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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.


  • The MAppSc (Quantitative Genetics) is looking to establish and maintain a list of research projects appropriate for their APPS597 (Supervised Independent Study) paper ( 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 and 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 (
  • Charting new neuronal survival pathways in Parkinson’s disease. The Neurodegenerative and Lysosomal Disease Laboratory is interested in the molecular and cellular basis of neurodegenerative disease, in particular how lysosome dysfunction influences
    disease development. We have a research project available for a prospective MSc student starting in 2023. The candidates will have a strong interest in neurodegenerative disease, a background in cell culture techniques, excellent communication, team-work abilities, and a drive to succeed. You will already have either a BSc in neuroscience, genetics, or biochemistry. More Info here. For further information on the project and application, please contact Dr. Indranil Basak or A/Prof. Stephanie Hughes.
  • 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



  • Mānuka Health is a beekeeping company that is setting up a genetics program for their hive operations. Running in conjunction with a Callaghan grant, they are looking for a summer student that can help map out and identify key traits in their honey bees while working alongside the team. The role will be based outside of Hamilton and can be started ASAP. If you are interested please get in touch with Brian McCall (



  • Chiasma is inviting interested STEM students to apply to be on the Chiasma Dunedin team for 2023.
    Chiasma is a student-run organisation aiming to bridge the gap between academia and STEM industries. We hold free networking events, workshops, and site visits for tertiary students. We have a range of different positions available on the team next year including management, finance, events organisation, industry liaisons and marketing. Applications will close on the 30th of November 2022 at 5pm unless roles are filled before this date in which case we will close applications early. Applicants will be notified of acceptance for a role no later than the 31st of December 2022. Positions to take effect on the 1st of February 2023 (exclusive of CEO, training of new CEO to begin as soon as an appointment is made). If this sounds like something you would be interested in or want further information about, click the link below to head to the application form.
  • 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 viewed 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.
  • HRI is once again recruiting for our 2023 summer scholarship program, for third-year students who are interested in staying on at HRI in 2023 to complete their honours year. For a number of years, HRI has been fundraising in NZ to fund research into Cardiovascular disease. Thanks to our NZ donors we have been able to fund the successful NZ Summer Scholars program. The program has brought across a number of NZ undergraduate students for the past 4 years, many of whom have stayed on to complete Honours and are working towards a PhD. Interested individuals can find further information and apply for these positions at Summer Research Scholarships with Honours in Sydney, Australia Job in Sydney NSW – SEEK


  • In 2020, the AGTA executive committee established the AGTA PhD top-up scholarship in order to support the next generation of genomics researchers. Applications for the 2022 AGTA PhD top-up Scholarship are open until 5pm AEDT, Friday 7 October 2022.  Further details and the online application form can be found here. ​


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  • 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 or email
  • Biomedical Research Community Survey: Biomedical Research Community Survey

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