14 Sep 2021

Fixed-term Research Assistant and Coordinator | Science Faculty

The University of Auckland – Te Whare Wananga o Tamaki Makaurau – Posted by University of AucklandAuckland, New Zealand

Auckland Uni 19

Job Description

Waipapa Taumata Rau | The University of Auckland

The University of Auckland is New Zealand’s leading university, with a turnover of $1.3bn, including research revenue of over $300m generated across eight diverse faculties and two research institutes. We employ more than 5400 academic and professional staff to support over 45,000 students, making us one of NZ’s largest employers.

Our mission and values place strong emphasis on both our student body and our scholarly community, and we work with both community and enterprise to advance the well-being of the peoples of Auckland and New Zealand, with a clear commitment to pursuing sustainability.

Te Whiwhinga mahi | The opportunity

We are seeking a Research Assistant to provide project coordination for the MBIE funded research project entitled Assessing and Managing the Risk of Carcinogenic Erionite in New Zealand. This is a multi-disciplinary project, with Principal Investigators in Environmental Sciences and Public Health across multiple universities.

Your role will be to ensure that administrative processes which support the functioning of the project are completed in a timely manner and to facilitate communication between all the teams. This includes budget management and reporting as required by MBIE.

It’s important that you are able to provide effective and timely communication with end-users. It will be part of your responsibility to establish, strengthen and maintain relationships across a large group of stakeholders to support the ongoing development and maintenance of our website and webinar series. You will also provide additional analytical, laboratory and field support as suited to your background and our areas of study.

As well as assisting with field/lab activities you will also have a hand in the preparation of manuscripts and research documentation, but the main focus of your activities will be centred on your ability to project manage, build relationships and get tasks done before deadlines are due.

Organisation and management                

  • Coordinate webinar series, including invitations, advertising and management.
  • Update and manage website
  • Produce end-user newsletters
  • Ensure regular meetings of team members are organised with agenda, minutes, follow-ups.
  • Manage communications with public and end-users
  • Record/document all correspondence
  • Update and manage reference library
  • Manage TEAMs database to efficiently record and store all information

Stakeholder engagement           

  • Assist with the organisation of stakeholder events
  • Provide support to project management board

For more detailed information, please refer to the Position Description. 

Mō tō mātou rōpū | About the team

Ko te whare Pūtaiao | The Faculty of Science at the University of Auckland is the leading science faculty in New Zealand and one of the largest in Australasia and undertakes world-class research across the physical, biological and computational sciences.

Our erionite research team is led by a core team of 5 academics from across the University, who are supported by over 40 other research active academics in universities and research institutes as well as key stakeholders from industry. We currently have 2 postdocs and 7 PhD students, as well as a number of research assistants working on the project. This dynamic research area is characterised by rapid change and effective inter-and intra-group communication is critical. The group seeks to provide research support to develop the evidence base needed to ensure timely information on the risks posed by erionite in New Zealand, and key mitigation strategies, are communicated to a range of different stakeholders.

He kōrero mōu | About you

We are seeking a Post-graduate, trained in a science or social science who has some knowledge of how to project manage. It would be helpful but not essential for you to have experience managing and synthesising qualitative and quantitative information for engagement and outreach purposes

Nga Pūkenga Motuhake | Important Skills

  • Relationship management skills
  • Competence with all Office software
  • Competence in Team/Project management software (e.g. Trello)
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills

Ngā āhuatanga kei a mātou | What we offer

The University of Auckland is New Zealand’s leading university and maintains significant computational, laboratory and analytic facilities. Auckland itself is frequently rated as one of the world’s most liveable cities.

The University is committed to providing an excellent working environment through:

  • Flexible employment practices (including working from home, flexible hours)
  • Up to 6.75% company superannuation scheme
  • A competitive salary with five weeks’ annual leave

In addition, we also offer career development programmes, discounted car parking, a generous parental leave allowance, childcare and a number of other discounts on internal and external services.

For more information please visit Staff Benefits.

Me pēhea te tuku tono | How to apply

Applications must be submitted online, by the closing date of Tuesday, 28th September 2021 to be considered. Please include your cover letter and CV highlighting how you can meet the skills and experiences detailed above.

Please reach out to Neil Constable via neil.constable@auckland.ac.nz for a confidential conversation. Please note we are happy to answer your questions but we do not accept applications by email.

Additional Information

In accordance with our commitment to equitable recruitment, the University welcomes applications from all suitably qualified and experienced candidates. In response to COVID-19 the New Zealand Government has imposed a travel ban and are currently only allowing New Zealand Residents, Citizens and visa holders meeting a strict exception policy to enter the country, all of whom must currently enter Government approved quarantine for two weeks on arrival.

It is uncertain when these border restrictions will change, and this may impact the degree to which an off-shore candidate can engage in the interview process; or be available to commence in a new position. For more information and updates on the border restrictions visit the Immigration New Zealand website or the New Zealand Government’s official Covid-19 website.

The University is committed to meeting its obligations under the Treaty of Waitangi and achieving equity outcomes for staff and students in a safe, inclusive and equitable environment. For further information on services for Māori, Pacific, women, LGBTQITakatāpui+, people with disabilities, parenting support, flexible work and other equity issues go to equity.auckland.ac.nz.

How to Apply

In order to apply you will first need to register with the University by completing an online user profile via their website. APPLY NOW by clicking HERE to register with the University's website. Please combine your cover letter and CV as one document when submitting your application. To successfully download the full Job Description you should ensure you have pop-up blocker disabled and file downloads enabled (in Internet Explorer enabling file downloads is done by navigating to Tools > Internet Options > Security > Custom Level and select radio button to enable File Downloads). If you are experiencing difficulty in any aspect of the application process or if you do not receive a confirmation email that you have applied for a role, please contact recruitment@auckland.ac.nz or Phone 09 923 1115. Applications close: Tuesday, 28th September 2021

Job Categories: Research. Job Types: Fixed-term. Job expires in 8 days.

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