Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research
Applications for 2023-2024 are now closed.
All things Fungi: Learning about mycology, plant pathology, and myrtle rust
The Landcare Research fungal systematics group maintains the largest collections of both dried and living fungi in New Zealand, and delivers data associated with the collections through the NZFungi website. The successful applicants (X2) will provide assistance adding data to the fungal database, and maintaining, tracking, and storing fungal specimens and cultures and associated DNA sequence data.
You will gain an understanding of the day to day running of a mycological research laboratory. Key techniques you will learn include the handling of fungal cultures, data capture and management and microscopy. In addition, you will be expected to assist with an ongoing project on myrtle rust in the mycology labs at Manaaki Whenua-Landcare Research, Tamaki. These could potentially involve culturing and identification of fungi from field samples, analysis of DNA data, etc.
Attention to detail, ability to keyboard accurately, a general interest in fungi, bacteriology or plant pathology.
Biodiversity of insects in a taxonomic collection at Landcare Research
Dr Leanne Elder
Dr Aaron Harmer
Manaaki Whenua - Landcare Research
Project code: SCI018
Work with taxonomists on the diversity of terrestrial insect species in New Zealand and the Pacific.
You will learn research and technical skills to work with a taxonomic collection or in a natural science museum, including:
- Fieldwork and sorting field samples
- Curation and identification of insect groups
- Imaging specimens for machine learning / AI methods
- Databasing and geo-referencing specimens for biodiversity and biosecurity research projects
Ability to work in a group or independently, position requires dexterity, care and attention to detail, data entry.
Applicants should have an interest in Entomology, Taxonomy, Natural History.