Cawthron Institute is looking for an experienced Oceanographer/Scientist to join our Healthy Oceans group. We have a role within our Oceanography team which could expand into a leadership role. Are you ready to take the next step in your career?

About Cawthron

As New Zealand's largest independent science organisation, our world-class science supports the growth of primary industries and the protection of the marine and freshwater environments. Based in Nelson, New Zealand, we focus on growing and ensuring the safety of our seafood sector, developing bioactive resources and improving the health of our freshwater ecosystems and oceans.

Since our establishment 100 years ago we have firmly focused on research that contributes to the economic growth of New Zealand and the preservation of our special environment. Our scientists have been able to identify emerging areas of research that support the growth of a sustainable and prosperous New Zealand

About the role

We are looking for an oceanographer, with skills spanning physical oceanography and bio-physical processes to join our oceanography and modelling team. The team's work is extremely diverse, spanning observational oceanography and modelling, to sustainably manage our environment and its resources. We require an additional resource to expand our capability.

You will have a PhD in a relevant field, be a self-starter and be able to creatively problem solve. You will also be able to code solutions to problems with large complex data sets, e.g. strong skills in Python, MATLAB or R. Additional experience in numerical modelling, bio-geochemical modelling, or satellite remote sensing, would be an advantage.

The primary purpose of this role is to undertake oceanographic research and consulting projects in collaboration with diverse teams of marine and freshwater scientists. To develop models and analyse oceanographic data while communicating results through written reports, scientific publications and oral presentations.

The successful applicant will join an experienced team of people dedicated to delivering independent world-class science to protect and restore New Zealand's marine environment. Cawthron is a diverse organisation, employing around 300 scientists, laboratory technicians, researchers and specialist staff from 35 countries. We pride ourselves on providing a supportive and family-like environment for staff to thrive and reach their potential. While creativity, collaboration and impact are encouraged, there is a strong focus on ensuring scientists have a healthy work-life balance and contribute to the Nelson community. This is a full-time permanent position, based in Nelson, New Zealand.

Why work for us?

At Cawthron, we make sure our employees are looked after. We offer life and income protection insurance benefits along with a positive, supportive environment where you will be a valued team member. There are plenty of opportunities to be involved in workplace events, ranging from science seminars to cultural, social and wellness events. Onsite collaboration is valued but agreed working from home hours are possible.


We may conduct pre-employment checks, including but not limited to, verification of qualifications, eligibility to work in New Zealand, and background police checks.

If you are interested in this opportunity, please apply by Sunday, 9 October 2022 with your CV and a cover letter.

For more information about working at Cawthron please go to: https://www.cawthron.org.nz/working-at-cawthron/

Enquires can be directed to grant.hopkins@cawthron.org.nz

posted: 12 September 2022     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.