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  • Research Fellowship Opportunity in Veterinary Epidemiology

    Job Expiry:

    Friday, 20 February 2015

    Promoting Health, Livelihood, and Sustainable Livestock Systems

    An India Research Initiative on Peri-Urban Human-Animal-Environment Interface

    Position: Veterinary Epidemiologist

    Duration: 4–5 years (the initial appointment will be for 12 months including a 3 months’ probation period. Contract extension will be subject to performance).

    Location: New Delhi, India (with travel to field sites in different parts of India)

    Project overview:

    The Public Health Foundation of India (PHFI) and the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) have partnered for a four year India Research Initiative on Peri-Urban Human-Animal-Environment Interface for research and coordination for local healthy food production, healthy livestock and enhanced public health. With a focus on small holder dairy farms, the goal of this Initiative is to contribute to stronger, evidence-based, cross-sector policy and local capacity for integrating public health and livestock health, urban planning, local food production and social development in peri-urban settings of India.

    PHFI seeks to recruit a Veterinary Epidemiologist to join a multidisciplinary team of researchers working on zoonotic diseases and other agriculture associated diseases at the interface of intensive livestock ecosystems and human health and food safety, with emphasis on integrating human, animal and environmental health in both analytical approaches and in interventions.

    This profile is ideally suited for candidates who have a recent doctoral / post-graduate qualification, and are looking for developing a career in policy relevant epidemiological research in South Asia. The candidate should be able to network with all major surveillance partners in the country (human and animal) and with international partners.

    Job Description/ Key Responsibilities

    • Be an active member of a multi-disciplinary team of PHFI and ILRI researchers within the India Research Initiative on Peri-Urban Human-Animal-Environment Interface
    • Provide strategic leadership in surveillance of infectious disease and health effects from exposure to hazards in peri-urban area
    • Lead a programme of inquiry into the burden of zoonotic disease, the evidence for effective interventions and their relative cost –effectiveness with special reference to peri-urban small holder dairy farm ecosystems
    • Perform risk assessments, and identify critical points and opportunities for risk management
    • Collect and analyse epidemiological data in various study sites and provide field epidemiological services for environmental risk assessment
    • Support the team in designing Behaviour Change Communication (BCC) strategy, and developing communication tools for peri-urban areas with a focus on healthy food production, healthy livestock and enhanced public health
    • Support the team in advocacy, developing and implementing capacity building intervention packages across multiple sites in India
    • Generate research evidence on improving human health through understanding and managing livestock, and wildlife determinants of health
    • Contribute generally other activities and development of emerging infectious diseases and zoonoses research at PHFI

    Desired Skills and Qualification

    • PhD or Master’s degree in Veterinary Public Health, Veterinary Epidemiology or related field.
    • Five to eight years of experience of epidemiological research, program implementation or capacity building
    • Demonstrated quantitative epidemiological skills such as, field surveys, randomized controlled trials, risk factor studies, multi-level statistical modelling, spatial epidemiology
    • Experience working on zoonoses / ecohealth / public health research in developing countries
    • Prior Work exposure or training in emerging infections, zoonoses, One Health or bio security.
    • Experience working in a food control laboratory, preferably to include experience of one or more of the following: Microbiology, Bacteriology Residue testing, etc.
    • Experience of working closely with national government agencies, national program management or national public health surveillance system.
    • Experience of developing and implementing food safety monitoring and residue plans
    • Prior exposure to working in developing countries, especially in South Asia and fluency in Indian languages is an added advantage.
    • Proven skills in effective communication and coordination with different actors to ensure a collaborative approach to working and willingness to travel to field locations in various parts of India.


    Salary will be based on qualifications and experience and will be comparable with the best in the country with 10% average increment per year.

    Last Date for Application

    20 February 2015

    Contact Details

    Interested candidates are requested to mail a copy of their resume along with a cover letter to Dr Manish Kakkar at Click here to download the job description.

  • NEW JOB - AgResearch - Science Team Leader/Senior Scientist Agricultural Modelling

    Job Expiry:

    Saturday, 31 January 2015

    AgResearch is a leader in pastoral research. We combine New Zealand's natural advantage with world-leading thinking to enhance the value, productivity and profitability of New Zealand's pastoral, agri-food and agri-technology sector.  Inspired leadership is pivotal to our approach.

    A vacancy currently exists to lead the newly formed Agricultural Modelling team of about 15 FTEs. As the team leader of world class scientists, you'll be responsible for ensuring we have the expertise to meet current and future needs. You will provide leadership and guidance to staff, including planning, monitoring and feedback on performance.

    The models developed and used in the team encapsulate the most recent and relevant understanding of the functioning of productive sector biological systems. Applications range from hypothesis-driven research using process-based simulation models through to decision support tools for land managers. Current mature tools include the OVERSEER Nutrient Budgets, APSIM and Farmax platforms, and new initiatives in various stages of development include Regional Multi-Agent Simulation, Farm System Optimisation, Nutrient Leaching Risk Management and critical contaminant source area modelling.

    Additionally, this team leader role retains a significant personal science delivery component regarding the development and application of a range of system modelling tools that incorporate the key drivers and outcomes of pastoral systems. Consequently, you will already be recognised for innovative research leading to scientific discoveries, commercially valuable technologies or advances in public policy. You will hold a PhD in a relevant area, have successfully sourced funding and provided scientific leadership in significant areas. Ideally you will have experience in decision support tool development (e.g. OVERSEER) and/or process-based modelling of biological systems (e.g. APSIM).

    You will be supported in your research with a range of initiatives that help you keep abreast of national and global scientific trends in your area of expertise, apply scientific knowledge strategically to develop forward looking science plans and develop job knowledge and expertise.

    Essential attributes for success include the ability to work inclusively with enthusiasm and energy and a proven track record in motivating and empowering others and providing them with clear direction and leadership. You will be self-motivated, have demonstrated strong decision making and shown you can deliver and take responsibility for outcomes. The ability to easily establish good relationships with colleagues, building effective networks and relating well to people at all levels is essential.

    The position will be based at Lincoln on the outskirts of Christchurch, with the stunning Southern Alps as a backdrop. Lincoln is the ideal location for outdoor adventure as well as city life and offers access to excellent schools, health and recreation facilities. Our new Lincoln campus will be a catalyst in creating the Lincoln hub. The hub is seeking to create the global benchmark of science, education, innovation, industry collaboration and investment, for sustainable temperate land innovation.

    If you believe you have what it takes, please submit your application including a Curriculum Vitae and a covering letter highlighting:

    • Your motivation to apply for this role

    • The skills/attributes/behaviours you bring which support your application

    • Your research background and expertise including publications

    Job Details

    Crown research institute

    Reference #

    Posted on
    Nov 28, 2014

    Closes on
    Jan 31, 2015


    Soil Science, Modelling & Simulation, Pastoral Science

    Job level(s)
    Senior scientist

    Work type(s)

    More details (document)
    Science Team Leader Senior Scientist November 2014.pdf


    Apply now!

  • NEW JOB: AgResearch - Research Associate

    Job Expiry:

    Friday, 16 January 2015

    Research Associate - Systems Modelling

    AgResearch Ltd is a Crown Research Institute with the core purpose of enhancing the value, productivity and profitability of New Zealand's pastoral, agri-food and agri-technology sector to contribute to economic growth and beneficial environmental and social outcomes for New Zealand

    We have a permanent position for a Research Associate to support our systems modelling capability in the Land & Environment Group, based at our Lincoln campus. You will be contributing to the development, maintenance and application of a range of models and databases in the context of agricultural systems research.

    To be successful in this role you should have:

    • A tertiary qualification in information technology or in a biological science with a strong IT experience
    • The ability to work simultaneously with a range of people on a range of projects and negotiate task priorities in the context of a varying workload
    • Demonstrated competence in at least two of VB.NET, C#, Python, or SQL as well as the MS Office Suite
    • Demonstrated competence in developing tools to assemble and manipulate XML and other text documents
    • The ability to learn new techniques (expanding domain expertise) without on-site assistance.
    • The physical capability to perform the requirements of the job within the relevant work environment/s.

    In addition, the following attributes will be valuable in this role:

    • Experience in managing Condor flocks and/or other cloud computing techniques
    • Competence in Fortran, Java and/or other languages
    • Familiarity with agricultural systems, spatial modelling or modelling biological systems
    • Experience in designing and developing production-quality software
    • Experience in working within a continuous integration (version control with automated building and testing) environment
    • Experience in developing or using software for storing and analysing large datasets
    • Experience in using geo-statistical tools in GIS (particularly ArcGIS)

    AgResearch will provide you with a dynamic and friendly workplace.  We offer an excellent and flexible working environment, ongoing support and superb training and professional development opportunities. We value professionalism, respect, equity and shared responsibility.

    Job Details

    Crown research institute AgResearch
    Reference # 10032
    Posted on Dec 17, 2014
    Closes on Jan 16, 2015
    Location(s) Christchurch
    Expertise Computer Science, Crop Production, Soil Science, Modelling & Simulation, Pastoral Science
    Job level(s) Research associate
    Work type(s) Permanent
    More details (document) Job Description RA Systems Modelling.pdf
  • AgResearch - Laboratory Technician TB Diagnostics/Culturing

    Job Expiry:

    Friday, 19 December 2014

    The Infectious Diseases Team conducts research aimed at discovering and characterising novel vaccines and diagnostics for veterinary use as well as operating a specialised diagnostic laboratory which is IANZ accredited to ISO17025. We are seeking an enthusiastic technician with expertise in diagnostic microbiology, molecular biology and immunology to provide the necessary technical and scientific assistance in the delivery of contracted tuberculosis diagnostic services within the Infectious Diseases team. 

    The position requires a person who functions well in a team environment. The ideal candidate would possess a bachelor degree in the areas mentioned. The team includes scientists and laboratory technicians skilled in microbiology, virology, immunology, molecular biology and use of in vivo animal models.  This position is located in Palmerston North at the Hopkirk Research Institute.

    Job Details

    Crown research institute AgResearch
    Reference # 9748
    Posted on Dec 1, 2014
    Closes on Dec 19, 2014
    Location(s) Palmerston North
    Expertise Animal Production, Microbiology, Pastoral Science, Laboratory & Technical Services
    Job level(s) Technician
    Work type(s) Permanent
    More details (document) JD IF Culturing Technician.docx
  • NEW JOB: Technician - Plant Pigments - Plant & Food Research (Job # 8866)

    Job Expiry:

    Monday, 1 December 2014

    Plant & Food Research combines traditional breeding with modern genomics techniques to develop better cultivars, faster.  Within our Breeding & Genomics research portfolio, the Discovery for Impact Group focuses on fundamental science by building our understanding of the genes responsible for key production and consumer traits, and the mechanisms that influence these traits using model plants and other techniques.

    The Group includes a team of researchers investigating the genes and metabolic pathways involved in plant pigmentation and other traits of interest.  Within the team, this position provides technical support and expertise in plant molecular biology, transformation and tissue culture.  Associated responsibilities will include data collection and analysis, and contributions to the preparation of research papers, reports and presentations.

    You will have an undergraduate degree in a relevant field such as biology, plant biology or molecular biology and have a particular interest in plant biology.  Well-developed general laboratory skills are essential, including in particular, competency in standard molecular biology techniques such as cloning, PCR and quantitative PCR.  Experience in RNA-seq, plant tissue culture and transformation combined with some competency in DNA analysis software (e.g. Geneious) and genome browsers would be advantageous.

    Job Details
    Crown research institute Plant & Food Research
    Reference # 8866
    Posted on Nov 18, 2014
    Closes on Dec 1, 2014
    Location(s) Palmerston North
    Expertise Plant Biology, Molecular Biology & Genetics
    Job level(s) Technician
    Work type(s) Permanent
    More details (document) 8866 Technician Plant Pigments PD.docx


  • NEW JOB: Software Developer - Landcare Research (Job # 9572)

    Job Expiry:

    Monday, 1 December 2014

    Landcare Research - Manaaki Whenua

    If you are a strong intermediate to experienced developer looking for a dynamic and invigorating technology environment and have an interest in environmental issues, biodiversity and/or geospatial information then this is the job for you. We offer an opportunity to be an integral part of small team environment with a chance to work across the software stack from database to services to apps to deployment.  

    Following recent funding successes we need a talented and dedicated developer to join our team. This is a great opportunity for a skilled developer with an interest in application development to work in the stimulating area of science information delivery and integration. This position will cover an array of projects and offers the chance to take part in projects that range from solo efforts to collaborations involving the wider team. This will provide opportunities for growth, a range of diverse challenges and the potential for specialisation.

    Key responsibilities include:

    • Building new, and supporting and extending existing software solutions
    • Help with requirements gathering, and provide architectural and technological input
    • Contributing to the development of our data service architecture
    • Work with scientists, end users, stakeholders, and team members during the creative process

    Desired skills and experience:

    • Developed skills in application development on a variety of devices and approaches in .Net
    • Strong understanding of database principles and broad experience
    • Sound software engineering principles awareness
    • Experience with a range of web standards and web protocols
    • Graduate degree in computer science (or similar) with expertise in two or more of: web, desktop, mobile, infrastructure software engineering

    Also desirable:

    • Cross-platform development (Linux, Windows) and a range of languages
    • An interest in or experience of working in science fields such as biology/biodiversity, environmental data, landscapes, and ecosystems
    • Familiarity with current web trends and design: dynamic content, web services, semantics, crowdsourcing, and social media
    • Experience with issue tracking tools and Agile methods
    • Knowledge or experience of web-based geospatial data delivery and data visualisation
    • Experience of working in distributed collaborative teams

    Manaaki Whenua - Landcare Research is a Crown Research Institute and New Zealand's foremost environmental research organisation.  Our aspiration is to improve the quality of life and economic well-being of New Zealand through healthy land environments. The broad focus of our work is to use science to understand and encourage sustainable development in Aotearoa New Zealand.

    As an employee of Landcare Research, you will get to work alongside passionate and talented people in a caring and family friendly environment. In addition you will enjoy a number of employee benefits. This position will be located in Lincoln, near Christchurch and will be fulltime (37.5 hours per week).

    If you would like to take advantage of this great opportunity please view the position description and apply online clicking the 'Apply Now' button below.

    For more information about our organisation please visit our website:

    Applications close on Monday 1st December 2014 at 5pm

    Job Details

    Crown research institute Landcare Research
    Reference # 9572
    Posted on Nov 13, 2014
    Closes on Dec 1, 2014
    Location(s) Christchurch
    Expertise Computer Science, Informatics, Knowledge & Information Systems & Technology
    Job level(s) Experienced
    Work type(s) Permanent
    More details (document) PD - Software Developer Nov 14.pdf


  • Halal Auditor Job opening with FIANZ

    Job Expiry:

    Sunday, 23 November 2014

    Click here for Job Description 

  • Job roles over Summer

    Job Expiry:

    Monday, 3 November 2014

    If you are still looking for a role over summer then could have a role for you.

    Below you will find the current summer jobs we have.  Don't forget you can book in to see our CV Reviewer or Careers Adviser by clicking on the appointment tab of MasseyCareerHub.

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  • PhD Student - Genetic Epidemiology - Psychological Disorders

    Job Expiry:

    Wednesday, 15 October 2014

    Norwegian Institute of Public Health · Department of Genetics, Environment and Mental Health
    Norway, Oslo ·Sep 2014
    The Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH) announces an open PhD student position for three years at the Division of Mental Health; Department of Genetics, Environment and Mental Health. 

    The position is funded by the Research Council of Norway through the project “Intergenerational Transmission of Risk for Common Mental Disorders: A Longitudinal Extended Children-of-Twins Cohort Study”. The primary objective is to prospectively study genetic and environmental modes of intergenerational transmission of risk from common mental disorders (CMD) and alcohol use in parents to CMD in children. The strongest predictor of a mental disorder in childhood is to have a parent with the same disorder. However, simple epidemiological associations are ambiguous with regard to causality. Associations between CMD in parents and children could be due to both genetic and environmental risk factors. Our aim is thus to contribute to clarifying the causal mechanisms underlying these disorders. Such knowledge is a necessary foundation for the development of effective prevention and treatment strategies. 

    We will use data from the Norwegian Mother and Child Cohort Study (MoBa), which is a large population-based longitudinal birth cohort including both twins and full siblings and their children, followed from week 17 in pregnancy to 5 years after birth, to estimate the mode of intergenerational transmission of risk for CMD. Specifically, we aim to estimate the transmission of risk from externalizing problems in parents (i.e. maternal alcohol use and parental symptoms of ADHD) and internalizing problems (anxiety and depression) to child internalizing and externalizing disorders including symptoms of ADHD in early childhood. 
    The candidate will be working a multidisciplinary group consisting of researchers with a background in medicine, psychology, psychiatry, molecular genetics, and informatics.

    The project is conducted in collaboration with Virginia Institute for Psychiatric and Behavioral Genetics; Department of Psychology, University of Oslo; the Norwegian Center for Child Behavioral Development; and Harvard Graduate School of Education. The PhD student will be encouraged to apply for an overseas mobility grant and stay up to one year abroad. 

    The application must consist of:
    • Application letter (including a summary of the applicant's scientific work and interests). 
    • CV (education since high school (place, grade), positions held and details of academic work). 
    • Attached copies of educational certificates, transcripts of records, and list of publications. 
    • Names and contact details of 2-3 referees (name, relation to candidate, e-mail and telephone number). 

    For further information about the position contact the project leader Eivind Ystrøm. For practical questions regarding the application process contact Martin Nilsen. The application with attachments is to be delivered in our electronic recruiting system. Please submit your full application by using the "Apply Through Website" button.

    Deadline for application: October 15, 2014

    Job description

    • Analyze twin and family data.
    • Be responsible for publication of research results in international journals.
    • Complete a PhD at the University of Oslo.


    • Education at master level in medicine, psychology, social sciences, statistics, informatics or other relevant subjects.
    • Strong background and interest in quantitative research methodology and statistics.
    • Experience with programming in R or other languages is an advantage.
    • Relevant research experience is desirable.
    • Personal qualities will be emphasized. We are looking for a candidate that can work independently, is highly motivated in delivering high quality results, and can work in a multidisciplinary setting.
    • Good communication skills in English are required.

    We offer

    • An interesting job in an exciting field, with excellent opportunities for professional development.
    • Challenging work in a pleasant and active environment.
    • Temporary PhD position (salary code 1017, approximately € 52.000/NOK 423.000 per year. Particularly well qualified applicants may be hired in code 1378).
    • Membership in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.
    • Flexible working arrangements.

    The Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH) strives to improve the public’s health by strengthening preventive health care in the community. The NIPH provides advice and services, and gathers valuable insight into factors that affect public health and how it can be improved. The NIPH provides evidence-based advice and services to the judiciary and all areas of forensic science. The Institute is organized into a Division for Institute Resources and five scientific Divisions: Infectious Disease Control, Environmental Medicine, Epidemiology, Mental health, and Forensic Medicine & Drug Abuse Research. We have approximately 1,050 employees and are located centrally in Oslo and Bergen.

    The Norwegian Institute of Public Health is an “IA” workplace and is thereby committed to diversity. We encourage all qualified candidates to apply for a job with us, regardless of gender, age, disability, ethnic or national background.

    Reference number: 1494PH
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  • PhD Scholarship in Next-generation Biodiversity Assessment

    Job Expiry:

    Wednesday, 1 October 2014


    The Bio-Protection Research Centre, Lincoln University and Landcare Research, Lincoln, New Zealand are offering a three-year PhD scholarship to join our Next-Generation Biodiversity Assessment project (funded by the Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment’s "Smart Ideas" fund). 
    This is a unique opportunity to play a key role in collecting, analysing and interpreting data from a nationwide research programme integrating across land use types, and to use cutting-edge molecular techniques with a strong focus on practical applications.

    Project title: Next-generation biodiversity assessment: Complete biodiversity across gradients of land use intensity at a national scale

    Next-generation environmental DNA techniques are revolutionising our understanding of biodiversity, allowing the complete assessment of all biodiversity from the smallest bacteria, fungi and mites up to, and including, the largest forest trees. Until now, these techniques have been used almost exclusively by scientific researchers. Our team is working to change this: developing a complete biodiversity assessment kit that will give farmers, conservation workers or regional councils a complete system from soil sampling to final reporting of all the major pools of diversity present on sampled plots. Project URL:

    The student will participate in all aspects of the project including field sampling across the entire country; lab processing of soils, invertebrates, leaf samples and DNA; and cutting-edge molecular analysis, bioinformatics, and data interpretation. This will be a unique opportunity to work in both the University and Crown Research Institute environments, develop strong ties to New Zealand’s Biological Heritage Science Challenge and position the student at the forefront of molecular applications to real-world problems and provides significant contacts for postdoctoral opportunities after completion.

    While the student will be expected to participate in all aspects of the project, we envision that the student will work with the team to select their area of focus. This could be a particular taxonomic group of interest (fungi, bacteria, mites, nematodes, insects, plants), or a particular ecological, molecular or bioinformatics aspect of the data. The student will conduct smaller scale analyses or experiments to expand on this aspect.

    The scholarship provides an annual stipend of $25,000 NZD tax free, plus payment of tuition fees, for a duration of three years.

    Applicants for this project should hold a first class or high 2A honours degree or a relevant MSc degree, with an interest in biodiversity, ecology or bioinformatics. Experience working with molecular techniques, and strong computer skills (R, Python, or Perl) would be an advantage. Applicants must be able to conduct intensive field-based sampling and must be eligible for admission to the PhD program at Lincoln University, see PhD Checklist.

    Prof Ian Dickie, Professor of Invasion Ecology, Lincoln University
    Dr Robert Holdaway and/or Dr Jamie Wood, Landcare Research, Lincoln.

    Additional principle investigators:
    Dr Alexei Drummond, Professor of Computational Biology, University of Auckland
    Dr Kate Orwin, Landcare Research, Lincoln


    Applications close on 1 Oct 2014

    Other information
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    Annual stipend of $25,000 NZD + tuition fees


    November 2014