Social Scientist

Cawthron Institute

Nelson, New Zealand

Cawthron Institute has an exciting opportunity for an early career researcher to join our Social Science team. The successful candidate will lead and contribute to research and consultancy projects on people-environment relationships, often collaborating with our freshwater and coastal scientists to protect and restore our natural environments.

The position is based in Nelson at New Zealand’s largest independent research organisation. We are a diverse organisation employing around 300 scientists, technicians, and other staff from 35 countries.
We pride ourselves in providing a supportive, family-like environment for staff to thrive and reach their potential. Creativity, collaboration and impact are encouraged, and there is a strong focus on ensuring scientists have a healthy work-life balance and contribute to the Nelson community.

Job Description:
The position involves using diverse social science methods to enhance understanding of human drivers of and responses to environmental change, in both research and consultancy projects, to generate positive impact for communities and the environment. You will co-lead cross-cultural work in Fish Futures, a transdisciplinary research programme undertaken in partnership with Māori researchers, iwi and freshwater fish managers, with opportunities to contribute to other projects as well as develop your own research.

You will be joining an active, collaborative team that is engaged in both critical research and practical issues of the day with tangata whenua, businesses, councils, and central government.

Desired skills and experience:
We are looking for someone with a PhD or Masters in a relevant discipline. The ideal candidate would have excellent knowledge of social science literature, methods and ethics, including working with Māori or other indigenous peoples; experience in community-based research or engagement; and strong interpersonal and communication skills. In addition to skills in interviewing and critical analysis, we are interested in candidates who can bring expertise in other disciplines and methods, such as qualitative surveys, discourse analysis, environmental policy, benefit-cost analysis, facilitation, art-science, or GIS for social science.

Familiarity with tikanga and kaupapa Māori research would be an advantage. Applications from Māori social scientists are encouraged.

This is an exciting opportunity for a social scientist to join an interdisciplinary team that prides itself on connecting science and society. If this sounds like you, we’d like to hear from you.

If this sounds like you, we’d like to hear from you. Please apply with a CV and cover letter by Wednesday 8th June 2022. Note: applicants will be contacted after 13 June regarding the outcome of their application.

Any enquiries, or for a copy of the role description please email: [email protected]

14 days remaining

Apply by 8 June, 2022