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Geospatial Vacancies at Geospatial Research Institute Toi Hangarau

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

The Geospatial Research Institute (GRI) Toi Hangarau at the University of Canterbury is part of New Zealand’s Building Better Homes, Towns and Cities - Ko ngā wā kāinga hei whakamāhorahora National Science Challenge (
The GRI are leading the Next Generation Information for Better Outcomes strategic research area.
The aim of this project is to drive the development of better homes, towns and cities through improved use of information, with a specific focus on geospatial data. Among the questions it will address are: What data are needed and available; who owns the data and how, and by whom is it being used; what are the access and intellectual property implications of privately owned data? In areas of limited information and resources, which data is essential to collect/collate? How can the essential new data be collected, standardised and managed to make it interoperable with other building and property data so that it is useful for end users? In addition the project will develop a series geospatial urban planning tools primarily using open source software to assist better decision-making on urban planning (redevelopment, transport, and urban resilience strategies) in New Zealand cities. The successful candidates will work with partners from government agencies at a national and local level in New Zealand, and will also collaborate with the Greening the Greyfields project researchers funded by the Cooperative Research Centre for Spatial Information (CRCSI) also working with partners from government agencies. The appointees will be based in Christchurch and be part of research also focusing on other New Zealand cities, such as Auckland and Wellington.

The project includes a PhD scholarship. This is a fully funded, three year scholarship including fees. The student will work on a project looking at how crowd-sourced and urban sensor data can feed into better decisions for cities, towns and homes. For more information, click here

The project also includes two new posts, both are full-time 2.5 yrs fixed term positions and are available immediately.

1. Postdoctoral Fellow in Urban Geospatial Science. The fellowship is intended for a recent Ph.D. whose training and research is in either: urban planning, urban design modelling, urban geography and/or a related discipline. Good quantitative skills, GIS expertise (ideally in Quantum GIS) are essential with experience of statistical analysis.
2. Software Developer / Designer for Urban Modelling. The developer/designer will have a Masters (and ideally a PhD) with a proven record of developing software tools to a high quality standard, and good understanding of Java Script, SQL, and other relevant programming languages, experience using and developing open source analytical tools and expertise in GIS (ideally with experience using Quantum GIS) and/or spatial methods. Further information about these roles can be obtained by contacting Professor Simon Kingham,

The University of Canterbury
Located on a picturesque campus, the University of Canterbury offers an extensive range of services and facilities, inclusive of library and art collections, child-care centres, health centre, recreation centre, pharmacy, bookshop and cafés. You will have the opportunity to work alongside members of a world class, diverse academic community and enrich your own professional and personal development.

The closing date for these posts is 30th January 2017

Applications for this position should include a cover letter, resume and any additional attachments combined into one document and submitted online.
Should you wish to e-mail any additional attachments or have queries in relation to the application process, please forward these to Nikki Gibbs, Recruitment Coordinator,
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