Principal Research Officer in Biological Science

Canterbury, New Zealand
19 Feb 2018
End of advertisement period
19 Mar 2018
Academic Discipline
Life sciences, Biological Sciences
Contract Type
Full Time

Permanent, full time

Lincoln University

Lincoln University is New Zealand’s specialist land-based university, with a mission to tackle global challenges: Feed the World, Protect the Future, and Live Well.  The University is committed to teaching and research excellence, and prides itself on its unique student experience and research culture that empowers its students, staff and graduates to make a real difference.  The University draws its students from throughout New Zealand and from over 60 countries and has a student roll of around 3,000 and approximately 600 staff.

Bio-Protection Research Centre

The Bio-Protection Research Centre ( is a government funded Centre of Research Excellence (CoRE) hosted at Lincoln University. The Centre has six partner institutes (Lincoln University, Massey University, Canterbury University, Plant & Food Research, AgResearch and Scion) and seven other collaborating institutes. The Centre conducts world-class research to meet the plant biosecurity and bioprotection needs of NZ’s productive sectors. Funded since 2003, the current funding runs until 31 December 2020.

The Role

The Bio-Protection Research Centre is looking to increase the capability in the general areas of plant protection, and is open to researchers with expertise in most associated disciplines. Areas of research cover:

  • Sustainable management and control of invertebrate pests and diseases of plants and weeds
  • Improving biosecurity tools to reduce invasion
  • Seed science and technology
  • Enhancing ecosystem services
  • Māori bioprotection and biosecurity

As a Principal Research Officer you will be responsible for obtaining and securing research funding in order to manage both large and small scale commercial and scholarly research projects. You will have the drive and interpersonal skills to continue to raise the profile of the Bio-Protection Research Centre by making a real difference for primary industries and/or natural environment in New Zealand.

In order to be successful for this role you will have:

  • a PhD in the biological sciences or a related subject;
  • An outstanding research record, including a significant number of published works, evidence of superior leadership skills and excellence in research;
  • The ability to identify research opportunities and to encourage their realisation;
  • A proven record of attracting external research funds;
  • The ability to achieve identified goals within a specified timeframe; and
  • A strong record in postgraduate thesis supervision.

Application Process

Lincoln University has established a national and international reputation, both for the quality of its applied teaching and the contribution of its research, come and be part of shaping its future.

All applications must be made online and include a CV and cover letter which should address requirements as outlined in the position description.

For further information please contact Arneka de Vries, Human Resources on 03 421 5437. Please apply online via

International applicants: for further information about working in New Zealand please visit

Applications should be received before 9:00am on 19 March 2018.

Lincoln University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity in education and employment and seeks to meet its obligations under Te Tiriti o Waitangi (the Treaty of Waitangi).