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Senior Bioinformatician

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Location: Palmerston North, North Island, New Zealand
Company: AgResearch Limited
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Open Til: 26-Apr-12
Industry Sector: Agribusiness
Industry Type: IT
Career Type: Researcher/Scientist
Job Type: Full Time
Minimum Years Experience Required: N/A
Salary: not stated

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Vacancy No: AGR1394

(Permanent position)

AgResearch is New Zealand’s largest Crown Research Institute and its core purpose is 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. AgResearch Bioinformatics & Statistics team focuses on application of Bioinformatics, Statistics, Computer Science and information processing to develop experimental protocols, analyse and interpret data in order to better understand biological and environmental systems.

We are seeking a highly motivated individual with excellent training in Genetics and Bioinformatics to join our team. The incumbent will be responsible for providing Bioinformatics consultancy to a range of science projects and will be involved in analyzing high throughput/high-dimensional Omics data from non-model organisms, including but not limited to the design, development, implementation and testing of bioinformatics pipelines and tools. S/he will also have some experience or interest in integrating Multi-faceted Omics data to understand underlying systems and biological networks.

The successful applicant will have a postgraduate Bioinformatics or related qualification with three years of work experience and should have strong communication skills, with the ability to effectively articulate complex, technical information to the clients. S/he will also have good organisational abilities along with excellent interpersonal and relationship building skills. A thorough knowledge of Unix, scripting language (Perl/Python or similar) and Bioinformatics tools is required. This is a highly collaborative role, where the incumbent will be working with scientists on a regular basis thus requiring a good knowledge of genetics and molecular biology.

The position will be based at AgResearch Grasslands campus in Palmerston North.

To find out more about AgResearch visit our website to find out more about this position please contact Dr Nauman Maqbool on +64-7-838 5043 or email

Please apply online by visiting our website

Applications close Monday, 23 April 2012.