24 Jun 2022

Permanent Social Research Coordinator | Psychology

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

Ko te whare Pūtaiao | The Faculty of Science at the University of Auckland is the largest and most highly ranked science faculty in New Zealand. The Faculty of Science is ranked among the top 90 science faculties worldwide by the QS World University Rankings. The 10 departments and schools that form the Faculty of Science represent the breadth and diversity of science in our modern world.

Te Kura Mātai Hinengaro The School of Psychology is the largest in New Zealand and has international research leaders across a wide range of research fields, including social, clinical, developmental, behavioural, and evolutionary psychology and cognitive neuroscience. We have professional postgraduate programmes in clinical psychology, applied behaviour analysis, and speech science. The School has extensive research space and a significant investment in research infrastructure, and has recently moved into a new building with state-of-the-art facilities. We strive to be an inclusive and collaborative community of scholars.

The University is committed to meeting its obligations under New Zealand’s Treaty of Waitangi and achieving equity outcomes for staff and students. The University provides on-site early childhood centres for infants and pre-school children and has parental leave and flexible work policies supporting a balance between work, life, family and caring responsibilities. We invite and encourage applications from members of groups traditionally underrepresented in the sciences.

Te Whiwhinga mahi | The opportunity

The School of Psychology is seeking to appoint a Social Research Coordinator to provide specialised technical support and advice to postgraduate students, researchers, and academic staff for research activity in the area of Social and Developmental Psychology.

As a Social Research Coordinator, you will bring your passion for Social and Developmental Psychology in providing a range of specialist technical support across a variety of quantitative and qualitative research projects.

You will be the go-to person and subject matter expert where you will provide advice on the full social and developmental psychology research lifecycle from cohort studies, ethics approvals, cultural sensitivities, and policies regarding research. You will also support in writing reports, grant applications and research data management (e.g., SONA).

As you will also be working with a variety of stakeholders; from academic staff to students; the ability to work with a range of stakeholders will contribute to your success in this role.

Nga Pūkenga Motuhake | Important Skills

To be successful in this role, you will have;

  • A Master’s degree in Social or Developmental Psychology (or related discipline such as Sociology)
  • Experience in technical research support in areas relevant to Social or Developmental Psychology, or government, including the use of a range of different research methods and analysis techniques for quantitative and qualitative research designs.
  • Experience supporting ethics applications for a range of research projects involving different sample populations and methodologies.
  • Intermediate level experience using research analysis software (e.g., SPSS, NVivo, R).
  • A theoretical understanding and practical skills in Social Science research designs (including experimental designs) and methods (including qualitative and quantitative methods) relevant to Social and Developmental Psychology.
  • Sound understanding of research ethics
  • Exceptional organisational, time management and stakeholder management/negotiation skills
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills to interact with a variety of stakeholders, from academics to students
  • A positive can-do attitude and be a positive contributor in a team environment.

This is a Permanent, Fulltime (37.5 hrs/week) role
Remuneration: $62,000 – $72,000 negotiable on experience

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

Mō tō mātou rōpū | About the team

We are an interesting group of research and teaching technicians; each of our work is very individual.  Our team is diverse working across the school of psychology and the department of exercise sciences.

He kōrero mōu | About you

You will be someone who enjoys supporting others and bring to the role a good cultural understanding as well as political decorum.  You will genuinely enjoy supporting others and be adaptable to our non-constant environment.  You will be a bit of a wordsmith who is open to learning and growth within this role.

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:

  • Excellent working environment and flexible employment practices (hybrid model)
  • 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 Friday, 15th July 2022 to be considered. Please include your cover letter and your CV highlighting how you can meet the skills and experiences detailed above.

Please reach out to Veema Lodhia via v.lodhia@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


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 www.equity.auckland.ac.nz 


How to Apply

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