Research Fellow - Volcanic hazard communication

The School of Environment at the University of Auckland (UoA) is seeking a dynamic, early career researcher to take up a three year fixed-term Research Fellow position in the interdisciplinary area of volcanic hazard map development, design and communication.

The successful candidate will be part of a team exploring a fit-for-purpose volcanic hazard mapping framework for New Zealand. The aim of this project is to develop, test and implement an operational framework for volcanic hazard map development in New Zealand to improve hazard communication before, during and after a crisis. The project will combine research and scholarship on map design and cartography with lessons from both New Zealand and international volcanic hazard mapping experiences.

The area of hazard communication is rapidly gaining attention as a priority area of future research worldwide. The successful candidate will join our New Zealand based team to work on the project described above as well as other transdisciplinary research projects in the growing field of hazard and risk communication.

We are seeking candidates who offer the following:

  • Hold a PhD in Geography, GIS, or related field (e.g. Volcanology)
  • Can demonstrate a track record of research as demonstrated by scholarly publications
  • Can employ both qualitative and quantitative social science research methods; have experience in cartography and/or communications research; and have an openness to engage with stakeholders

If undertaking research to support hazard and risk communication in New Zealand excites you, view the position description on our website and apply online today!


All applications must be submitted online.

Applications should include a cover letter, evidence of qualifications/research, and updated recent curriculum vitae, and the contact information only of three references. Please note letters of references may be requested for longlisted candidates.

This position is fixed-term for three years.

Why work here?

The Faculty of Science at the University of Auckland is the largest and most highly ranked science faculty in New Zealand. The Faculty of Science is ranked among the 90 science facilities worldwide by the QS World University Rankings. The ten departments and schools that form the Faculty of Science represent the breadth and diversity of science in our modern world.

The University of Auckland employs more than 5400 academic and professional staff to support over 41,000 students, making us one of NZ's largest employers. The University is consistently one of the highest-ranked Universities on the Pacific Rim and is a member of Universitas 21.

The University of Auckland is a great place to work offering the following:

  • Five weeks' annual leave (pro-rata)
  • A competitive salary
  • Discounted car parking, childcare and a number of other subsidies on internal and external services

Auckland's harbour setting, magnificent beaches and beautiful parks make this a great place to study and work, whilst the University's close proximity to New Zealand's major businesses enables staff and students to rub shoulders with leading practitioners in their fields. The pace of life is relaxed and Auckland's diverse culture and sense of hospitality makes it an exciting and welcoming place to live. With a range of leisure options and high quality schools, it is easy to understand why New Zealand is continually ranked one of the best places in the world to live.

Applications close Sunday, 14 October 2018.

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posted: 12 September 2018     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.