Senior Technician | Auckland
|Position Type:||Fixed Term Full Time|
|Attachments:|| PD Senior Tech.pdf (PDF, 168KB)
|Application Close Date:||24-Nov-2017|
The Ministry for Primary Industries' Plant Health and Environment Laboratory in Auckland is recruiting for a fixed-term contract of 12 months, for a full-time Senior Technician in entomology. The position is to provide technical support for the development of Taxonomic keys and manuals by taking high quality images of insects and preparing them for publications using software like InDesign.
Our entomology team is dedicated, diverse and highly supportive and operates in a busy and varied environment to deliver our core work programme supporting New Zealand's biosecurity system and our stakeholders. The role requires processing and careful handling of insect specimens, collecting technical information for publications and data management. The position also provides the variety and the challenge to develop and enhance your technical expertise in entomology while working with a team of scientists.
In this fixed-term full-time role, you will be responsible for
- Taking high quality images of insects and other plant pathogens for taxonomic purposes.
- Processing images using computer software (Helicon focus, Photoshop etc.).
- Assisting in the preparation of taxonomic keys using InDesign software.
- Collecting technical information for publications.
- Sourcing specimens from invertebrate collections nationally & internationally.
- Assisting in processing and curation of insect specimens.
- Assisting with equipment maintenance and calibration.
- Undertaking other duties and responsibilities as delegated.
About the Organisation
The Ministry for Primary Industries' vision is to Grow and Protect New Zealand. We have developed an organisational strategy to ensure we have a clear path to follow that maximises our opportunities.
About the Branch and the Team
The Plant Health & Environment Laboratory (PHEL) is part of MPI's Diagnostic and Surveillance Services (DSS) of the Operations Branch. PHEL is the national reference centre for the identification of all suspected exotic, new and emerging pests and diseases of plants, and arthropod pests affecting the environment. PHEL also provide diagnostic services to primary industries to facilitate trade. The laboratory is accredited to ISO 17025.
We have specialised facilities including a Level 3B quarantine glasshouse and Level 3 tissue culture facility, containment laboratories, equipment for molecular and serological procedures, a transmission electron microscope, light microscopes (enabled for remote diagnostics), and reference collections of pests.
Key Skills / Educational Requirements
We are seeking a highly motivated individual with tertiary education or relevant experience in entomology. Recognition of the major taxa groups of invertebrate plant and environmental pests would be an advantage.
You will have excellent technical skills in photographic imaging and familiar with image processing using software like Photoshop.
Our ideal candidate will be a team player with excellent communication skills, initiative, and sound judgment with an ability to think outside of the square.
Preference will be given to applicants with some entomological and imaging background, who have worked within a quality environment, have proven planning and organisational skills and are able to prioritise under pressure and adapt to changing demands. Experience in InDesign or similar software for publications is an advantage.
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If you have any questions about the role, please contact Carly Birse, Recruitment Adviser for a confidential discussion at email@example.com
Applications for this role will not be accepted after 5 pm on Friday, 24th November 2017.