Senior Scientist – Forensic Toxicologist x 2

Institute of Environmental Science and Research Ltd (ESR)

About ESR
ESR is a New Zealand Crown Research Institute that specialises in science relating to people and communities. It’s our science that helps safeguard people’s health, protect food-based economies, improve the safety of freshwater and groundwater resources and contributes expert forensic science to justice systems.

About the role
The Forensic Toxicology group within F-SAS, Kenepuru, Porirua, has two vacancies for individuals to assist in the delivery of expert toxicology services. These are both fulltime permanent positions and are an opportunity to join a dynamic, hardworking team which delivers services that underpin the Coronial and Criminal Justice system in New Zealand.

Duties and Responsibilities
Duties include the analysis of biological material for toxicological analysis and reporting of results for forensic purposes; the management of complex forensic cases; review and interpretation of analytical results; the writing and review of reports and statements, and the delivery of expert opinion evidence in court. The successful applicants may become involved in research and development, mentoring staff, quality assurance and other tasks to support the F-SAS team.

Skills and Experience
The successful applicants should hold a relevant tertiary qualification in science as well as extensive experience in working in a laboratory.

Extensive experience in toxicology, analytical chemistry or pharmacology and the use of scientific equipment such as GC-MS or LC-MSMS instrumentation would be an advantage as would experience in managing and reporting toxicology cases. These positions also require excellent communication skills and the ability to work in a team environment.


  • active work/life policies including family-friendly initiatives and flexible hours
  • ongoing personal development
  • free car parking
  • access to Southern Cross group membership scheme

A pre-employment drug-screen, disclosure of criminal charges/convictions, proof of academic qualifications/papers, and the provision of a staff elimination DNA sample and participation in ESRs immunisation programme are conditions of employment for this position.

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