We wish to recruit two students to complete a 10 – 12 week internship programme. Crown Research Institute Scion together with Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga have recently formed a partnership and we are pleased to announce this first joint initiative. The aim of the internship is to work with an active researcher and to develop research skills in the context of clearly-defined parts of a research project.

While Scion has a broad range of research programmes, there are currently five projects that we seek skilled and enthusiastic students to fill. These are:

  • Design of Riparian Strips for Forestry (social science),
  • DNA extraction of Totara (lab-based),
  • Maori Biofibres (social science),
  • Maori imagery in “bio-chair” and “Bio-table (design) and
  • Create Image Database of Wood collection (microscopy).

The Internship is open to Māori or indigenous students who are in their final undergraduate year, or who are in the preliminary stages of a post-graduate study programme. Applicants are expected to have the serious intention of continuing their studies in the following academic year; and to be considering a career in research.

This is a full-time position, available for 10 – 12 weeks, with a negotiable start date of 8 December 2009.

The positions will be based at Scion, Rotorua, on the edge of world-famous Whakarewarewa Forest. Scion also offers an enviable working environment with excellent work/life balance initiatives. Rotorua is one of New Zealand's leading tourist destinations owing to its outstanding natural environment and proximity to coastal beaches and inland lakes, native forests, geothermal areas and volcanic ski-fields.

The Capability Building Programme of Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga continues to develop and enhance opportunities for students to develop capacity and capability for research, leadership and associated scholarly skills. We continue to contribute to increasing the numbers of Māori PhDs and to support student research work in many ways. This joint programme with Scion is an exciting initiative, because Scion is a home to creative science minds and a vibrant culture. All 320 people who work at Scion pursue innovation and excellence, providing leadership in science and technology, and support services. We commend this opportunity to you.

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