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Employer: Institute of Environmental Science and Research Ltd (ESR)

Role: Groundwater Scientist or Senior Scientist – Full time Permanent

Location: Christchurch Science Centre, Christchurch

About ESR

ESR is a Crown Research Institute, working with and for clients and stakeholders to deliver enhanced scientific research services for the economic, environmental, and social wellbeing of New Zealand.  ESR has approximately 400 staff with sites across New Zealand.

We are currently seeking someone with a great attitude and the skills to match to take up a permanent Groundwater Scientist or Senior Scientist role within our Groundwater team in Christchurch.

Your new role

Reporting to the Groundwater Manager, you would be responsible for carrying out complex and novel projects which may require the development of new techniques, and managing all aspects, including financial, of a significant project(s). You would be expected to write major client reports, publish in peer-reviewed scientific journals, and present work via oral presentations at conferences. You may be asked to interact with other areas of ESR, and provide advice for clients, local and central government.

What you'll need to succeed

We are seeking a highly motivated, team-focused researcher with expertise in hydrogeochemistry and hydrogeology.  Experience in design and carrying out of field experimental programmes would be an advantage. The preferred applicant will have a post-graduate degree with experience in groundwater contamination investigations and research. Experience interacting with stakeholders and public health professionals would be desirable. A PhD degree and/or consultancy experience would be an advantage.

What you'll get in return

You will get to work with a passionate team, who take pride in the quality of their work and have the opportunity to carry out groundwater research and consultancy projects. The team is recognised as being at the forefront of its field, internationally and nationally. The groundwater research team’s work addresses issues associated with land-use intensification and its effects on groundwater quality.  You will also get to be part of a very unique institution that supports the wellbeing of the community and wider New Zealand.

ESR promotes active work/life policies including family-friendly initiatives and flexible hours. You’ll receive ongoing personal development, free car parking as well as access to a Southern Cross group membership scheme.

To Apply

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Please note the successful applicant will be required to complete a pre-employment drug-screen and police records check as conditions of employment

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