Catchment Modeller

Hamilton, , NZ

NIWA is a dynamic research organisation whose purpose is to enhance the economic value and sustainable management of New Zealand’s aquatic resources and environments, to improve understanding of climatic and the atmospheric processes, and increase resilience to weather and climate hazards.

We are seeking an experienced water quality modeller to join our Catchment Processes Group to provide leadership and expertise in catchment processes, diffuse agricultural pollution, or contaminant transport and effects modelling. You will develop and apply catchment and receiving water models to address water quality issues in New Zealand. The position may also entail mathematical modelling of other natural resource systems. You will apply your modelling skills to a broad range of projects within NIWA’s research and consultancy activities. Your work will inform decision-making and policy development relating to land-water management.

Ideally you will have a PhD degree in applied mathematics, environmental engineering, environmental science, or computational hydrology, several years’ experience following a post-doctoral placement plus work in a research organisation or consultancy. You will have obtained experience in the following areas: a range of catchment modelling applications, securing research and commercial project funding, managing complex technical projects and have a strong publication record. Strong mathematics or computer modelling skills with experience of programming languages such Python, C# or FORTRAN, MatLab and R are essential. Demonstrated ability to plan, organise and lead scientific investigations is important. Knowledge and experience of the environmental, natural resource and economic sectors in New Zealand and the Pacific would be a distinct advantage.