Based at NIWA in Wellington, New Zealand
Permanent, full-time, working jointly for NIWA and NeSI, but hosted by 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.

The New Zealand eScience Infrastructure (NeSI) facilitates access by public sector, academic and private industry researchers to NIWA and the University of Auckland’s High Performance Computing (HPC) facilities. NeSI helps researchers through providing advice for ‘on-boarding’ to these facilities, managing data transfer and storage, as well as resolving complex computational and modelling requirements.

We are seeking a data scientist or data science engineer to work closely with researchers from a wide range of disciplines such as social, biological, environmental, biomedical and materials science and engineering. The position involves advising and assisting researchers with processing and analysing their datasets efficiently on the advanced HPC platforms and helping them build and optimise complex data pipelines, models, and workflows. You will represent NIWA and NeSI as data science authorities in national and international communities.

You need a recognized tertiary qualification in statistics, mathematics, data science or other relevant disciplines and strong skills in machine learning/deep learning
You will need experience with developing data science applications, preferably in a research environment
You will be an expert in a scripting language, such as Python or R, and interested in learning new skills, tools and methods
You will need experience with Linux and working on HPC or data analytics platforms
You will need to be well organised and have good communication skills, and you should be comfortable operating in a team environment. You will also need tenacity to persevere with difficult tasks and remain results oriented, with good customer focus.

NIWA offers competitive remuneration and benefits and an attractive waterfront location in Wellington. Are you passionate about supporting researchers to make world leading discoveries? Do you thrive on the challenge of working across different and complex disciplines? If so, then this is the position for you.

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