Careers at ESR

Keeping people safe and healthy through science is our focus and our staff bring a wealth of different experience and backgrounds to deliver this expertise.

ESR’s range of key services needs a variety of skilled staff. All of our externally advertised positions are advertised on the Science New Zealand Careers website. To view our current vacancies, apply for a position, or register your details for future jobs at ESR, visit the:

Science New Zealand Careers website(external link)

Working at ESR

At ESR we aim to provide all our employees with exciting and interesting work and opportunities for professional development. The provision of an energising work environment and a safe and healthy workplace is important. We encourage our staff to maintain balanced lifestyles, recognise the importance of flexible working conditions and provision of opportunities for on-going personal and professional development.

Who ESR employs

In many of our service areas we are recognised as experts in our field. Protecting people through science is our focus, so it is understandable that most of ESR’s staff are graduates and post-graduates in science. However a company providing ESR’s range of key services needs a variety of skilled staff.

ESR is always looking for knowledge development in science and improvement in our service to customers. For many positions we are looking for a strong track record in research. If you have the skills, initiative and commitment for protecting people through science, we’d like to hear from you.

Roles at ESR

Below you will find overviews of what our staff do and what the requirements are for each of these roles in terms of qualifications and/or experience. You can also read our 'becoming a forensic scientist' information for details about that career path.

Laboratory Assistant - The position of Laboratory Assistant undertakes a wide range of manual routine tasks. Laboratory Assistants will have an education to at least Year 12 with passes in science, or previous experience in a similar role.

Science Technician - Science Technicians work with scientists as part of research teams on the day-to-day management of experimental programmes. Technicians working in laboratories identify, measure and analyse substances using a broad range of chemistry and microbiology techniques. In the field, technicians carry out experimental work to support research programmes and also assist clients with sampling. Technicians are usually well advanced in the study of a relevant tertiary qualification. Senior Technicians will have a relevant tertiary qualification in science.

Scientist - Scientists work in teams with other scientists and science technicians. The team may involve people within and outside ESR, to ensure achievement of the science and client objectives. They design experimental programmes, supervise their implementation, identify significant results, and make conclusions and recommendations. They also conduct research to solve a problems and develop and apply new technologies or products. ESR requires an appropriate postgraduate qualification or an undergraduate qualification with postgraduate experience in a relevant science subject.

Science & Business Support Staff - Although scientists and technicians make up the bulk of ESR employees, we employ many other types of people, for example in the areas of Finance, Information Management, Human Resources and Administration, and each job has its own specifications and requirements.

International Applicants

ESR welcomes applications for advertised vacancies, or expressions of interest in employment with our company, from people outside New Zealand. If you are contemplating such a move we advise you to study New Zealand's immigration policies and regulations by visiting the website of the New Zealand Immigration Service(external link), the sole agency of the New Zealand government responsible for migration and entry to New Zealand.

Visa Assistance - As an accredited employer under the New Zealand Immigration Service Talent Visa Policy, we may be able to assist new staff obtain the relevant visa to work in New Zealand.


Starting at ESR

As well as a comprehensive induction to ESR, new employees have various documents and forms to review before starting a new role. They are: