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Scientist - Synthetic Biologist

New Zealand (NZ)
$85,000 -$95,000 (NZD) + Benefits
Closing date
21 Jul 2023

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Life Science
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Scientist – Synthetic Biologist - SCION

Full Time Position - 40 hours | Based in Rotorua, New Zealand

Revolutionise Bioeconomy in beautiful New Zealand

Scion, a world leading Crown Research Institute, offers you an unprecedented opportunity to make your mark in a new bioeconomy sector. Based in the pristine environment of New Zealand, we are protecting the environment using biotechnology.  Our mission encompasses not only the creation of advanced renewable solutions and bioproducts but the establishment of a more sustainable future.

We pride ourselves on fostering a vibrant culture of innovation and excellence among our 300+ dedicated science and support staff based in Rotorua and Christchurch.

Your Future Role

We are currently seeking a passionate Synthetic Biologist to join our multidisciplinary Biotechnology team.  In this role you have the opportunity to work with global experts and see your work implemented at scale. 

Utilising non-model organisms that utilise waste streams, our challenge is designing and implementing new product pathways, that will make a real difference for New Zealand.  In this unique opportunity you get to work upon multiple projects that span academic through to industry application.  You help Scion be leaders in the field.

**About You**

You are a passionate researcher with a PhD in Bioengineering, Chemical Engineering, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, or a related field. Your expertise includes developing synthetic biology pipelines, creating tools for high throughput screening, and analysing a range of chemicals produced by genetic modification. Non-model microorganisms are an exciting challenge, and experience with gas microbes would be advantageous. Your blend of interdisciplinary communication skills allows you to collaborate effectively with colleagues across fermentation, analytical, and bioinformatics domains.  You love mentoring younger scientists !

**Your Lifestyle**

Join us in Rotorua, located in the Bay of Plenty region, and immerse yourself in a lifestyle that is as enriching professionally as it is personally. Experience the perfect work-life balance surrounded by stunning forests, pristine lakes, beautiful beaches, and world-class ski resorts. Rotorua is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts, offering activities like hiking, fishing, mountain biking, and water sports. Enjoy the local culture, explore geothermal wonders, and indulge in the renowned hospitality of the Kiwi people.

If the idea of pushing the boundaries of synthetic biology while living in one of the world's most beautiful landscapes excites you, we would love to hear from you!

**Closing Date: 20 July 2023**

For further information, please visit our website: and to apply online:,50665.htm

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