Engineering Geologist / Geomorphologist
(Rock Mechanics)

We are seeking an experienced Engineering Geologist or Engineering Geomorphologist, specialising in rock mechanics and laboratory-based testing to scope and undertake a range of research and consultancy projects relating to landslide, rock slope instability and landscape processes. The appointment will be based at Lower Hutt, Wellington region.

New Zealand's borders are currently closed to all but New Zealand citizens and permanent residents. International candidates will still be considered, however they might be required to work remotely as a contractor from overseas until New Zealand's borders reopen.

About you

You will have:

  • A PhD in Engineering Geology or Engineering Geomorphology;
  • At least 2 - 5 years' experience in Engineering Geology or Engineering Geomorphology research and/or consulting;
  • Essential skills in:
    • The design and implementation of laboratory experiments to measure the strength properties of rocks and failure mechanisms in response to environmental changes in stress with a particular focus on landslides and rock slopes.
    • Upscaling of laboratory results to investigate and parametrise regional scale geomorphological landscape processes.
    • The development and planning or future research directions and proposals for new research funding opportunities in rock mechanics.
    • Field-based skills in field mapping, rock mass survey and assessment, geophysics and sampling.
    • Statistical and geo-spatial modelling packages and applying statistical analytical techniques.
    • Managing small and large scale multi-disciplinary teams to deliver research focused projects.
    • Scoping, managing and delivering consultancy projects and providing expert advice on Engineering Geology, Engineering Geomorphology and Rock Mechanics issues to a variety of public and commercial sector clients.
  • In addition, the preferred candidate should have:
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with experience in report writing and leading/ co-authoring scientific journal articles.
    • A flexible and adaptable team player mentality.
    • Good time management and organisational skills.

As an experienced Engineering Geologist/Geomorphologist, we would expect you to have strong problem-solving skills. On top of the technical skills required, you'll also need to work independently, apply initiative as well as take instruction from a range of staff: high levels of energy and drive and want to work for a changing and evolving organisation.

About GNS Science

GNS Science, Te Pu Ao, undertakes world-leading Earth science research. Our people are passionate, committed, and focused on bringing our vision of a cleaner, safer, more prosperous New Zealand to life. GNS offers a supportive, flexible work environment and professional career development. GNS Science Engineering Geology team is responsible for research and consulting activities to investigate and manage earthquake-induced landslides, rainfall-induced landslides, and ground characterisation for earthquake hazards (liquefaction and ground shaking amplification). GNS offers a supportive and flexible work environment, professional career development and generous employee benefits.

Our people are at the heart of everything we do - it is a privilege to work with exceptional people who're making a significant contribution to science in New Zealand. And with over 25 nationalities represented across our staff, this truly is a diverse workforce.

Want to know more?

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Applications close: 16 September 2020

posted: 28 August 2020     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.