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Post Doctoral Fellow in Urban Geospatial Science



University of Canterbury

•Full-time at 37.5 hours per week (1.0 FTE)
•2.5 years Fixed Term

The Geospatial Research Institute 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 (http://www.buildingbetter.nz/). In particular we 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 project includes a two and a half year position and is 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 modeling, urban geography and/or a related discipline. Good quantitative skills, GIS expertise (ideally in Quantum GIS) are essential with experience of statistical analysis.

The project also includes a PhD scholarship.

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 contact [email protected]

This project also includes a Software Developer role - please view our career site to find out more information.

You will be part of the National Science Challenge 11 (NSC11) research project, working with partners from government agencies at a national and local level in New Zealand. You 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. You will be based in Christchurch and be part of research also focusing on other New Zealand cities, such as Auckland and Wellington.

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 this position is: Monday, 30 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, [email protected]

Further information about these roles can be obtained by contacting Professor Simon Kingham, [email protected]

For more information about the University, How to Apply and recommended browsers please visit us online at: www.canterbury.ac.nz/joinus

The University of Canterbury is an EEO employer and actively seeks to meet its obligation under the Treaty of Waitangi.


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