Science Advisor, Statistician, Hamilton, Wellington or Christchurch | Christchurch

Posted on 29-Sep-2017
Application close date: 30-Oct-2017

Do you want an interesting and challenging consultancy role in conservation?

Are you looking at broadening your horizons and applying your knowledge and skills to address novel statistical and conservation problems?

We are looking for a highly motivated applied statistician to strengthen the department's statistical work from within the Planning, Monitoring and Reporting team. This permanent position is a unique opportunity to contribute to the statistical design, analysis, and training underpinning the science base for conserving NZ's native biodiversity and facilitating enjoyment of our natural and cultural heritage. In your role you will have the chance to engage in complex interesting statistical problems that benefit conservation while working with the New Zealand and international statistical community.

Essential qualifications and skills required for this role:

• PhD or Masters level qualification in statistics or equivalent

• Experience applying statistics – from work, internship or dissertation project

• Statistical programming experience (preferably R)

• Written and oral communications skills, including the ability to convey complex statistical concepts to a wide audience.

• Experience with observational study design and analysis

Other skills:

• Reproducible research methods using Version Control Systems, RMarkdown/Knitter, or LaTeX

• Teaching experience

• Experience with social and/or ecological studies

As the successful candidate you will be encouraged to travel across New Zealand to engage with staff in many different offices. You will have opportunities to become involved hands on with data in the field, including on monitoring programmes you helped design. You will apply your significant knowledge and experience to make a major impact on conservation management across New Zealand.

Please apply online.  Applications must include a cover letter, CV and evidence of the required capabilities as per the role description. Please make sure to address the bullet points above in the CV and/or covering letter. 

For any queries, please contact Helene Thygesen, hthygesen@doc.govt.nz telephone +64 275705941, quoting vacancy 500/6102.

Applications close at 5 pm on Monday, 30 October 2017.

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