GNS Science in New Zealand is seeking a risk specialist to enhance its research capabilities in risk assessment and risk modeling.
The position is with the Risk and Society Department within the Natural Hazards Group of GNS Science, a department focused on understanding societal risk and the development of tools and decision support systems to help communities understand, manage, and, where practical, mitigate their risk from natural hazards.
The risk specialist will be involved at the leading edge of the development and application of tools that enable better understanding of New Zealand’s built environment and the risks imposed upon it by natural hazards. In particular, this will involve the integration of a suite of natural hazard models with a national inventory database and associated vulnerability database so as to establish the geographic distribution of risks on buildings and infrastructure within New Zealand, and within the Asia/Pacific region.
The successful applicant will have a post-graduate degree (Masters or PhD or equivalent), preferably with three years or more experience in engineering research or consultancy. An understanding of loss modeling, impact evaluation, and database management and application specifically in a risk evaluation environment is desirable. Commercial experience, statistics and demonstrable computer programming skills, together with an understanding of the New Zealand construction environment would be an advantage.