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GNS Science, Te Pῡ Ao occupies a unique place in New Zealand’s science landscape. For more than 150 years we’ve been producing world-leading Western knowledge-based Earth science research. Now, our practice is evolving to explore and include mātauranga Māori in our research. This – coupled with people who are passionate and committed to science that has real impact – means we are actively working to bringing our vision of a cleaner, safer, more prosperous New Zealand to life. GNS offers a supportive, flexible work environment and professional career development.


The Role

We are seeking a mid-career to senior Engineering Geologist or Engineering Geomorphologist, specialising in soil mechanics, ground behaviour and stability (e.g. liquefaction), and landslide processes to undertake a range of research and consultancy projects relating to ground deformation and landslide hazards and their associated risks.

You will have:

  •  A MSc or PhD in Engineering Geology, Engineering Geomorphology, or Civil Engineering discipline (or equivalent qualification)
  • 5-15 years’ experience in Engineering Geology, Engineering Geomorphology, or Civil Engineering research and/or consulting

 Essential skills or experience in:

  • Ability to secure funding for, design, lead, and undertake laboratory experiments to measure the strength properties of soil or soft-rock materials to research the failure mechanisms of ground materials (e.g. liquefaction) and hillslopes (e.g. landslides).
  • Experience working in engineering geological/geomorphological research and/or consulting related to the failure mechanisms of ground materials (e.g. liquefaction) and hillslopes (e.g. landslides).

Desirable skills or experience in:

  • Experience supervising technicians and/or other staff to undertake laboratory experiments.
  • Ability to lead and/or contribute to small and large scale multi-disciplinary teams to deliver research focused projects.
  • Ability to support and deliver consultancy projects on Engineering Geology, Engineering Geomorphology issues to a variety of public and commercial sector clients.
  • Field-based skills in engineering geological and/or geomorphological mapping, sampling, and site investigation.
  • Experience with geo-spatial, statistical, or stability modelling packages for engineering geology and/or landslide science applications
  • A willingness to work with Iwi/Maori groups and organisations to build relationships with the aim of facilitating Maori development

In addition, the preferred candidate should have:

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, with experience in report writing and leading/ co-authoring scientific journal articles
  • A flexible and adaptable team player mentality
  • Good time management and organisational skills
  • Strong problem-solving skills

On top of the technical skills required, you’ll also need to work independently, apply initiative as well as take instruction from a range of staff, have high levels of energy and drive and want to work for a changing and evolving organisation.

This position is a permanent, full time (38 hours per week) role and will be based at our site in Lower Hutt, Wellington region.


The salary range for this position is between $97,245 to $127,300 depending on the successful candidate’s experience.



People come from all over the world to work for GNS Science. We foster a positive, collaborative culture, we invest in our people, and we provide a safe, diverse and inclusive workplace, on-site parking and a stable workforce.

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Applications close: 11.55 pm on Monday, 5 June


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