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Scientist - Life Cycle Assessment

AgResearch NZ
Christchurch (Territorial authority), Canterbury (NZ)
NZD$80644 to $135,380
Closing date
8 Oct 2023

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Life Science
Job Type
Employment - Hours
Full time
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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 mātauranga Māori on equal footing with Western science and existing structures, that have helped support positive change in farming practices and food production in Aotearoa.

We are seeking a dedicated Scientist to join our Environmental Science team on a full-time basis. The main purpose of this role is to prepare research proposals and lead/manage research projects focusing on Life Cycle Assessment, especially greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and other environmental burdens in agricultural systems, with particular emphasis on mitigating GHG emissions.

This is an exciting opportunity for a researcher with an environmental science or agricultural science background, who has experience working with Life Cycle Assessment and GHG mitigation.  You will also be expected to have a key role in communicating the impacts of our research to our end-users and our stakeholders.

Job Title: Scientist, Life Cycle Assessment

Location: Lincoln, Christchurch, New Zealand 

Minimum and maximum base salary: NZD$80,644.00 - $135,380.00

Minimum guaranteed hours work per week: 40

Days Required: Monday to Friday

Number of Positions: One

Employment Type: Permanent full-time

What you will be doing 

  • Developing new project proposals and identifying new opportunities for delivering Research & Development solutions to the NZ pastoral industry.
  • Leading and managing research projects relating to LCA and greenhouse gas emissions from NZ pastoral systems.
  • Interpreting and presenting results to a range of audiences including farmers, agricultural industry and policy representatives, and other research colleagues.
  • Collaborating with national and international colleagues around LCA and GHG mitigation options, and circular bioeconomy practices.

Your ideal background 

  • Postgraduate qualification in environmental, animal, or agricultural science (or a related field).
  • Proven science or industry experience in nutrient management of agricultural systems with an emphasis on LCA and GHG mitigation.
  • Experience in initiating and leading successful funding proposals.
  • Experience managing research projects and collaborating and communicating with stakeholders.
  • Experience in preparing reports and presentations to deliver to a range of stakeholders and farming groups.
  • Strong English communication and written capabilities, evidenced by publications in high impact scientific journals.
  • Project management experience.

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

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 Diana Selbie, Team Leader Environmental Science South at

To view the full position description for this role, please click visit our careers site

Applications close: Sunday, 8 October 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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