A career at Barenbrug, endless opportunities.

Barenbrug employs over 60 staff in New Zealand in research and development, marketing, operations and administration with its head office based on a 224ha research station near Darfield in Canterbury, and field staff based throughout the country. We are part of the Royal Barenbrug Group, and aspire to lead the New Zealand market through the delivery of cutting edge technology, world class partnerships and outstanding staff. The company takes a long term view to its plant breeding programmes and places considerable emphasis on providing product to its customers that is well proven, soundly researched and developed, widely tested across pastoral situations and well supported in terms of product information and ongoing support.  

R&D Experience Positions

Up to 4 positions available:


Breeding science for healthy pasture, animals, and profit.


Barenbrug specialises in the research, production, and marketing of superior pastures for New Zealand farmers. Barenbrug and Callaghan Innovation are offering R&D experience grants for the summer of 2021/22.


Projects cover a wide range of plant breeding research. The four research titles are:
1. Screening herbs for useful agronomic traits
2. Self-fertile NZ germplasm
3. Analysis of beneficial secondary metabolites
4. Improving legume environmental functionality compounds


The successful student will get the opportunity to investigate these areas of research and initiate the establishment of trials to interrogate Barenbrug germplasm for these traits. The student will learn trial design, develop methods of measuring key traits, and undertake analysis of data. At the end of the project the student is expected to write up and present a report of their findings. In addition, the student will get to learn other aspects of the Barenbrug business (professional development).


The work will be based at Barenbrug in Courtenay; ~30 km west of Christchurch.


For further information contact Colin Eady, Barenbrug, NZ, Science Manager ceady@barenbrug.co.nz 


Conditions of the Scholarship:
Refer to: http://www.callaghaninnovation.govt.nz/ for details


This is for students in their penultimate or final year of an undergraduate or honours degree, a postgraduate diploma or certificate, or co-joint undergraduate degree. The grant pays for 400 hours work experience during the summer break.


The start date is between 15th October and 1st December 2021 and you must finish by 31st March 2022


Please send a CV containing the following:
• Name, address, and contact details (including email)
• Current degree being studied for
• Intended study in 2021/22
• Copy of your academic record
• Relevant previous work/experience.


Applications close on 10th October 2021 and should be sent to Colin Eady at the above email address. This internship was made possible by funding from Callaghan Innovation

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