Geospatial Research Scientist

Updated: 3 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 14 Jun 2023

Te Kura Aronukurangi | School of Earth and Environment
Located in Ōtautahi | Christchurch, Aotearoa | New Zealand

  • Full-time 37.5 hours per week (1.0 FTE)
  • Fixed term for 24 months
  • Generous annual leave provisions and professional development opportunities

Āu Mahi | What You Will Do
The Waterways Centre is seeking to appoint a Geospatial Research Scientist to join our team advancing innovative applications of airborne and terrestrial remote sensing within the Earth and Environmental Sciences.  In this new role, you will develop a programme of internationally leading research and consultancy services that leverage our state-of-the-art lidar and remote sensing facilities.  You will work within a collaborative team with expertise in Earth observation, the environmental and Earth sciences and we are particularly interested in candidates keen to develop a programme of agenda setting research in geomorphology.  You will have the opportunity to supervise graduate students within the Waterways Centre and across the wider School of Earth and Environment and collaborate widely with researchers across cognate disciplines within the University of Canterbury.           

Mōu | Who You Are
To be considered for the role you must have a PhD in Earth/environmental science, remote sensing, or a relevant cognate field. You will also have:

  • Demonstrated ability to develop and lead innovative research and consultancy programmes in the environmental or Earth Sciences.
  • Expertise in the acquisition and modelling of geospatial data (including GNSS, lidar and photogrammetry).
  • Demonstrated record of high research productivity.
  • Prior experience/interest in graduate student supervision.
  • Ability to communicate complex ideas and concepts efficiently.
  • Demonstrated ability and willingness to generate research income.
  • Actively and constructively participates in discussions on own performance.
  • Willingness to engage professionally with diversity and understand bicultural issues and The Treaty of Waitangi.
  • Demonstrated acceptable relevant administration, and/or University and/or professional service contribution.

Mahi Ngātahi | Who You Will Work With
You will be based in the Waterways Centre at the University of Canterbury. The Waterways Centre strives to bring together bright minds and with state of the art skills to address freshwater challenges in Aotearoa New Zealand and beyond. To learn more about the Waterways Centre, please visit .

The position will involve extensive collaboration with our partners at Christchurch Helicopters.

Ngā Painga o UC | Why UC
Tangata Tū, Tangata Ora - Engaged, Empowered, Making a Difference.

The University of Canterbury is committed to accessible higher education, service to community and the encouragement of talent without barriers of distance, wealth, class, gender or ethnicity. The University explicitly aims to produce graduates and support staff who are engaged with their communities, empowered to act for good and determined to make a difference in the world.

What we offer

  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Supportive working environment
  • Generous annual leave provisions and competitive salary
  • Professional development opportunities
  • A unique working environment in a beautiful campus with access to UC facilities such as the recreation centre and Staff club at discounted rates plus onsite café's and eateries, and more

For more information, please visit:

For more information about Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha | University of Canterbury, please visit

The salary for this position is $85,000-$90,000 (pa).

The closing date for this position is: 14th June (midnight, NZ time)
Applications will be reviewed after the close date.

Pēhea te tono mai | How You Apply
Applications for this position must be submitted on our careers websit e and should include a cover letter and resume.  Please note, we do not accept applications by email, however we are happy to answer your queries in relation to the application process, please forward these to  

For further information specifically about the role, please contact:

For overseas applicants, please visit Immigration New Zealand website  or the New Zealand Government's official Covid-19 website , to review the latest health and visa requirements for visiting and working in New Zealand. 

Job Details
Reference # 15559
Posted on 30 May 2023
Closes on 14 Jun 2023 23:55
Location(s) Christchurch
Expertise Research & Development
Job level(s) Experienced
Work type(s) Fixed term full-time
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