Smithies, Russell | 26 Mar 19:19 2014

(OT) Come work in New Zealand - Job: Senior Bioinformatician at AgResearch

Hi everyone,

I would like to bring the following position to your notice.  I would also appreciate if this could please be
circulated to your wider network.




Senior Bioinformatician

AgResearch Ltd. New Zealand

AgResearch is a Crown Research Institute with the purpose of enhancing the value, productivity and
profitability of New Zealand's agricultural sector.  The Bioinformatics team supports scientific
research in a range of areas to the benefit of the pastoral agricultural sector.

We are seeking a highly motivated individual with excellent training and expertise in Bioinformatics to
join our team.  The successful candidate will be responsible for providing Bioinformatics consultancy
to a range of science projects.  Main duties will involve analysing high throughput/high-dimensional
'omics data from mostly non-model organisms, this includes the design, development, implementation
and testing of bioinformatics pipelines for Next-Gen Sequencing (NGS) data, assembly and expression
analysis of NGS data and contribution towards interpreting the results.  Experience in working with
Genotyping by Sequencing data would be advantageous. The ideal candidate will also have some experience
or an interest in integrating multi-faceted 'omics data to understand underlying systems a
 nd biological networks.  This is a senior and permanent position.

The successful applicant will have a PhD or high level postgraduate qualification in Bioinformatics (or
related field) with at least five years of related work experience.  A thorough knowledge of Unix,
scripting language (Perl/Python or similar) and an understanding of biological databases along with
various Bioinformatics tools is required.  This is a highly collaborative role, where the incumbent will
be working alongside scientists on a regular basis thus requiring a good knowledge of Genetics and
Molecular Biology.  Strong communication skills, with the ability to effectively articulate complex,
technical information to the clients is highly desirable. Other requirements are good organisational
abilities along with excellent interpersonal and relationship building skills.

The position will be based at our Grasslands campus in Palmerston North and will be part of the wider
Bioinformatics and Statistics team.  Palmerston North, a university city, is 30 km from the coast, 2 hours
from ski fields, and 2 hours from Wellington. The AgResearch Grasslands campus is situated in pleasant
rural surroundings with easy access to the central city. The surrounding area offers many outdoor
recreational opportunities.

The position is available immediately and will be open until filled.

For informal inquiries please contact Dr. Nauman Maqbool
(nauman.maqbool <at><mailto:nauman.maqbool <at>>). Applications
including a CV highlighting relevant research experience, a cover letter and contact details of three
referees should be submitted online at:,6109.html

Only applications submitted online will be accepted.