The New Zealand dairy industry is renowned the world over. It's the result of passionate, proud people working towards a common goal - the success of the sector and sustainable food production. That's the scope of dairy - it's vital, it's diverse and it's huge... and so are the career opportunities at the heart of the primary sector powerhouse.
PhD or Masters Student - Waikato or Canterbury
This Masters or PhD will be part of a large national collaboration between industry and government. The initiative is focussed on proving the efficacy of the pasture herb plantain for reducing nitrate leaching, and facilitating large scale adoption to achieve improvements to water quality while maintaining profitability of the dairy sector. The Masters project will focus on identifying the range in plant traits that drive reduced nitrate leaching among different plantain cultivars in four different environments. Continuing onto a PhD, the student would have the opportunity to validate the plant traits driving reduced urinary nitrogen through animal experiments.
A scholarship of $30,000 p.a., plus tuition fees, is on offer.
The university of enrolment will be one of Waikato, Massey or Lincoln and the student will be expected to be based at a DairyNZ office during the research component of the project. The applicant must be willing to relocate, if required, to Hamilton or Christchurch.
The student will have co-supervision from the selected university and DairyNZ scientists. This will ensure the recipient is well-supported and mentored throughout their degree and will enable them to build strong connections within the industry.
Working with the science team and university supervisors to co-develop your project based on your research interests and the brief of the wider programme.
Implement your research with support of a high powered cross discipline science team and technical support.
Engage with coursework that gains you the knowledge and skills that enhance your professional capability.
Upskill and carry out analysis, write up your results for your thesis, and present at relevant conferences and forums as appropriate.
Be eligible to enrol in a Master's Science or PhD degree
Applicant must be willing to relocate, if required.
Start date, 2023 Academic year (or earlier if possible).
You must be eligible to work in New Zealand.
You should have an interest in both plant and animal science and be excited about the opportunity to do field work with excellent science and technical teams and learning robust analysis techniques to bring your results to life. Previous dairy knowledge is not a requirement.
If you want to be part of a high achieving team making a difference to dairy farmers and the environment, this is the role for you.
If you require further information or would like to discuss your suitability for this post graduate position please contact firstname.lastname@example.org