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Opportunity: Senior Bioinformatician (#AGR1587) @ AgResearch -- Palmerston North (Grasslands), New Zealand
Submitted by Brydie O'Connell; posted on Friday, June 14, 2013
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 the Biological research in a range of areas working for the improvement of pastoral agricultural sector.

We are seeking a highly motivated individual with excellent training in Bioinformatics to join our team. This is a permanent position. You will be responsible for providing Bioinformatics consultancy to a range of Science projects involved in the scientific discovery in plants, animals, fungi and microbes and will be responsible for analysing high throughput/high-dimensional `Omics data from non-model organisms. This includes the design, development, implementation and testing of bioinformatics pipelines and tools, assembly of NGS and RNA-Seq data, network and pathway analyses. You will also have some experience or interest in integrating multi-faceted Omics data to understand underlying systems and biological networks.

The successful applicant will have a PhD or high level postgraduate qualification in Bioinformatics or related field with 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 with 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. You will also have good organisational abilities along with excellent interpersonal and relationship building skills.

The position will be based at AgResearch Grasslands campus in Palmerston North and will be part of wider Bioinformatics and Statistics team. Palmerston North, a university city, is 30 km from the coast, two hours from ski fields, and two 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.

For more information please contact Philippa.Maternaghan[at] or visit our career site,

Ref: AGR1587

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Applications close Sunday, 7 July 2013.

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