiry:

    Sunday, 1 March 2015

    MacDiarmid Institute Postdoctoral Fellowships 2015

    The MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology is New Zealand’s premier research organisation concerned with high quality research and research education in materials science and nanotechnology.

    Postdoctoral fellowships are now open across our partner institutions. 

    Successful candidates will be a member of the MacDiarmid Institute, a national Centre of Research Excellence which provides collaborative opportunities and a thriving environment to work in. 

    As a MacDiarmid Institute Postdoctoral Fellow you will be encouraged and financially supported to take advantage of the many opportunities we provide to broaden your experience and skills. Activities on offer include 3-6 month industry internships, one day workshops on specialist topics, intensive multi-day bootcamps (held in remote and beautiful locations) where experts share their knowledge in an important current research area, and outreach events, working with school teachers or children. The MacDiarmid Emerging Scientists Association (MESA), run by students and postdocs, organises additional activities including an annual Student/Postdoc symposium.

    For more information contact the named investigator.

    Come to New Zealand to enjoy the best of life and science!


    Postdoctoral Fellow – Theory of Nanomaterials 

    2 years fixed term at Victoria University of Wellington

    The role of the Postdoctoral Fellow is to perform research within the electronic structure in nanomaterials group investigating the electronic properties of new materials assembled from superatomic clusters. The goal will be to develop a theoretical framework for the description of superatomic assemblies, based on computational methods of condensed matter physics and quantum chemistry, and to use this to predict the emergent properties of such materials. This will require the use of density functional theory programme packages and the development of new codes to analyse and interpret data within the appropriate theoretical framework, in collaboration with the condensed matter theorists within the institute. It will be necessary to take a lead in all aspects of the theoretical development and application, and to develop both computational and theoretical capabilities.

    For more information contact: Dr Nicola Gaston at Victoria University of Wellington:


    Postdoctoral Fellow – Superconductivity

    2 years fixed term at Victoria University of Wellington

    The role of the Postdoctoral Fellow is to perform research within the superconductivity team at Robinson Research Institute in association with Dr Tallon and Dr Williams initially directed at high-pressure studies on cuprates and pnictides using existing clamp cells for use in a SQUID magnetometer, diamond anvil cells for spectroscopy and a piston-cylinder device for transport studies. In addition we are seeking to initiate (with Dr Stuart Wimbush in the Institute) the development of ionic-liquid field-effect devices that can be used to dope a variety of electronic materials such as cuprates, pnictides and organic/inorganic hybrid materials. This will require construction of devices to be mounted on existing cryostat platforms and we also wish to explore the potential for combining the two techniques, pressure and field effect gating, as these offer two independent methods to control doping state. In this way we hope to decouple doping effects from intrinsic pressure effects – an ongoing challenge.

    For more information contact: Dr Jeff Tallon at Victoria University of Wellington


    Postdoctoral Fellowship and PhD funded on an MBIE grant.  

    Project title is “Fabrication of self-diagnostic sensors and instruments for reliable measurement of urban air quality”. Industrial partners are Aeroqual, Air Quality Ltd and Beca. Require expertise in physical chemistry/materials science, facility with physical measurements and ideally ceramic fabrication expertise including thick film printing. Requires strong team-working skills and willingness to travel overseas (specifically no visa issues for USA/Canada/UK)

    For more information contact: Professor David Williams at the University of Auckland:


    Postdoctoral Fellowship in Functional Nanostructures

    University of Auckland

    These projects will explore the use of proteins and peptides as scaffolds to build functional nanostructures. Self-assembling proteins will be explored as scaffolds onto which polymers and inorganic materials will be assembled in order to develop specific optical, electrical or magnetic functionality. The projects will involve wide collaboration across the Institute and a wide range of skills will be needed. The projects will involve protein engineering, synthetic polymer and peptide chemistry, electrochemistry, clean room fabrication methods and advanced microscopy. Candidates should have excellent experimental skills in physical or synthetic chemistry or in protein engineering and should be willing to learn a wide range of new skills outside their core discipline.

    For more information contact Professor David Williams at the University of Auckland: or Professor Juliet Gerrard at the University of Auckland:



  • Short term - Post Doc position

    Job Expiry:

    Saturday, 28 February 2015

    Synthesis of tutin metabolites in toxic New Zealand honey


    Post-doc for synthetic chemist (short term)

    Chemistry Department, University of Otago

    With Drs Bill Hawkins and Nigel Perry


    Funding is available for a talented synthetic organic chemist to work on this project for 4 months, latest start date October 2015.


    For further information please contact




  • Research Technician, IVABS, Massey University

    Job Expiry:

    Wednesday, 25 February 2015

    Research Technician (G403-14JK)

    Institute of Veterinary, Animal and Biomedical Sciences, College of Sciences

    This fixed-term position would suit someone with training in microbiology and molecular biology who is seeking experience in a research environment.


    Palmerston North


    Fixed Term of 15 Months


    Grade D


    $35,642 - $52,653 pa

    Applications close:

    11:45 p.m. on 25 February 2015

    Position overview

    The Institute of Veterinary, Animal, and Biomedical Sciences at Massey University has a 15 month, fixed-term vacancy for a Laboratory Technician. As the successful candidate, you will have the opportunity to work with researchers in the Molecular Epidemiology and Public Health Laboratory (mEpiLab) of the Hopkirk Research Institute, Palmerston North. Ideally, you will have experience in infectious disease microbiology and molecular techniques, although experience in other areas of biology would be considered. You will assist the research manager in completing the work required for a Ministry of Health research contract in a timely and efficient manner. The position involves generating research data by gathering and processing samples and accurately recording the information produced. The position will primarily involve bench work in a microbiology/molecular biology PC2 laboratory and sequence analysis of protozoan pathogens. A range of abilities will be considered, and those with increased skills will be given greater autonomy and capacity to contribute to the broader research goals of this programme.
    Enquiries made to: Prof Nigel French: or Dr David Hayman:

    Job description

    Purpose statement

    To assist the research manager in completing the work required for a Ministry of Health research contract in a timely and efficient manner. The position involves generating research data by gathering and processing samples and accurately recording the information produced. The position will primarily involve bench work in a microbiology/molecular biology PC2 laboratory and sequence analysis of protozoan pathogens. A range of abilities will be considered, and those with increased skills will be given greater autonomy and capacity to contribute to the broader research goals of this programme.

    Responsible to

    The research technician is responsible to the research contract manager, to the laboratory manager and to the director of the Molecular Epidemiology and Public Health Laboratory (mEpiLab), Professor Nigel French.

    Key accountabilities

    1. Sample reception and screening
      Receipt and recording of incoming samples, screening of incoming samples, accurately and carefully following Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs)
    2. Molecular biology 
      DNA extraction, PCR, sequencing preparation, sequence editing, Real-Time PCR, accurately and carefully following SOPs
    3. Accurate and efficient recording of data
      Accurate, timely and efficient data recording throughout all laboratory processes using the required procedures; accurate, timely and efficient Access database entry with quality control procedures being followed
    4. Providing assistance and training to students and other laboratory staff in the above techniques and processes as required
    5. Assisting with other laboratory activities as required
    6. Meet agreed deadlines for the completion and recording of work
    7. Follow PC2 laboratory protocols.
    8. To observe confidentiality around sensitive data/results.
    9. Such other duties as may be required by the Head of Institute.

    Person specification


    Minimum of a tertiary qualification in molecular laboratory techniques. Qualifications with research components would be advantageous.


    Previous experience in molecular biology techniques (as stated above) is required. Previous experience in research would be advantageous.

    Personal attributes and behaviours

    Ability to work in a team environment, but also to operate independently. 
    Good communication and interpersonal skills. Attention to detail, good record keeping including any necessary maintenance of laboratory books.

    Additional Pre-employment Checks

    Applicants will be subject to the standard pre-employment checks required by Massey University, i.e. referees, qualifications, previous employment at Massey University, proof of identity and New Zealand citizenship/permanent residency or valid work permit checks will be completed.

    An additional pre-employment check demonstrating laboratory competencies may be required.

    Enquiries made to: Prof Nigel French: or Dr David Hayman:

  • Accounts Payable officer, Massey University

    Job Expiry:

    Monday, 23 February 2015

    Accounts Payable officer (G022-15JK)

    Finance, Strategy, Finance, IT and Commercial Operations

    Massey's Finance team has an opportunity for a team player experienced in Accounts Payable who has the ability to communicated effectively with people at all Levels in both oral and written form.

    This position is part of a team responsible in providing efficient and reliable financial services and guidance across the University's three campuses while delivering excellent customer services


    Palmerston North




    Grade D


    $35,642 - $52,653 pa

    Applications close:

    5 p.m. on 23 February 2015

    Position overview

    Strategy, Finance, IT and Commercial Operations
    Permanent, Full-time

    Massey University is embarking on an exciting strategic journey towards 2025 and is looking for a highly motivated individual to fulfil an Accounts Payable position within Massey's Finance Team

    Working in a team environment you will have solid financial administration experience in Accounts Payable, have strong computer skills and the ability to maintain client confidentiality.

    This role will suit someone who is able to maintain a high level of accuracy, multi-task, prioritise and work under pressure to meet deadlines.

    Job description

    Purpose statement

    To consistently provide efficient and reliable financial services and guidance across the University's three campuses while delivering excellent customer service and a commitment to continuous process improvement in a manner consistent with the University's financial policies, procedures and standard practices.

    Responsible to

    Accounts Payable Team leader

    Key accountabilities

    1.Customer Service
    Provide exceptional customer service at all times by responding promptly and accurately to creditor and departmental enquiries and requests via phone and email on a daily basis.

    2.Risk Management
    Adhering to the Universities Financial Policies, Procedures and Standard Practices by:

    •Upholding Massey University’s reputation through the timely payment of invoices.
    •Ensuring that all expenditure is within specified spend delegation
    •Responsible for verifying that vendor accounts are active and all payments are related to current goods or services rendered
    •Abiding by national regulations and laws e.g IRD regulations regarding GST and withholding tax.
    •Adhere to the University’s legal responsibilities in terms of financial records management and retention to support audit activity and robust practice.

    Responsible for receiving, sorting and processing all incoming mail, electronic and paper twice daily, in an appropriate and timely manner.

    4.Scanning Invoices
    Manage the day to day collating and scanning of invoices into Kofax batch and validating all the data to purchase order(s).

    •Responsible for Monitoring the accuracy and consistency of captured invoice information during validation to ensure correct invoice matching and eradicating duplicate payments.
    •Responsible for investigating and resolving in Technology One, invoice discrepancies, e.g, omitted or incorrect purchase order numbers, order numbers that have already been processed and duplicated records.

    5.Sundry Payments/Credits
    Review and process all non-purchase order invoices and sundry payments for correct delegation and compliance with University Policy.

    6.Processing Invoices
    Processing Sundry Payments, Purchase order invoices and Staff claims in Technology One, checking for accuracy and posting batches to Technology One.

    7.Payment Processing
    Process payments for Petty Cash when required, and Students Refunds weekly. Process other payment runs as required.

    Responsible for the reconciliation of supplier statements and addressing discrepancies

    Maintaining a filing system for all financial documents in compliance with Massey University’s Policy and Procedures at all times

    Assist with other additional duties as required by the Accounts Payable Team Leader subject to changing priorities in order to meet deadlines.

    Person specification


    A qualification in an appropriate field relating to financial administration is desirable but not essential.


    •Solid financial administration experience (minimum 2 Years) is preferred.
    •At least 2 years of proven experience in planning, organising work priorities
    •Awareness and understanding of the laws and regulations applicable to financial practice.
    •Knowledge of the University Sector and/or Technology One System with a working knowledge of computerized accountancy systems would be an advantage.

    Personal attributes and behaviours

    •Attention to detail with high accuracy and numeracy skills are important.
    •Ability to work collaboratively with team members, management, internal and external stakeholders
    •Ability to maintain client confidentiality in accordance with the Privacy Act.
    •Adherence to the University’s and legal responsibilities in terms of financial record management and retention to support audit ability and robust practice.
    •Highly developed interpersonal and representational skills and a proven superior standard of written and oral communication skills.
    •Initiative, analytical and high problem solving ability
    •Ability to work autonomously, with self-management and prioritising of tasks skills to meet deadlines
    •Awareness of co-worker’s workloads/time constraints and be actively supportive and assist wherever possible with energy and enthusiasm.
    •Be familiar with generating payments and processing invoices and generating payments
    •High level of knowledge and skills of Microsoft Office Suite programs

    Additional Pre-employment Checks

    Requirement to pass a Criminal and Traffic Convictions (Security) Check performed by the Ministry of Justice

    Requirement to pass a Credit History Check performed by Veda Advantage Personal Information Services. In addition, there is a requirement to pass a 'No Asset Procedure (NAP)' Credit History Check performed through the Insolvency and Trustee Service, Ministry of Economic Development.


  • Junior Test Analyst, ITS, Massey University

    Job Expiry:

    Sunday, 22 February 2015

    Junior Test Analyst (G001-15JK)

    Information Technology Services, Strategy, Finance, IT and Commercial Operations

    An exciting and challenging opportunity has arisen for a junior test analyst with experience in application and service testing, to support the testing of the University’s key information systems. Experience in testing within a large IT organisation is essential


    Palmerston North




    Grade F


    $46,821 - $66,157 pa

    Applications close:

    11:45 p.m. on 22 February 2015

    Position overview

    We are currently seeking a Junior Test Analyst with skills and in the areas of software, application and service testing to join the ITS Team.

    You will be working within a large IT department that focuses on a number of key applications, services and technologies which support the business functions of the University. Your role will encompass testing, defect recording and reporting on a range of software and IT services. Key to this role is excellent relationship development skills relating to key stakeholders.

    Successful applicants will have a keen eye for detail, be thorough, extremely organised and have highly developed literacy and communication skills. The ability to work with both end users and the technical delivery function essential.

    This role will suit someone with a solid testing background, and who is mature, energetic, focused and professional in their work with a can do attitude and a range of skills that could be utilised in an information technology environment.

    Job description

    Purpose statement

    To provide application and service testing services for business as usual and project based IT service developments.

    Responsible to

    Head of Risk, Quality and Continuity, and the Team Leader (Testing) [Line] 
    Liaison with clients for the development of test scripts, support of UAT.
    Work collaboratively and cooperatively with other sections of ITS particularly business analysts and software developers [Peer]

    Key accountabilities

    • Assist in the development and maintenance of comprehensive test plans.
    • Assist in the development and maintenance of comprehensive test scripts.
    • Undertake testing of software and services.
    • Diagnose and report errors and issues with business requirements and functional specifications encountered during testing.
    • Participate as required in identifying the solution for resolving faults and user issues identified during testing.
    • Undertake software testing in accordance with Systems Development Lifecycle methodology and standards, including test strategy, plans, conditions and cycles, test and data population scripts.
    • Complete issue reports and work with development teams to diagnose and help resolve issues.
    • Provide advice and assistance to business users involved in User Acceptance Testing.
    • Take ownership of agreed personal objectives, timeliness and deadlines, managing assigned work to ensure it is completed on time, and to ensure a high level of personal productivity is maintained. 
    • Ensure solutions meet agreed functional and non-functional requirements after completion of user acceptance testing and before going to Production, by performing testing or audits.
    • Collaborate effectively with project managers, business analysts and systems development teams as required during the build and test phases of the project.
    • Responsible for providing release assessment and recommendations to managers based on test results.
    • Responsible to ensure that all testing is thorough and complete and meets the required standards at all times.
    • Communication of any issues in a timely manner.
    • Assist and collaborate with other members of the Testing Team.

    • Negotiate acceptance criteria.
    • Assist with providing test strategies and advice in the preparation of suitable testing scenarios and data.
    • Participate in resolving issues arising during testing.
    • Assist in business procedure testing.
    • Provide assistance, QA services etc. for UAT, as required.

    • Self-manage own workload to meet agreed deadlines.
    • Work closely with senior members of the Testing Team.
    • Provide appropriate feedback to managers.
    • Manage a variety of tasks concurrently and show flexibility of work patterns in order to meet timeframes and delivery.

    • Manage expectations of Massey University business units.
    • Liaison with external organisations where required.
    • Contribute positively to the team environment to allow individual and team goals to be met.
    • Facilitate strong communication channels between the team and key IT and business contacts.

    • Implement and maintain a personal development program that focuses on maintaining currency and enhancing skills in the areas of Information Technology.
    • Be proactive in identifying own training needs.
    • Maintain a reading program that covers recent developments in IT and testing/training methodologies techniques.

    • Any other duties as required.

    Person specification


    A tertiary qualification or equivalent experience is a requirement.
    A software testing qualification (e.g. ISTQB) is desirable.


    • Experience in or knowledge of software development life cycles 
    • Experience in testing changes to business systems and applications as well as system performance issues. 
    • Previous experience in testing roles is desirable.
    • Experience in software testing methodologies and strategies is desirable.
    • Current knowledge of technology solutions and trends.
    • A working knowledge of SQL and databases is an advantage

    Personal attributes and behaviours

    • Proven analysis and problem solving skills 
    • Builds excellent customer service relationship 
    • Ability to develop a team approach to problem solving 
    • Fluent written and oral communication skills 
    • Ability to maintain a clear set of task priorities while working under situations of stress and pressure 
    • Willingness to work out of hours as necessary 
    • Knowledge of the education sector and its business processes and systems desirable; 
    • Proven ability to set and work to timeframes on assigned tasks.