The purpose of this role is to support the successful delivery of the research projects at Te Atawhai o Te Ao by providing professional research services.


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Te Atawhai o Te Ao is looking to employ a full-time Researcher.

Applications close 5pm, Tuesday 27 April 2021.

About us:

Te Atawhai o Te Ao is an independent Māori research institute for environment and health. Our purpose is to be a community-led, globally recognised, Indigenous research institute that generates and rediscovers knowledge focused on health and environment for the benefit of our people.

Based in Whanganui, we whakapapa to our immediate environs, but embrace uri of all iwi and nations. We acknowledge the national and metaphysical identity markers that define our people and place.

We aspire to enhance the health and well-being of Māori by:

  • growing Māori leadership across the research sector;
  • building collaborations with Indigenous and international researchers; and,
  • making a difference in the evidence-base that supports whānau outcomes by producing excellent research.

About the role:

The purpose of this role is to support the successful delivery of the research projects at Te Atawhai o Te Ao by providing professional research services.

We are a small, close working team and so you will have opportunities to broaden and develop your existing skills.

You will be:

  • conducting Kaupapa Māori research in accordance with Tikanga Rangahau guidelines;
  • preparing and contributing to research projects, including dissemination, seminars, publications and other outputs;
  • supporting and collaborating with others working on research projects;
  • working in and engaging with relevant Māori communities in a respectful manner;
  • actively preparing and submitting applications for research funding in conjunction with the Research Manager;
  • engaging in ongoing professional development that meets your and the Institute’s needs; and,
  • complying with all health and safety requirements.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • a research qualification (ideally) along with research experience;
  • funding application writing experience;
  • attention to detail, methodology building and analytical skills and experience;
  • existing relevant networks and effective networking skills;
  • strong written and verbal communication skills, including academic writing;
  • understanding and empathy for Kaupapa Māori, te ao Māori, and tikanga Māori;
  • organisation and planning skills;
  • ability to manage multiple workstreams simultaneously and use your initiative; and,
  • ability to work well in a small team setting.

Te Atawhai o Te Ao also offer:

  • professional development. Arrangements to be agreed at the time of contracting and reviewed yearly at the staff performance review;
  • health benefits: $1,000 per year for full-time FTE for health related expenses;
  • access to Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) services;
  • use of equipment and/or resources such as mobile phones; and,
  • membership or subscription to support services or training.

The total of these entitlements can range from $2,000 – $10,000 (FTE based) and is additional to the remuneration. The Institute’s financial contribution towards building staff capability, ensures that personal and professional development remains an integral part of Te Atawhai o Te Ao.

The Position Description and renumeration:

When reviewing the job description, please note that some KPIs are dependent on current workstreams, and the job description is not finalised until the role has been offered to the successful candidate.

The salary band for the Researcher role is full-time, $50,000 to $65,000 per annum (pro-rata).

Job description – Researcher (PDF)

Job application FORM (PDF)

If you wish to apply, please email the following:

  1. application form;
  2. your resume;
  3. cover letter; and,
  4. one example of your academic writing:

Applications close 5pm, Tuesday 27 April 2021.

Post date: Monday 29 March 2021 Close date: Tuesday 27 April 2021 Expertise: Research Work type: Permanent, full-time