First listed on: 10 November 2017

PhD Student - Reproduction


The Organisation

AgResearch is the Crown Research Institute tasked with delivering cutting-edge agricultural science and innovation to benefit the wider New Zealand economy. Our internationally-recognised scientists work across the agricultural sectors in collaboration with a range of stakeholders both nationally and internationally, putting science and innovation at the forefront. We are proud to be a unique organisation that is driving prosperity by transforming agriculture.

The Project

This is your opportunity to join our AgResearch Reproduction Team in Hamilton. The successful candidate will participate in fundamental research to generate enhanced genotypes in livestock. Specifically, we are developing methods to simultaneously edit and multiply elite dairy embryos. This involves derivation of pluripotent cells from genomically selected embryos, multiplex genome editing and production of animals via embryonic cell transplantation and other advanced reproductive technologies (ART). The project will benefit the development of new biotechnology-based agricultural practices for animal breeding.

You Will Have:

  • BSc, MSc or equivalent in a relevant field.
  • Background in molecular cell biology.
  • A strong interest in learning ART-related skills such as micromanipulation and microinjection.
  • High motivation to be able to work independently and contribute as an active team member.
  • Fulfilled the requirements for initial and continued enrolment in a PhD programme at University of Auckland


As a student with an A Grade average or better the three year studentship offers an annual stipend ($30,000) and covers domestic University fees and operating costs. It is important that the candidate is able to fulfil the requirements for initial and continued enrolment in a PhD programme at University of Auckland.

Your Everyday

  • Beautiful campuses & great Learning and Development opportunities

How to apply

If you are interested in this PhD Student opportunity, please apply online via the link provided detailing why you feel you would be suitable for this position.

Applications close: 3 December 2017.

For more information or for a confidential discussion please contact Dr Björn Oback, Senior Scientist on +64 7 838 5542


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