Senior Fisheries Scientist
Full time, permanent position (37.5 hours per week)
NIWA is a dynamic research organisation and New Zealand's largest and pre-eminent provider of climate, freshwater, and marine science. Our core purpose is to enhance the economic value and sustainable management of New Zealand's aquatic resources and environments, to provide an understanding of climate and the atmosphere, and increase resilience to weather and climate hazards to improve safety and wellbeing of New Zealanders.
The National Centre for Fisheries Research team undertakes research and consultancy services providing impartial scientific advice to inform managers, stakeholders, and Maori to underpin the sustainable management of New Zealand's fishery resources. In addition, our fisheries staff are involved in a wide range of collaborative projects with other NIWA teams, including marine ecology research and biosecurity surveillance.
What we're looking for:
The purpose of this position is to conduct research that investigates population and ecology issues related to the dynamics of marine fish communities, including stock assessments of inshore and shellfish species, and surveys of commercial and recreational fisheries. We seek an experienced fisheries scientist to lead and work as an effective team member across a number of multi-disciplinary projects, applying specialist expertise in statistical and other quantitative analytical research methods. You will engage widely with fisheries and ecology research staff within and outside of NIWA, providing experimental design and analytical expertise to enhance NIWA's research and consulting activities, seeking external sources of funding for research ideas, and establishing end-user and stakeholder relationships that underpin these research initiatives.
What you will bring:
To be successful in this position you will have expertise in quantitative fisheries science, which may include fisheries survey and stock assessment methods; characterisation of commercial and/or recreational fisheries; single species and ecosystem-based fisheries management; fish ageing and understanding of population dynamics; or other relevant specialities.
A PhD specialising in quantitative fisheries, fish biology, ecosystems research, or equivalent experience, would be advantageous, and at least 5 years of relevant experience is essential. You will have a proven track record preparing research tenders or funding applications, presentations to stakeholder groups, reports and scientific papers and be able to demonstrate the application of relevant statistical principles and methods to fisheries or marine ecosystem questions.
A bit about the position:
The preferred location for this position is Auckland, New Zealand's largest city and the gateway to the stunning waters, islands and beaches of the Hauraki Gulf. NIWA's Auckland office is situated near the vibrant city waterfront, with easy access to public transport options as well as free parking for staff. Along with remuneration in the range $110,000 to $140,000, depending on skills and experience, we offer a wide range of benefits and the opportunity to be part of a nationwide team of world class fisheries science specialists.
The position involves working a 37.5 hour week. NIWA offers flexible working options (e.g., part-time, flexible start and finish times). We are happy to discuss potential flexible options for this position at the interview stage.
NIWA promotes the importance and value of an inclusive and diverse workforce, including the Rainbow Community, and pride ourselves on being a family-friendly and supportive workplace.