Post Doctoral Research Vacancy

We are looking for a hard-working and enthusiastic person to join our team as a Post-Doctoral Researcher supporting social science research that fulfils the mission of Quake CoRE.

This is a fixed term position ending 31 December 2017. The position will be based in Christchurch, New Zealand.

QuakeCoRE is transforming the earthquake resilience of communities and societies, through innovative world‐class research, human capability development, and deep national and international collaborations. It is a Centre of Research Excellence (CoRE) funded by the New Zealand Tertiary Education Commission. This position will support research within the Flagship Five programme which focuses on determining how we decide where to invest our limited resources to most effectively improve New Zealand’s resilience to earthquakes. The successful candidate will focus on developing tools and techniques for aiding decision making on those investment priorities.

About Us

Resilient Organisations is a small research and consulting company that focuses on helping organisations, industries, and economies to thrive in any environment. We also specialise in developing and administering tools and strategies for strategic decision making and resilience assessment. As a social enterprise, we aim to maximize the positive social impact of our work.

What we do

We conduct robust, original research to understand and advance the ability of organisations and systems to anticipate and prepare for, proactively respond to, and recover effectively from disruptions of all kinds. Resilient Organisations also offers services direct to organisations including resilience benchmarking and advising on the best ways to improve resilience.

How we do it

We are a small team who believe work should be fun. We operate a flexible working environment to promote wellbeing inside and outside of work. Our values are key to the way we operate. We work collaboratively within our team, and with our partners, clients and funders to produce high quality, evidence based outputs that make a difference.

The role

In this role, you will work on projects relating to decision making around earthquake resilience. The main tasks will involve:

  • Reading, analysing and accurately synthesising complex material
  • Collecting data through interviews, surveys, and other means
  • Conducting analyses and summarising themes
  • Writing reports and articles for publication
  • Assisting the team in the co-creation of innovative approaches to research problems.

To be considered for this role, you need the ability to:

  • Present ideas clearly and concisely both verbally and in writing
  • Self-motivate to produce quality outputs in a timely manner
  • Work independently and collaborate remotely
  • Ask for help when needed and be comfortable in contributing to group discussions
  • Demonstrate proficiency in managing your own time to ensure projects are completed on time.
  • Effectively plan and maintain interest in long-term projects.

 The successful candidate will need:

  • A PhD from an accredited institution
  • An interest in earthquake resilience
  • A high level of proficiency in Word, Excel, Outlook
  • Some familiarity with referencing software (EndNote or Mendeley)

 To apply for this role, please email your CV and covering letter to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by 15 April 2017. If you would like further information about the position or Resilient Organisations, please call Tracy Hatton on 021 160 7707.