Surface Water - Ground Water Transport Modeller

Christchurch, New Zealand 🇳🇿

NIWA is New Zealand’s leading provider of natural resources and environmental research and applied science services, specialising in atmospheric, climate, freshwater and marine research, with more than 600 staff across 15 sites around New Zealand.

We are seeking an outstanding mid-career Surface Water-Groundwater Transport Modeller to join NIWA’s large, collegial and highly-skilled hydrology team. We are looking for a positive team player who is enthusiastic about hydrological science, and has a proactive, problem-solving attitude.

The Surface Water-Groundwater Transport Modeller will lead and contribute to surface water-groundwater model development and applications, and process-based investigations of surface water-groundwater interactions and solute dynamics. Specific project topics may range from catchment-scale surface water-groundwater models to regional water-allocation planning, climate change and ecology. Many of the projects will be multidisciplinary and the project teams may include resource management and water quality scientists, ecologists, geomorphologists, catchment modellers, climatologists, engineers and planners, in addition to hydrologists.

Requirements for the position are:

  • PhD or equivalent post-graduate degree or equivalent experience, specialising in hydrology, surface water-groundwater transport or a related relevant field.
  • Good track record as indicated by peer-reviewed publications.
  • Experience in hydrological modelling, with a focus on surface water-groundwater interactions and/or shallow groundwater systems.
  • Demonstrated experience in industry standard modelling systems such as MODFLOW, FEFLOW, MT3D and PHREEQC.
  • Experience in leading and participating in multi-disciplinary research investigations and teams.
  • Experience in GIS and time-series data compilation and analysis.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of hydrological processes across spatial and temporal scales and across a range of hydro-chemical environments.
  • Advance skills in advanced data analysis, such as data interpolation, data mining and statistical analysis.
  • Software development experience in one or more of the following: R, MatLab, Fortran, IDL, Python, and/or C on Windows and Unix systems.
  • Demonstrated scientific reporting skills and an ability to communicate technical matters to technical and general audiences.

This is an exciting opportunity to join New Zealand’s internationally renowned environmental research organisation, and work as part of a progressive and innovative team.