Post-Doctoral Fellow

    Pūhanga Metarahi me te Rawa Taiao | Civil & Natural Resources Engineering
    Located in Ōtautahi | Christchurch, Aotearoa | New Zealand

    • Full-time at 37.5 hours per week (1.0 FTE)
    • Fixed-term position (4 years) - June 2023 to May 2027

    Āu Mahi | What You Will Do
    Pūhanga Metarahi me te Rawa Taiao | Civil & Natural Resources Engineering has an opportunity for a Postdoctoral Fellow to participate in a research project, supported by the New Zealand Government via the 'Pūhiko Nukutū (Earth Battery): a green hydrogen geostorage battery in Taranaki' MBIE research programme.

    You will be part of a large research programme aimed at assessing the feasibility of underground hydrogen storage (UHS) in New Zealand Aotearoa. Our research will fill Māori and science knowledge gaps regarding hydrogen UHS in depleted gas fields and sedimentary rocks. It is transdisciplinary and will include geology, chemistry, microbiology, reservoir modelling, cultural and economic aspects of UHS. In particular, we will consider how hydrogen interacts with the chemistry and microbiota of storage systems.
    This role will primarily be involved with the coordination and implementation of the numerical reservoir modelling aspects of the project.

    Mōu | Who You Are
    You will hold a PhD (NZQA Level 10) in Reservoir Engineering, Groundwater Hydrology or a related discipline, and ideally have the following:
    • A research background in reservoir engineering or groundwater hydrology (essential)
    • Expert knowledge of subject area is required
    • Demonstrated experience of excellent research capabilities (design and leadership) required to carry out innovative and insightful research
    • A publication track record as well as experience with preparation and delivery of quality oral presentations to a wide range of audiences is essential
    • Strong computer literacy, numeric skills, and modelling skills would be an advantage
    • Ability and willingness to undertake collaborative research
    • Active commitment to understanding multicultural issues and display ability to uphold UC Values.

    Mahi Ngātahi | Who You Will Work With
    Pūhanga Metarahi me te Rawa Taiao | Civil & Natural Resources Engineering is a dynamic Department under the Faculty of Engineering. For more information about our School and team, please visit us here.

    Ngā Painga o UC | Why UC
    Tangata Tū, Tangata Ora - Engaged, Empowered, Making a Difference.
    The University of Canterbury is committed to accessible higher education, service to community and the encouragement of talent without barriers of distance, wealth, class, gender or ethnicity. The University explicitly aims to produce graduates and support staff who are engaged with their communities, empowered to act for good and determined to make a difference in the world. For more information about Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha | University of Canterbury, please visit
    The salary for this position is starting at $77,250 (pa)

    The closing date for this position is: 14 February 2023 (midnight, NZ time)
    Applications will be reviewed after the close date.

    Pēhea te tono mai | How You Apply
    Applications for this position must be submitted on our careers website and should include a cover letter and resume. Please note, we do not accept applications by email, however we are happy to answer your queries in relation to the application process, please forward these to [email protected]

    For further information specifically about the role, please contact: David Dempsey (University of Canterbury, email [email protected]) to discuss the opportunities associated with this position.
    Please Note: Applications for Research Fellow positions will be considered from candidates who are working towards or nearing completion of a relevant PhD qualification. The title of Postdoctoral Fellow will be applied upon successful completion of the PhD. Prior to the qualification being awarded, the title of Research Associate will be given.

    For overseas applicants, please visit Immigration New Zealand website or the New Zealand Government's official Covid-19 website, to review the latest health and visa requirements for visiting and working in New Zealand.

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