Research Assistant and Coordinator | Science Faculty
The University of Auckland
Auckland, NZ
6d ago

Te Whiwhinga mahi The opportunity

We are seeking a Research Assistant to provide project coordination for the MBIE funded research project entitled Assessing and Managing the Risk of Carcinogenic Erionite in New Zealand.

This is a multi-disciplinary project, with Principal Investigators in Environmental Sciences and Public Health across multiple universities.

Your role will be to ensure that administrative processes which support the functioning of the project are completed in a timely manner and to facilitate communication between all the teams.

This includes budget management and reporting as required by MBIE.

It’s important that you are able to provide effective and timely communication with end-users. It will be part of your responsibility to establish, strengthen and maintain relationships across a large group of stakeholders to support the ongoing development and maintenance of our website and webinar series.

You will also provide additional analytical, laboratory and field support as suited to your background and our areas of study.

As well as assisting with field / lab activities you will also have a hand in the preparation of manuscripts and research documentation, but the main focus of your activities will be centred on your ability to project manage, build relationships and get tasks done before deadlines are due.

Organisation and management

  • Coordinate webinar series, including invitations, advertising and management.
  • Update and manage website
  • Produce end-user newsletters
  • Ensure regular meetings of team members are organised with agenda, minutes, follow-ups.
  • Manage communications with public and end-users
  • Record / document all correspondence
  • Update and manage reference library
  • Manage TEAMs database to efficiently record and store all information
  • Stakeholder engagement

  • Assist with the organisation of stakeholder events
  • Provide support to project management board
  • For more detailed information, please refer to the Position Description.

    Mō tō mātou rōpū About the team

    Ko te whare Pūtaiao The Faculty of Science at the University of Auckland is the leading science faculty in New Zealand and one of the largest in Australasia and undertakes world-class research across the physical, biological and computational sciences.

    Our erionite research team is led by a core team of 5 academics from across the University, who are supported by over 40 other research active academics in universities and research institutes as well as key stakeholders from industry.

    We currently have 2 postdocs and 7 PhD students, as well as a number of research assistants working on the project. This dynamic research area is characterised by rapid change and effective inter-and intra-group communication is critical.

    The group seeks to provide research support to develop the evidence base needed to ensure timely information on the risks posed by erionite in New Zealand, and key mitigation strategies, are communicated to a range of different stakeholders.

    He kōrero mōu About you

    We are seeking a Post-graduate, trained in a science or social science who has some knowledge of how to project manage. It would be helpful but not essential for you to have experience managing and synthesising qualitative and quantitative information for engagement and outreach purposes

    Nga Pūkenga Motuhake Important Skills

  • Relationship management skills
  • Competence with all Office software
  • Competence in Team / Project management software (e.g. Trello)
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • 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 :

  • Flexible employment practices (including working from home, flexible hours)
  • 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.

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