First listed on: 11 June 2018

 Portfolio Leader - Characterising Land Biota

Leading one of only seven research portfolios, this role is a key leadership position in Manaaki Whenua. With responsibility for setting the direction for the Characterising Land Biota portfolio, this role is key to ensuring that the biologically-based Databases and Collections hosted by Manaaki Whenua meet New Zealand's biosecurity, conservation and Maori needs, both now and into the future. Manaaki Whenua is a New Zealand Crown Research Institute and this position is based in New Zealand.

Our land, our future - this is the essence of why Manaaki Whenua - Landcare Research exists. At Manaaki Whenua we undertake research that focuses on preserving New Zealand's rich biodiversity, improving biosecurity, and protecting the health of the land, fresh water and soil resources we need for a prosperous future. We recognise the importance of partnerships, the special role of Maori, and the need to ensure that all New Zealanders have the knowledge, understanding, and tools to truly live in harmony with our precious environment. We are recognised nationally and internationally for the quality of our research and work with a wide range of organisations within New Zealand and globally.

We are looking for a Portfolio Leader with a demonstrated track-record in applied taxonomic research, with expertise in mycology and plant pathogen-focused science. The Portfolio Leader will bring extensive biosecurity and primary sector linkages, proven expertise in applying research to deliver impact, and knowledge of global trends to enhance the value of biological Collections. The ideal candidate will also have experience in the commercialisation of bioactives from micro-organisms. By preference, this permanent, full-time position, with hours split across Portfolio Leadership (0.8 FTE) and Research (0.2 FTE will be based at our Auckland site (Tamaki), but may also be based at our Christchurch (Lincoln) or Wellington sites. An ability to work regularly from all three locations is a requirement of the role.

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The closing date for the submission of Applications is Sunday, 22 July 2018.

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