Engineering Geologist / Geomorphologist

Lower Hutt, New Zealand

GNS Science, Te Pū Ao occupies a unique place in New Zealand's science landscape. For more than 150 years we've been producing world-leading Western knowledge-based Earth science research. Now, our practice is evolving to explore and include mātauranga Māori in our research. This - coupled with people who are passionate and committed to science that has real impact - means we are actively working to bringing our vision of a cleaner, safer, more prosperous New Zealand to life. GNS offers a supportive, flexible work environment and professional career development.

We are seeking a mid-career Engineering Geologist or Engineering Geomorphologist, specialising in soil mechanics, slope instability and landslide processes to undertake a range of research and consultancy projects relating to landslide hazards and their associated risks.

You will have:

  • A MSc or PhD in Engineering Geology or Engineering Geomorphology discipline associated with landslide research
  • 3- 5 years' experience in Engineering Geology or Engineering Geomorphology research and/or consulting
  • Essential skills or experience in:
    • Ability to design and/or undertake laboratory experiments to measure the strength properties of Earth materials to examine the failure mechanisms of landslides and hillslopes.
    • Experience working in engineering geological/geomorphological research and/or consulting.
  • Desirable skills or experience in:
    • Experience with geo-spatial, statistical, or stability modelling packages for slopes and landslides.
    • Experience supervising technicians and/or other staff to undertake laboratory experiments.
    • Field-based skills in mapping, rock mass survey and assessment, geophysics and sampling.
    • Ability to contribute to small and large scale multi-disciplinary teams to deliver research focused projects.
    • Ability to support and deliver consultancy projects on Engineering Geology, Engineering Geomorphology issues to a variety of public and commercial sector clients.
    • A willingness to work with Iwi/Maori groups and organisations to build relationships with the aim of facilitating Maori development
  • In addition, the preferred candidate should have:
    • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with experience in report writing and leading/ co-authoring scientific journal articles
    • A flexible and adaptable team player mentality
    • Good time management and organisational skills
    • Strong problem-solving skills

On top of the technical skills required, you'll also need to work independently, apply initiative as well as take instruction from a range of staff, have high levels of energy and drive and want to work for a changing and evolving organisation.

This position is for permanent, full time (38 hours per week) employment and will be based at our site in Lower Hutt, Wellington region.

The salary range for this position is between $81,700 to $108,050 depending on the successful candidate's experience.


People come from all over the world to work for GNS Science. We foster a positive, collaborative culture, we invest in our people, and we provide a safe, diverse and inclusive workplace, on-site parking and a stable workforce.

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Applications close: 16 March 2023

posted: 02 March 2023     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.