Forest Pathology Diagnostician - Scion

You will lead Scion's forest pathogen diagnostic service and our pathogen diagnostics, taxonomy, systematics and emerging threats research programme. The role will oversee diagnosis of fungal and oomycete pathogens in plant tissue and soil samples from major national surveillance programmes and public enquiries, with a goal to detect new incursions early. Research will be focused on identifying and quantifying emerging threats.  You will be responsible for supporting two major national biosecurity surveillance programmes by diagnosing samples of woody plants with pathology symptoms. You will be given scope to develop our fungal culture collections and mycological herbarium and initiate taxonomic and mycological research that arises from the diagnostic service. The role will involve engagement with external stakeholders, funding agencies and holders of other collections in New Zealand. The ideal candidate will have experience in performing identification and diagnosis of suspected fungal disorders and publishing species descriptions and disease notes. This is also an opportunity to demonstrate your organisational and planning skills.