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Principal Scientist Technology Group

Do you want to be part of a team creating future technologies for the primary sector?

Modern farms and agricultural operations are managed far differently than a few decades ago, primarily because of advancements in technology, including sensors, devices, machines, and information technology. Today’s agriculture routinely uses sophisticated technologies such as robots, temperature and moisture sensors, aerial images, and GPS technology. These advanced devices and precision agriculture and robotic systems allow businesses to be more profitable, efficient, safer, and more environmentally friendly.

Do you want to help shape this technological revolution in the primary sector?

Lincoln Agritech Limited (LAL) is a multidisciplinary research and development company owned by Lincoln University, but with independent mandate and Board. LAL is a profitable, leading edge, independent research and development company with a wide variety of industrial, agritech and environmental projects. LAL employs around 50 staff, including scientists, research engineers and software developers. We are small, we are nimble and we punch above our weight.

We have an exciting opportunity for the role of Principal Scientist and 2IC of our Technology Group, reporting to our Chief Scientist. Our Technology group has worked on projects employing advanced techniques including image processing, optical sensing, filtering and signal processing, broadband and microwave sensing, modelling and whole-system solutions.

Our ideal candidate will have the following:

  • A Doctoral qualification and strong publication record, with a research focus in at least one discipline in the realm of electronic, microwave or image based sensing and processing, artificial intelligence or advanced mechatronics.
  • An ability to demonstrate a strategic approach to science and a track record of attracting funding.
  • You will be an outstanding leader with at least 5 years’ experience in a management role and you will have a willingness and desire to grow into the team’s Group Manager role in the future.
  • You will possess the ability to interact effectively and regularly with government, industry, funding bodies and private sector companies. 
  • Rising stars with less experience but leadership attributes, will be considered.

This Principal Scientist role is part of our succession planning and a successful candidate has the potential to move up to the Group Managers role for the Technology group, and be part of the senior management team of the company in the medium term.

The position is based at our Lincoln University campus, approximately 20 km south west of Christchurch.

Lincoln Agritech is an Immigration New Zealand Accredited Employer which offers a route to residency in New Zealand for international employees and more efficient Visa processing benefits.

To be part of the future of technology development and leadership in the primary sector in New Zealand see below to download an application form and position description; apply by sending your CV, a covering letter and the completed application form to yvonne.devries@lincolnagritech.co.nz. Applications will be assessed as they are received and should be received by Monday 1st May 2017.

Careers With Lincoln Agritech

People are the heart of our organisation. To produce top quality science we need to attract the best, where creativity and skill match the passion for science and innovation.

Our employees work and collaborate with some of the best national and international research agencies.

We offer you the opportunity of developing an exciting career. By encouraging originality and investing in professional development, we aim to create a positive environment that will contribute to the success of our people.

Lincoln Agritech often seeks professionals with backgrounds in:

  • Resource Modelling
  • Hydrology
  • Electronic Engineering
  • Software Engineering
  • Image Processing
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Agricultural Sciences
  • Biotechnology

Lincoln Agritech is committed to supporting and mentoring emerging researchers. We offer opportunities for talented postgraduate students; support doctorate or masters level students in the form of scholarships; and regularly host internship programmes.

Internships At Lincoln Agritech

Lincoln Agritech collaborates with many international universities and every year we accept a handful interns from all over the world. Currently, we are hosting four students from Europe that are here on six month exchanges.

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