Data Scientist x 8 - NIWA
Science New Zealand
Auckland, NZ
4d ago

Are you passionate about utilising data science to make world leading scientific discoveries? Keen to push the limits of AI innovation at supercomputing scale?

Do you thrive on the challenge of working across different and complex disciplines? If so, then this is the position for you.

  • Based at NIWA in Wellington, Auckland, Hamilton, or Christchurch New Zealand
  • Permanent, full-time
  • About NIWA

    NIWA is a dynamic research organisation whose purpose is to enhance the economic value and sustainable management of Aotearoa New Zealand's marine and freshwater resources, to provide understanding of climate and atmospheric state and processes, and increase resilience to weather and climate-related hazards to improve safety and wellbeing of New Zealanders.

    The position / s

    We invite applications from outstanding candidates interested in developing and integrating the next generation of cutting-edge data science methods - including artificial intelligence (AI), and machine Learning (ML) - into NIWA's scientific and commercial research, products, and services.

    Some key areas of interests in our programme include, but are not limited to :

  • AI for Scientific Simulations
  • AI-based Visual Computing for Science
  • AI-Based Scheduling and Optimization Techniques
  • AI for Forecasting and Anomaly Detection
  • High Performance Data Science / AI Architectures for Science including volume storage techniques, automation engineering, and AI-as-a-Service
  • Data scientists will undertake direct and complex Data Science utilising the supercomputing capability available in NIWA's High Performance Computing Facility (HPCF), and will help to develop training, systems, fast-starts, and tools to support scientists working across NIWA.

    Data scientists will be expected to represent NIWA as authorities on HPC and Environmental Data Science / AI in national and international fora and communities.

    What you will need to have

  • A postgraduate-level qualification in Computer Science or Data Science, Physical Sciences, Engineering, or a related field, or equivalent practical experience
  • Experience in developing Machine Learning (ML), Deep Learning (DL), and / or Reinforcement Learning (RL) - based solutions.
  • A strong track record of innovating in data science - demonstratable through academic publications, patents, and / or industry applications
  • Expertise in one-or-more applied-AI domain such as computer vision, pattern recognition, forecasting, scheduling, multi-objective optimisation, uncertainty quantification, etc.
  • Highly efficient coding capability with expertise in Python, C / C++, CUDA, and experience with deep learning frameworks such as Tensorflow, and PyTorch
  • Experience with Linux and working on HPC or data science platforms
  • You will need to be well organised and have good communication skills, and you should be comfortable operating in a team environment.

    You will also need tenacity to persevere with difficult tasks and remain results oriented, with good customer focus.


    NIWA offers competitive remuneration and benefits with attractive locations and free parking as well as the opportunity to work in a collaborative, national, and professional team.

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