Isotope Geochemist

Lower Hutt, New Zealand

GNS Science is New Zealand's primary Institute for research on understanding earthquake hazards We seek a highly motivated, experienced scientist to undertake scientific research into understanding groundwater processes using environmental tracers including hydrochemistry, isotopes, age tracers and noble gases. The role includes the development of new approaches for using these tools to enable improved groundwater resource management for New Zealand. You will work with a team of hydrogeologists, geochemists, modellers and environmental scientists as part of GNS's Groundwater research programme. The position will be based at GNS Science in Wellington, New Zealand.

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.


  • Apply the environmental tracer techniques in the field of hydrogeology, and develop new approaches for the use of these techniques in order to provide information about groundwater processes
  • Maintain analytical laboratory methodologies including tritium enrichment, liquid scintillation spectroscopy, gas chromatography, and mass spectrometry and oversee sample processing in consultation with the Laboratory Lead Scientist
  • Develop new analytical equipment to improve sensitivities and enable analysis of newly emerging environmental tracers
  • Contribute to research planning with the Programme Leaders and in consultation with Lead Scientist

The position offers an opportunity to work with a multi-disciplinary team on both laboratory and data analysis and interpretation. Ideal candidates will show flexibility, teamwork and strong communication skills.

About you

The ideal candidate will have the following:

  • A PhD in isotope geochemistry, earth sciences, physical sciences or similar
  • Experience and track record with environmental tracer application in hydrogeology
  • Experience with analytical equipment
  • Strong record of publishing research papers in scientific journals
  • Strong coding and computer programming skills
  • The ability to interpret and clearly communicate scientific data and results through written papers and oral presentations to a range of stakeholder.
  • The ability to develop and lead new research proposals

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.

Want to know more?

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Applications close: 10 November 2020

posted: 26 October 2020     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.