Technical Lead (Drinking Water/Hazardous Substances Group)

Institute of Environmental Science and Research Ltd (ESR)

Christchurch, , NZ

Full time – Permanent

Institute of Environmental Science and Research Ltd (ESR)

About ESR
ESR is a Crown Research Institute which delivers scientific research services for the economic, environmental and social wellbeing of New Zealand. 

About the role

Our Intelligence for Action Group is looking for a knowledgeable and driven Technical Lead for our drinking water and hazardous substance team. Much of the work of this team is conducted for the Ministry of Health and is focused on drinking water supply and treatment issues.  Over time an expanded client base is developing, and the focus is shifting towards hazardous substances toxicology and chemical risk assessment. The position requires both team management as well as the provision of scientific expertise and advice.

The successful candidate would have a postgraduate qualification in chemistry, risk assessment, and/or toxicology.  Knowledge of drinking water regulations and treatment chemistry would be an advantage. 

In the role you will

  • Lead and maintain effective oversight, management and coordination of the drinking water/hazardous substances team and their work programme
  • Collaborate with the Ministry of Health primary contact for the team
  • Collaborate with the Risk Assessment and Social Systems group manager
  • Ensure the delivery of high-quality results and reports to clients, particularly the Ministry of Health
  • Provide chemical expertise in relation to chemical issues in drinking water, including advice on testing, test interpretation, treatment effects, hazards in drinking water.
  • Provide risk assessment or toxicological expertise to support team capability in chemical risk assessment

To be successful ideally you will have:

  • An appropriate postgraduate qualification in chemistry/risk assessment/toxicology and has significant experience as recognised by their peers and clients at a national level.
  • Knowledge of the interpretation of health-based exposure limits
  • Knowledge of drinking water treatment processes

If this sounds like you, then we can offer you

  • A chance to make a difference for the good of New Zealand
  • An exciting and diverse environment
  • Active work/life policies including family-friendly initiatives, flexible hours and additional leave

A pre-employment drug-screen, disclosure of criminal charges/convictions and proof of academic qualifications/papers are conditions of employment for this position





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