First listed on: 30 January 2023

The role and opportunity

At AgResearch, our purpose is to use science to enhance the value, productivity, and profitability of New Zealand’s pastoral, agri-food, and agri-technology sector value chains to contribute to economic growth and beneficial environmental and social outcomes for New Zealand. We are committed to the knowledge system of mÄ�tauranga MÄ�ori on equal footing with Western science and existing structures, that have helped support positive change in farming practices and food production in Aotearoa.

This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced Senior Scientist to join our Plant Genetics team, working with one or more multi-disciplinary project teams to deliver high quality science outcomes relevant to pastoral priorities.

Job Title: Senior Scientist – Plant Phenomics and Agritech

Location: Grasslands, Palmerston North

Minimum and maximum base salary: $95,943 to $112,874 (gross per annum)

Hours work per week: 40

Days Required: Monday to Friday

Number of Positions: One

Employment Type: Permanent fulltime

What you will be doing

Your excellent collaboration skills will be invaluable as you will be working with various teams to develop and implement methods for acquisition of data from plants using different imaging modalities and proximal and remote sensing sources, with a particular focus on pasture species. You will be developing models for estimation of agronomic stress and quality trail values from digital data. This varied role will see you consistently contributing to the delivery of high-quality research in Plant Science, which will include publishing internationally recognised research.

Your ideal background

  • PhD in natural, physical, engineering, or applied science.
  • Experience in imaging and sensors (digital imaging/digital agriculture) would be preferred.
  • Skilled in the collection of plant imaging and crop parameters to support interpretation of proximal and remote sensing data.
  • Skilled in algorithm and model development and analysing very large data sets with high performance computing resources.
  • Experience managing research projects (which could involve setting priorities, organising work schedule, basic supervisory techniques, communications and/or safety protocols).
  • Experience writing or assisting in the preparation of reports, manuscripts, or presentations.

We encourage applications from candidates with an understanding of or a willingness to develop their capability in Te Tiriti o Waitangi, tikanga M�ori, and/or te reo M�ori.

Our Benefits

AgResearch provide a diverse range of benefits including extensive flexible working options that help employees balance their own lifestyle and needs with their work commitments. You can view the full list here:

How to apply

This role will suit a passionate, talented, and collaborative person who is motivated to drive their career forward within this vital New Zealand organisation. If this sounds like you, apply today using the link, including a cover letter detailing why you feel you would be suitable for this position.

For further information contact Marty Faville at

To view the full position description for this role, please click here

Applications close: Sunday, 19th February 2023.

AgResearch is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to providing an environment that embraces, promotes and values diversity, equity and inclusion. We encourage and welcome candidates from any background, so please don’t hesitate to apply for this position or call us to discuss this further.

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