Open term (permanent) full time pedometrician position opening at Manaaki Whenua (New Zealand)

Dear colleagues,

Open term (permanent) full time pedometrician position opening at Manaaki Whenua (New Zealand)

The person appointed to the role will contribute to research and consultancy programmes that investigate soil and landscape mapping, modelling and information management to support and verify sustainable and wise use of natural assets, contributing to solutions for climate adaptation and mitigation.

This position is permanent full time, reports to the Capability Leader, Land Use and Ecosystems Team, and is based at our Palmerston North site.

You will possess a PhD in soil science with expertise in pedometrics, geostatistics, or spatial modelling of soil properties or related discipline. You will demonstrate experience and knowledge of pedology, digital soil mapping, farm systems, soil-landscape relationships, and soil carbon. You will have expertise in spatial and integrative modelling, including ecosystem services upscaling and mapping, and be able to work with large databases. Competence and autonomy in the use, including scripting/programming, of a range of modelling tools – for example SQL, Python, R, C/C++, GIS tools (Arcgis and/or OSGeo open-source stack) is required. Experience in preparing proposals and attracting research funding would be advantageous. You can demonstrate some engagement with end-user expectations and needs. You will be a well-organized, flexible, pragmatic, and reliable individual who enjoys working as part of a diverse interdisciplinary team.

The salary for this role ranges from $87,300 to $97,033 depending on work experience.

Why Manaaki Whenua

Our land, our future – this is the essence of why Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research exists. At Manaaki Whenua we undertake research that focuses on preserving New Zealand’s rich biodiversity, improving biosecurity, and protecting the health of the land, fresh water and soil resources we need for a prosperous future. We recognise the importance of partnerships, the special role of Māori, and the need to ensure that all New Zealanders have the knowledge, understanding, and tools to truly live in harmony with our precious environment. We are recognised nationally and internationally for the quality of our research and work with a wide range of organisations within New Zealand and globally.

Manaaki Whenua embraces diversity and is committed to an inclusive and respectful workplace where everyone is valued for their unique contribution. We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of colour, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, or age.

What we offer

As an employee of Manaaki Whenua – Landcare Research, you will work with passionate and talented people in a caring and family friendly environment; enjoy good staff benefits and the opportunity for personal growth and career development.

How to apply

Enquiries about the position may be directed to Jackie Aislabie, For further details and how to apply, visit:,50701.html

Kind regards,

Dr. Pierre Roudier

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