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Careers in Genetics


Genetics Otago and the Genetics Teaching Programme are both often asked: “What can I do with a degree majoring in Genetics?” While the answer is not quite “Anything!” it is pretty close.

The sectors requiring genetics graduates are only expanding: you could be a researcher, lab technician, innovator, genetic counsellor, bio-science marketer, forensic scientist, agricultural consultant, museum professional, science writer or journalist, policy advisor, environmental worker, teacher, patent specialist, and more.

In an attempt to show the diversity of jobs available to our graduates we hold an annual Career Evening in collaboration with the Department of Biochemistry and the Department of Microbiology and Immunology. Since 2019 these evenings have been recorded and you can watch a small selection of these presentations here.

You can watch more science graduates talk about their careers on this Careers Information Evenings YouTube playlist

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Current Opportunities


If you would like to advertise a project, job or opportunity please get in touch with us here.

Projects

  • The MAppSc (Quantitative Genetics) is looking to establish and maintain a list of research projects appropriate for their APPS597 (Supervised Independent Study) paper (https://www.otago.ac.nz/courses/papers/index.html?papercode=APPS597). Projects should be broadly statistics based, connecting genotype with phenotype and be of a suitable scope for a 40-point paper. Supervision is open to all University of Otago campuses as well as to industry and research institutes (supervisors need not be academic staff). If you have a project you would like considered please contact Dr Phil Wilcox (phillip.wilcox@otago.ac.nz).
  • Is cannabis safe to use during pregnancy? Integrated multi-omic and functional analyses of the genomic and molecular impact of exposure during development. The University of Canterbury, supervised by Dr Amy Osborne. More Info here Enquiries: Dr Amy Osborne
  • Cancer Epigenetics Projects Department of Pathology, supervised by Associate Professor Aniruddha Chatterjee. More Info here Enquiries: A/Prof Aniruddha Chatterjee
  • Investigation of the connection between cohesin’s roles in cell division and gene expression in embryonic cell fate commitment. Department of Pathology, supervised by Professor Julia Horsfield. More Info here Enquiries: Prof Julia Horsfield

 

Jobs

  • Product Development Scientist (Protein)Dunedin based with PhD in a relevant area. Pacific Edge is looking for a motivated scientist with expertise in protein expression, purification, detection and analysis of cells and cellular proteins. This is an exciting full-time permanent opportunity for someone who has a strong skill base in protein detection from various tissue and cell sources and biological samples.  The nature of the Company’s business is the development and commercialisation of novel diagnostic tests for the detection and management of cancer. For more details please click the link above. For a confidential discussion about the role please contact Andrew Wilson (027 752 8465) or Olivia Marshall (027 752 8408).
  • Research Associate – Protein ScientistDunedin based with BSc (Hons), Masters, or equivalent. Pacific Edge is looking for a motivated scientist with experience in protein expression, purification, detection and analysis of cells and cellular proteins. This is an exciting full-time permanent opportunity for someone who has a strong skill base in protein detection from various tissue and cell sources and biological samples.  The nature of the Company’s business is the development and commercialisation of novel diagnostic tests for the detection and management of cancer. For more details please click the link above. For a confidential discussion about the role please contact Andrew Wilson (027 752 8465) or Olivia Marshall (027 752 8408).
  • Assistant Research Fellow or Postdoctoral Fellow wanted to develop research projects and provide research support to Otago Zebrafish Facility users.  The successful candidate will be appointed to the position of Assistant Research or Postdoctoral Fellow dependent on academic achievement, skills and experience. In this role you be required to work independently to implement project-specific research, conduct laboratory/molecular biology experiments, train staff and students in zebrafish experimental procedures, maintain zebrafish lines and provide teaching support for laboratories and outreach exercises using zebrafish. You will also be expected to act as back-up support for the Otago Zebrafish Facility Lead Technician with animal care.  Applications close Sunday, 7 August 2022. For more details please contact Professor Julia Horsfield, or read the full job description here.

 

Internship

  • Genetics Otago is looking for Science Communication Interns to help with content creation for our blog, YouTube channel, and annual magazine. You do not need to have formal science communication training, just an interest in the area of either genetics or science communication. Your work will be fully credited and viewd by our members, university leaders, high school students and the general public. If you are interested or would like to know more please contact us.
  • Summer internships are available with Fonterra. Get involved in a variety of real-life Fonterra projects and gain invaluable work experience before graduation. You will work on a defined R&D project, with a research supervisor and full support from the world-class dairy innovation site – the internship is for around 12 weeks, from November to February. For summer 2022/23, we have several internships available, based at the FRDC in Palmerston North. Applications close on 24 July 2022. More information here.

 

Scholarships

None are currently available.

Competitions

We are holding an Inaugural Science Communication Competition aimed at students in years 7-13. You can find more information about this in the flyer below, but briefly, we are looking for students to submit a piece of science communication, related to any area of genetics and in any (printable) format. Up to five entries will be selected for publication in our annual magazine and on our website.  This is a great opportunity for your students to have a go at science communication and to have their work viewed by University leaders, HODs, national science programme organisers (e.g. Hands on at Otago), genetics researchers, industry professionals and members of the general public. Previous issues of our magazine can be found on our website: https://blogs.otago.ac.nz/go/archive/.

The competition is open to students nationwide. If you or your students have any questions please contact us, we are happy to help. Entries close 30th September 2022. 

Science Communication Competition Flyer

Genetics Otago Science Communication Competition Entry Form

 

Participate

  • Division of Sciences Outreach Certificate – If you are a student who would like to earn hours towards an outreach certificate please get in touch. We have opportunities to write for our Blog, to participate in school outreach and to help in the organisation of hubs and events.
  • Professor Martin Kennedy, EDGI NZ co-lead Investigator, is looking for any New Zealander, aged 16 and over, with first-hand experience of an eating disorder, to volunteer for an important genetics study. For more information or to volunteer, visit www.edgi.nz or email edgi@otago.ac.nz.
  • Biomedical Research Community Survey: Biomedical Research Community Survey

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