Provides scientific/technical leadership for the Food Safety and Preservation team and associated students and post-docs. Delivers high quality science and technology in the form of publications and reports, new products and processes. Develops strong linkages across all relevant PFR Science Groups. Develops strong linkages with New Zealand research groups in complementary research fields. Develops and enhances offshore research linkages and collaborations. Interacts effectively and positively with key stakeholders in the horticulture and seafood industries. Champions best practice in health and safety and compliance with regulatory procedures and actively promotes safe working practices
A relevant university science qualification (PhD) in microbiology and/or food safety. Strong theoretical and practical hands-on microbiology skills ready to be applied in research on foodborne pathogens. A history of supervising and mentoring staff and students in a team environment. Extensive practical research experience. A good publication record. A history of engagement in funding applications. High standards of scientific rigor. A passion for research science and technology. Excellent communication skills, both written and oral. Ability to formulate and communicate strategic direction. Track record and international reputation in this science area. Demonstrated competence in building relationships with key stakeholders and industry partners. Personal Characteristics: being generous, having courage, showing humility, being self-aware, trustworthy and positive Personal Capability: demonstrating personal expertise, problem solving, being innovative or managing innovation, having business acumen, and professional development Focus On Results: taking responsibility for results, organising and setting standards Interpersonal: communication, collaborating with others, building relationships, inspiring and developing people. Leading Change: having a strategic perspective or a sense of the “bigger picture”, championing or participating in change, and connecting to the outside world, or bringing in fresh ideas
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