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River Modeller/Hydrodynamics Engineer

River Modeller/Hydrodynamics Engineer

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National Institute of Water & Atmospheric Research (NIWA)

NIWA is a dynamic research organisation whose purpose is to enhance the economic value and sustainable management of New Zealand’s marine and freshwater resources, to provide understanding of climate and atmospheric state and processes, and increase resilience to weather and climate-related hazards to improve safety and wellbeing of New Zealanders.


Christchurch, New Zealand


Relevant division
Hydrological Sciences (HS)

Full time



Preferred education

Application deadline
11 December 2019

27 November 2019

Job description

We are seeking an established scientist or engineer to contribute to and lead research and consulting projects with a focus on modelling and analysis of river hydraulics, sediment transport and river geomorphology. Specific project topics may range from assessing the effects of water abstraction and gravel extraction on river geomorphology, modelling the effects of extreme events, to analysing suspended sediment data to develop regional predictive models. There is scope to develop and lead external research proposals to further grow NIWA’s portfolio in river research and consultancy to meet the expected growth in demand.

As our preferred candidate, you will have advanced skills in applying and development of 1d and 2d hydraulic and sediment transport models, including development of automated routines for model pre- and post-processing, processing topographic datasets using remotely sensed (e.g., LiDAR) field data. You will have several years’ relevant consultancy or applied research experience, following PhD qualification. Your abilities should include demonstrated achievements in research innovation, well-developed data analysis skills, excellent writing skills for both scientific papers and applied consultancy reports, the ability to communicate your work clearly, and experience through all stages of a project from proposal to delivery.

If you meet these criteria and are a positive team player, with a proactive, problem-solving attitude, we look forward to receiving your application.
For more information contact Dr. Jo Hoyle (

How to apply

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