Coastal Hazards Scientist / Engineer


NIWA is a dynamic research organisation whose purpose is to enhance the economic value and sustainable management of New Zealand's aquatic resources and environments, to provide understanding of climate and the atmosphere and increase resilience to weather and climate hazards.

We are seeking a scientist or research engineer to undertake research and consulting projects with a focus on coastal and estuarine hazards, sea-level rise, and coastal risk exposure to address the question of how to achieve adaptation to coastal climate change in the New Zealand context.

You will apply your analytical, modelling and data analysis skills to a broad range of coastal hazard and climate-change adaptation projects within NIWA and via external research collaborations. You will work closely with physical scientists, modellers, engineers, planners, social scientists and economists to translate science and climate change and sea-level rise projections into adaptive approaches to reduce future risks to coastal and estuarine communities and infrastructure. You also need to have the potential to develop and lead external collaborative research and consultancy projects.

You will have at least a PhD level qualification in coastal, ocean or earth sciences, physics or environmental/civil engineering, followed by several years' relevant applied or post-doc experience. Previous experience with hydrodynamic or climate-ocean modelling, sea-level gauge analysis, satellite altimetry, and familiarity with vulnerability and risk assessments and extreme-value analyses are preferable. Time-series and statistics data analysis skills, using Matlab, R or Python, along with an established science publication record, are essential.

Well-developed and proven writing skills for both scientific papers and applied consultancy reports along with clear verbal communication and presentation skills are also essential attributes.

Position description and online application can be found here: https://careers.sciencenewzealand.org/niwa/niwa-jobs

posted: 05 May 2017     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.