Research Assistant

Professional and Administrative Lincoln, Canterbury


We have an opportunity for a graduate Research Assistant (BSc, BAgSci or equivalent qualification or experience) to carry out both laboratory and field work in an externally funded active Batten disease research project with strong national and international links.  

This position will be based in the Department of Wine, Food, and Molecular Biosciences and will involve maintaining research flocks at the Johnstone Memorial Laboratory research farm, performing molecular, genetic, and biochemical experiments, and maintaining databases. 

To be considered for this role, ideally you will have:

  • Experience in animal welfare and maintaining livestock
  • Experience in immunohistochemistry, histology and microscopy
  • An understanding of neurological, electroretinography and maze testing of study animals
  • Experience performing molecular, genetic and biochemical assessments
  • The ability to assist staff and students with experiments and analyses of data from research trials
  • Good inter-personal, communication and organisational skills

This is a full time, fixed term position for a 12 month period from the commencement date of the successful applicant.

As the longest-running agriculturally-based university in the Southern Hemisphere, Lincoln University’s story begins with farming, but it certainly doesn’t end there. As New Zealand’s economy diversified, so have we. Lincoln University is here to enhance and enrich lives. To grow the knowledge of our students so they can shape a world that benefits from a greater understanding of the relationship between our land, the food produced from it and the ecosystems within it. With three academic faculties, one teaching division, several research centres (including the new 27,000 sqm joint facility, in partnership with AgResearch), and a range of corporate service units, the Lincoln University draws its students from throughout New Zealand and from over 60 countries. Lincoln University has a student roll of around 3,000 and approximately 600 staff. 

Please apply online with your CV and cover letter.

For more information, please refer to the position description on the Lincoln University careers page or contact Patrice Wilkin, Recruitment Business Partner, on 03 423 0312. Enquiries may be made to Professor David Palmer on +64-3-423-0615 or

Applications close on Monday 28/01/19 at 9am.

Lincoln University is committed to a policy of Equal Opportunity in Education and Employment and seeks to meet its obligations under the Treaty of Waitangi.