Lab Technician - Vintage Position


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Company: Plant & Food Research

Type:Fixed Term

Uploaded: 29 November 2019

Closes: 29 December 2019

Casual Lab Technician – Vintage Position

We have an opportunity for a Lab Technician to join our team for a fixed-term period of five months, starting February 2020. You would be providing laboratory support during the vintage period for research projects within the Viticulture and Oenology team.

This will include contribution to all aspects of the project, from maturity samples process, daily analysis to data entry and data processing.

We need someone who can:

  • Follow established procedures to report accurate analysis and quality-testing
  • Conduct a variety of routine laboratory procedures samples preparation, sample processing, data processing, interpretation and analysis of results
  • Carry out analysis on chromatographic instruments (HPLC) and data processing
  • Carry out general maintenance of laboratory and associated equipment
  • Carry out duties that may arise from time-to-time to assist in the operation of the laboratory, winery or field

You will also have:

  • As a minimum a diploma or undergraduate degree in a scientific discipline, preferably biology, chemistry or food science, with previous laboratory experience essential
  • Knowledge of Laboratory Best Practices, working to Health & Safety procedures and  supporting the best laboratory management practices
  • Previous HPLC, GC, CE  and/or automatic analyser Biosystems Y15 experience is desirable
  • Practical experience with computing methods including word-processing, spreadsheets and data processing is essential
  • A full driver’s license

In return we can offer a great team environment in a dynamic science and research organization. Hours of work will vary during harvest with some weekend work. Post-harvest, consistent hours will still be available.

If this sounds like you please apply via the button above, or email


Only people eligible to work in this country should apply for this position. Please provide evidence of your work visa or citizenship.

  • For information about working in New Zealand, visit the Immigration Department website:
  • For information about the Marlborough wine region, click here.
  • Jobseekers should be aware that the start and finish dates of harvest work employment may change from those suggested by wineries at the time of your job offer. Vintage dates can not accurately be predicted.

    It is therefore important that you understand that depending on your employment arrangements with the employer there may be a period of time where you have no work or less work than you were expecting, and should have sufficient financial arrangements in place should this occur. Your actual start and finish dates may vary - if you have queries around this, check with your winery employer before booking airline tickets etc.
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