Statistical Modeller: Sea Level Rise

Lower Hutt, New Zealand

GNS Science, Te Pu Ao, is a Crown Research Institute. Our core purpose is to understand earth systems and physics-based technologies and to transform this knowledge into economic and social benefits for New Zealand.

GNS Science's work in Environment and Climate focuses on sustainable management of the environment, and effective adaptation to a changing climate. We take an integrated approach combining environmental change, climate change and groundwater. This work plays a vital role in informing management and adaptation strategies for the future.

We seek a highly motivated person for a Statistical Modeller position specialising in Sea Level Rise. The focus of the Sea Level Rise position is to establish a new probabilistic model that can be used by stakeholders in Pacific Island Countries to assess sea-level-rise-related hazards. The primary objective of this project is to provide an evidence-based assessment of present and future sea level-related risks for the southwest Pacific region. The project will consist of a pilot study focusing on the atoll islands, including Tarawa in Kiribati, with the aim to be transferrable to other locations in the southwest Pacific. This position will be primarily responsible for the development of a probabilistic, graphical model to understand the probability of future coastal inundation in 2050 and 2100.

Communication and training with stakeholders is an important aspect of this role's responsibilities as the model is intended to be usable by non-experts. This position is required to will assist with, and participate in, several expert elicitation workshops in the Pacific Islands.

The ideal candidate will have the following:

  • A PhD in Geoscience, Physics, Computer Science, Statistics or a related discipline
  • A strong foundation in scientific coding and data handling
  • Experience with geospatial data
  • A strong foundation in statistics
  • Project management skills
  • A background in the impacts of climate change and sea level rise in coastal environments is highly desirable.

The position will be a fixed-term appointment for two years.

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Closing date: 12 June 2020

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