Job vacancy: Research Assistant position

Based in our Christchurch office, you will be working on a broad range of projects spanning resilience research and practice.

One of your major projects will be the Resilience Assessment Warrant of Fitness funded by the Resilience to Nature's Challenge - National Science Challenge.

This is a new project to develop and prototype a bespoke resilience assessment tool with an industry or place-based stakeholder group. Together with the stakeholders we will assess the resilience of a community or sector across a multi-capital model and work collaboratively to develop actionable strategies for resilience improvement. Through this project we will engage with questions that are at the core of the Resilience to Nature's Challenges National Science Challenge including: Who are the 'end users' in resilience assessment, what are their information needs, and what are the best ways to engage end users?  This work will build on the work currently being developed by the Resilience Trajectories Toolbox team, including the suite of resilience indicators and the draft NZ National Resilience Index.

Your main tasks will involve:

  • Working across a variety of research and consulting projects.
  • Reading, analysing, and accurately synthesising complex material.
  • Assisting in the planning and facilitation of workshops.
  • Performing analysis of numerical data.
  • Communicating complex ideas in spoken and written form to a broad audience.
  • Co-authoring and publishing reports and peer-reviewed articles.
  • Assisting the team in the co-creation of innovative approaches to client and 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.

Our people are a priority and play a vital role in our success. Our culture is to encourage and assist with professional development, so you continue to grow.  Your efforts will be rewarded through a competitive salary and career advancement opportunities.

To be successful in this role, you will need:

  • A bachelor's degree and post-graduate qualification from an accredited institution.
  • A high level of proficiency in Word, Excel, Outlook.
  • Experience with statistics and statistical analysis software (SPSS, R etc.)..
  • Some familiarity with referencing software (EndNote or Mendeley).
  • New Zealand citizenship, permanent residency, or a current work VISA.
  • To enjoy a fast-paced collaborative environment.

 

How to apply

To apply for this role, please email your CV and covering letter to Louise Home-Dewar ([email protected]) by 27 November 2017.  If you would like further information about the position or Resilient Organisations, please email or call Dr. Joanne Stevenson, 021 0294 8738 or email [email protected]

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Resilient Organisations Ltd. is looking for a bright and energetic researcher to join our team for a fixed-term research position from January 2018 to December 2018. The successful applicant will be primarily engaged in a project funded by the Resilience to Nature’s Challenges – National Science Challenge but will also have the opportunity to work with the ResOrgs’ team on a broad range of projects spanning resilience research and practice.

Project Overview: Resilience Assessment Warrant of Fitness

In this project we will collaboratively develop and prototype a bespoke resilience assessment tool with an industry or place-based stakeholder group. Together with the stakeholders we will assess the resilience of a community or sector across a multi-capital model, including actionable strategies for resilience improvement in light of the WOF outcomes to attain a given benchmark or assessment maturity level. Through this project we will engage with questions that are at the core of the Resilience to Nature’s Challenges National Science Challenge including: Who are the ‘end users’ in resilience assessment, what are their information needs, and what are the best ways to engage end users?

This work will build on the work currently being developed by the Resilience Trajectories Toolbox team, including the suite of resilience indicators and the draft NZ National Resilience Index.

The role
In this role, you will work across a variety of research and consulting projects. The main tasks will involve:
  • Reading, analysing and accurately synthesising complex material.
  • Planning and conducting workshops with researchers and stakeholders.
  • Communicating complex ideas in spoken and written form to a broad audience.
  • Co-authoring and publishing at least two peer-review articles in the 18-month period.
  • Assisting the team in the co-creation of innovative approaches to client and 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.
  • Switch readily between leading projects and supporting others.
  • 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 bachelor’s degree and post-graduate qualification from an accredited institution.
  • A high level of proficiency in Word, Excel, Outlook.
  • Some familiarity with referencing software (EndNote or Mendeley).
  • Some familiarity with statistical analysis software (SPSS, R etc.).
  • New Zealand citizenship, permanent residency, or a current work VISA for the full term of the position.

To apply for this role, please email your CV and covering letter to Dr. Joanne Stevenson by 27 November 2017.

If you would like further information about the position or Resilient Organisations, please email or call Joanne Stevenson on 021 0294 8738.