Scientist – Plant Physiology - Plant & Food Research
At Plant & Food Research we conduct leading research that adds value to crop and food products and develops tools that optimise yield, quality and economic performance.
In this position you'll join a team conducting research on the optimisation of fruit production, sustainable enhancement of fruit quality, and development of new cultivar and innovative production technologies from both an applied and a fundamental perspective. The research will be carried out primarily on apples, pears and kiwifruit with collaborative opportunities in summerfruit and other perennial crops, and will be both New Zealand and offshore-based to support the globalisation of our fruit products.
The internationally recognized team has strong links with other researchers involved in breeding, molecular genomics, plant architectural development and modelling, postharvest science, bioengineering, and production footprinting.
You'll have a PhD in plant sciences, horticulture or plant physiology and proven ability in plant science research combined with a broad understanding and experience in plant production and fruit production systems. You'll have sound knowledge of experimental design, sampling, data collection and analysis, along with laboratory and instrumental experience relevant to crop eco-physiology. Willingness to travel domestically and internationally, and flexibility to work outside normal working hours according to seasonal demands is essential.