Two permanent Numerical Groundwater Modeller positions available

NUMERICAL GROUNDWATER MODELLER

Summary: We are seeking a talented and motivated numerical groundwater scientist at the junior to intermediate professional level, for a permanent position. The appointment will be based at either Wairakei Research Centre, Taupo or Avalon, Lower Hutt. The scientist will contribute to the core framework of our groundwater research and consultancy in New Zealand. This work will include research across some of the many topic areas directly related to hydrogeological investigations at the local, catchment, regional, and national scales, with the specific topics dependent on the skills of the successful candidate.

The ideal candidate will have the following:

  • A qualification of a PhD in groundwater modelling or a closely related engineering or scientific field.
  • A strong foundation in maths and statistics
  • Ability to develop groundwater flow models (including integrated surface water and groundwater models) and coupled nutrient transport models
  • Ability to develop code for linking models and pre-processing input datasets and post-processing model outputs, build mathematical models, undertake model parameter and predictive uncertainty analysis, and use the parameter estimation software PEST.
  • GIS skills would also be an advantage.
  • Experience working in a team-based research environment
  • Strong English communication and writing skills
  • Ability to develop and strengthen our national collaboration

Deadline: 9 February 2020

SENIOR NUMERICAL GROUNDWATER MODELLER

Summary: We are seeking a Numerical Groundwater Modeller at the senior professional level for a permanent position. The appointment will be based at either Wairakei Research Centre, Taupo or Avalon, Lower Hutt. The scientist will directly help to build our core framework of our groundwater research and consultancy in New Zealand. This work will include research across some of the many topic areas directly related to hydrogeological investigations at the local, catchment, regional, and national scales, with the specific topics dependent on the skills of the successful candidate

The ideal candidate will have the following:

  • A qualification of a PhD in groundwater modelling or a closely related engineering or scientific field.
  • Experience in leading numerical groundwater modelling teams and projects.
  • Demonstrated success in developing and leading successful research and commercial groundwater modelling proposals.
  • Demonstrated ability to: develop groundwater flow models (including integrated surface water and groundwater models) and coupled nutrient transport models; develop code for linking models and pre-processing input data sets and post processing model outputs; build mathematical models; undertake model parameter and predictive uncertainty analysis; and use the parameter estimation software PEST.
  • GIS skills would be an advantage.
  • Ability to apply geology and hydrogeologic concepts to groundwater research and commercial consultancy problems, in particular in relation to water quality.
  • Experience with local, catchment and regional flow system characterisation for resource assessments, groundwater-surface water interactions, aquifer characterisation, and/or water quality assessment.
  • Quality scientific publication record and high level of commitment and motivation to performing quality scientific work.
  • Experience in personnel and project management.
  • Experience in marketing and business development with respect to groundwater modelling.
  • Excellent communication skills, with the ability to make oral and written scientific reports in English.

Deadline: 9 February 2020

For further information on both positions, including job descriptions, please visit: https://careers.sciencenewzealand.org/gns-science/gns-science-jobs

posted: 09 January 2020     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.