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7 September 2022
Announcement of PhD position
A PhD position at Massey University is currently available for students interested in identifying foodborne pathogens and antimicrobial resistance genes in the retail food chain using cutting-edge real-time sequencing technologies. The project title is ‘Real-time, long-read metagenomics for identification of pathogens from retail poultry.’
This position involves working with an international multidisciplinary team led by Prof Patrick Biggs and colleagues from Massey University, Palmerston North, AgResearch, the New Zealand poultry industry, and Nanjing Agricultural University (China).  More details can be found here. The closing date for applications is 15 October 2022 (please include a CV and cover letter).

25 March 2021
Announcement of PhD position
A PhD position at the University of Queensland is currently looking for applicants for a project studying gut methanogen biodiversity in native Australian herbivores. The position is a collaboration between the Diamantina Institute and Australian Centre for Ecogenomics and is currently looking for to recruit an applicant from Australia or New Zealand, who can commence their studies in late 2021, or by January, 2022. More details can be found here.

6 February 2021
Announcement of job opportunity – Research Institute of Organic Agriculture
The Plant Breeding group is advertising a permanent Scientist position working on plant/microbiome interactions to advance sustainable crop production. This position is based in Zurich, and applications close on the 28th of February. See the flyer here for more details.

21 July 2020
Announcement of PhD position
We are now advertising a PhD position at the University of Auckland with Kevin Simon and Gavin Lear. Please see here for details.

4 February 2020
Job and conference advertisements

Gordon Research Conference: 21st – 26th June 2020. See here for more information.
Tenure Track Assistant Professor at the Université de Lausanne in Switzerland. See here for details.

16 December 2019
Announcement of PhD positions
We are currently advertising two PhD positions, one of which is based in New Zealand. Please see the following links for more information:

​9 September 2019
Genomics Aotearoa Metagenomics summer school
The University of Auckland is hosting a metagenomics workshop from the 10th to 13th of December, in collaboration with Genomics Aotearoa and New Zealand eScience Infrastructure (NeSI). Registration is free, but spaces are limited and applications close on the 10th of October. See the flyer for more details.

9 August 2019
A call for microbiology literacy
Kenneth Timmis and colleagues have published an open access editorial “The urgent need for microbiology literacy in society” in Environmental Microbiology.

19 June 2019
Registration for the Queenstown Molecular Biology Meeting 2019 is open
Click here to see the current list of invited speakers.

29 April 2019
QMB Satellite Symposium: Infectious Diseases and Membrane Proteins
Queenstown Research Week this year will include the Webster Centre for Infectious Diseases Satellite Symposium on Infectious Diseases and Membrane Proteins – Highlighting Structure and Function. This symposium will be held on the 1st and 2nd September 2019, at Rydges Hotel, Queenstown. Click here for more information.

13 April 2019
Guidelines for nomination of NZMS Orator
Click here for more information.

Microbiological safety and containment standard
Public comment is invited for the Draft Australian/New Zealand Standard: Microbiological safety and containment. See here for the current draft.

20 September 2018
Is there life out there and why you need to be a microbiologist to find it
Massey radio station Radio Control interviews NASA scientist Mitch Schulte and Hari Mogosanu (NZ Astrobiology Network) during their visit to Massey University’s Palmerston North campus.  Listen to it here.  (A link to Mitch Schulte’s talk during his visit is here).   

Obituary: John Clarke

25 April 2018
NZMS successful in supporting the BSc Microbiology at Massey University
View the NZMS submission that helped persuade Massey University to abandon its misguided plan to can the Micro major.

19 February 2018
New NZMS – ASM Postgraduate Travel Grant scheme
Details here.

17 May 2017
Antimicrobial Resistance Implications for New Zealanders
The Royal Society Te Aparangi has produced information and resources on antimicrobial resistance which can be found here.

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