2 Insect Systematics Positions in New Zealand

Marie-Claude Lariviere LariviereM at LANDCARE.CRI.NZ
Wed Oct 2 15:24:00 CDT 1996


Dear taxacomers,

Please note the following job advertisements. Anybody interested to join
our team in this wonderful part of the world?

Cheers to you all,

Marie-Claude Larivi=8Are
Research Leader
Invertebrate Systematics
Landcare Research
Private Bag 92170
Auckland, New Zealand
larivierem at landcare.cri.nz

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Manaaki Whenua - Landcare Research - Job advertisement

Insect Systematists (two positions)

Landcare Research conducts biosystematics research on New Zealand's
land invertebrates using
its extensive collections, databases, library, and laboratory resources.

We seek two systematists to join our biosystematics team based at Mount
Albert, Auckland. The
appointees will have proven skills in insect systematics, including the
preparation of taxonomic
revisions. They should be conversant with the use of cladistic
methodologies, and appreciate the
scope and application of molecular techniques.  Experience in biodiversit=
y
assessment and
species conservation would be an asset. The major research focus will be
on either Coleoptera
(position 1) or Lepidoptera (position 2).

The appointees will have a PhD or equivalent  in invertebrate systematics=
, =

and experience in
field work and database use. They will be expected to work in a
project-orientated team
environment. In addition to conducting research in systematics and
biodiversity, the appointees
will have responsibilities for collection development, routine identifica=
tions,
and related
consultancies.

Applications close on 30 November 1996.  For further information contact
Dr Ross Beever
Landcare Research, Private Bag 92 170, AUCKLAND, New Zealand   =

(telephone +64-9-849
3660, Fax +64-9-849 7093, E-mail BeeverR at landcare.cri.nz. The position
description may be
obtained from, and applications sent to:

Personnel Officer
Biodiversity and Conservation
Manaaki Whenua - Landcare Research
P O Box 69
LINCOLN, New Zealand

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Manaaki Whenua - Landcare Research

Insect Systematists - background information

Landcare Research conducts biosystematics research on New Zealand's
land invertebrates
using its extensive collections, databases, library, and laboratory resou=
rces.

The two positions available are in the Invertebrate and Microbial
Systematics team, located at
the Mt Albert Research Centre, Auckland, New Zealand. Job descriptions
and the Landcare
Application Form are appended.

The organisation
Landcare Research is New Zealand's foremost multidisciplinary research
organisation
specialising in sustainable management of the country's land resources.
This includes
conservation of biodiversity of the country's flora, fauna and natural
ecosystems.

The Institute which is headquartered at Lincoln, Canterbury is divided in=
to
4 research groups:
Biodiversity and Conservation, Weeds and Pests, Environmental Quality,
and Land
Management. Biodiversity and Conservation Group (General Manager
David Penman)
comprises 5 teams: Invertebrate and Microbial Systematics (Team leader
Ross Beever), Plant
Evolution and Systematics (Matt McGlone), Plant Databases and
Collections (Euan Nicol),
Ecosytems North (Bruce Clarkson), and Ecosystem South (Richard
Gordon).

Biodiversity and Conservation Group holds the largest land invertebrate
collection in the
country (New Zealand Arthropod Collection, NZAC), along with various
databases and
extensive library resources. Excellent working relationships are maintain=
ed
with the country's
other invertebrate collections including those maintained by The Museum
of New Zealand
(Wellington), Canterbury (Christchurch), Otago (Dunedin) Museums,
Auckland Institute and
Museum, NZ Forest Research Institute (Rotorua), and the universities.

Invertebrate biosystematics
Team funding comes primarily through contracts with The Foundation for
Research Science
and Technology (FRST). The primary contracts are "Biosystematics of
New Zealand Land
Invertebrates (Programme Leader Marie-Claude Larivi=8Are) and "Nationally=

Significant
Biological Collections" (curator NZAC Trevor Crosby),  but the team
actively seeks funding
from other sources. We anticipate increased funding for research on
biodiversity and
conservation issues. The team is responsible for publishing the monograph=

series Fauna of
New Zealand (36 issues published to date)

Scientists and senior technicians with invertebrate responsibilities at
Auckland are:

Jo Berry (Hymenoptera) =

Leonie Clunie (Lepidoptera larval stages)
Trevor Crosby (Freshwater invertebrates, forensic entomology)  =

Dianne Gleeson (Onychophora, molecular systematics) =

Grace Hall (Arachnida)
Rosa Henderson (Coccoidea)
Marie-Claude Larivi=8Are (Auchenorrhyncha and Heteroptera)
Ting-Kui Qin (Acari)
Wim Wouts (Nematoda)

APPLICATIONS

Applications (closing date 30 November 1996), including a completed
application form,
should  be sent to:
           Personnel Officer
           Biodiversity and Conservation Operating Group
           Manaaki Whenua - Landcare Research
           P O Box 69
           LINCOLN, New Zealand

For further information on the position please contact:
           Dr Ross E. Beever
           Team Leader, Invertebrate and Microbial Systematics
           Landcare Research                  =

           Private Bag 92 170               =

           AUCKLAND, New Zealand             =


           Location:  120 Mt Albert Rd, Mt Albert, Auckland
           Telephone: +64-9-849 3660
           Fax:  +64-9-849 7093
           E-mail:  beeverr at landcare.cri.nz =


Some information is avaiable on Web Page:
http://www.marc.landcare.cri.nz/
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                MANAAKI WHENUA - LANDCARE RESEARCH
                  JOB DESCRIPTION: COLEOPTERIST

POSITION:           Research Scientist, Biosystematics of  Coleoptera

LOCATION:           Mt Albert Research Centre, Auckland

PRIMARY OBJECTIVE:  Conduct biosystematic research on priority groups
of New Zealand Coleoptera.
KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES:
 Undertake biosystematic research on N.Z. Coleoptera with
 emphasis on the superfamilies Staphylinoidea, Curculionoidea or       =

Chrysomeloidea.

Develop a collecting and curatorial programme to enhance the            =

coverage and accessibility of Coleoptera  in the N.Z. Arthropod
Collection.

Improve accessibility of biosystematic information through               =
  =

enhancing library resources and databases.

Disseminate scientific findings widely to clients and stakeholders,
including the publication of scientific papers and reports and the
preparation of electronic products.

Enhance the relevance of biosystematic research within Landcare          =
    =

Research to biodiversity and conservation issues, and to                 =
  =

ecosystem processes and environmental problems.

Seek opportunities to diversify the funding base for ongoing
research, as appropriate.

INTERACTIONS/REGULAR CONTACT WITH:
           Programme Leader, Biosystematics of  N.Z. Land Invertebrates,
Curator NZAC; technical staff.
           =

PERSON SPECIFICATION:
Educational qualifications
           PhD or equivalent in invertebrate biosystematics, specialising=
 in
Coleoptera,
           and relevant experience in field work and databases. =


Work knowledge and experience
Proven skills in Coleoptera biosystematics, including knowledge          =
        =

 of the preparation of taxonomic revisions.

Experience  in phylogenetic reconstructions (including the use of
cladistics).

Sound background knowledge of taxonomic computing and
experience in the use of taxonomic databases.
           =

Experience  in biodiversity assessment and species conservation          =
 =

would be an asset.

Conversant with the scope and application of molecular
techniques in biosystematics.

Personal attributes
           =07        Versatile, demonstrates initiative in solving probl=
ems
           =07        Works well under pressure, self-motivated.
           =07        Well-organised, capable of independently and effect=
ively
                    planning time and resources.
           =07        Ability to relate to people in all circumstances an=
d to work
well
                    in a team. Leadership skills would be an asset. =

           =07        Understanding and commitment to EEO and the princip=
les of
the Treaty of Waitangi.

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               MANAAKI WHENUA - LANDCARE RESEARCH
                  JOB DESCRIPTION: LEPIDOPTERIST

POSITION:           Research Scientist, Biosystematics of Lepidoptera =


LOCATION:           Mt Albert Research Centre, Auckland

PRIMARY OBJECTIVE:  Conduct biosystematic research on priority groups
of New   Zealand Lepidoptera.
KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES:
  Undertake biosystematic research on N.Z. Lepidoptera with              =
     =

emphasis on priority families (Crambidae, Oecophoridae,                  =
 =

Noctuidae, Tortricidae, Geometridae, Tineidae, and Pyralidae).

Develop a collecting and curatorial programme to enhance the             =
   =

coverage and accessibility of Lepidoptera in the N.Z. Arthropod
Collection.

Improve accessibility of biosystematic information through
enhancing library resources and databases.

Disseminate scientific findings widely to clients and stakeholders,      =
     =

including the publication of scientific papers and reports and the
preparation of electronic products.

Enhance the relevance of biosystematic research within Landcare         =

Research to biodiversity and conservation issues, and to
ecosystem processes and environmental problems.

Seek opportunities to diversify the funding base for ongoing
research, as appropriate.

INTERACTIONS/REGULAR CONTACT WITH:
           Programme Leader, Biosystematics of  N.Z. Land Invertebrates, =

Curator NZAC; technical staff.
           =

PERSON SPECIFICATION:
Educational qualifications
           PhD or equivalent in invertebrate biosystematics, specialising=
 in
Lepidoptera, and relevant experience in field work and databases. =


Work knowledge and experience
Proven skills in Lepidoptera biosystematics, including knowledge
 of the preparation of taxonomic revisions.

Additional knowledge and experience, and personal attributes as in above
position.




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