Job opportunity: Research Communities Advisor

NeSI has an exciting opportunity available to join our team as a Research Communities Advisor, a critical role within NeSI enabling various Partnerships into the research sector. 

Applications must be submitted online by the closing date of Sunday 8 October 2023 to be considered.

Te Whiwhinga mahi | The opportunity

The role supports key research groups in an advisory capacity, understanding their unique and individual research requirements in a way that allows NeSI to better connect to their computational needs. It also has a particular focus on enabling Aotearoa's community of Research Software Engineers.

For more detailed information, please refer to the Position Description.

Mō tō mātou rōpū | About the team

NeSI is a collaboration of four institutions, including Waipapa Taumata Rau the University of Auckland, working in partnership with the NZ Government, providing High Performance Computing (HPC), analytics and consultancy services to the NZ research sector, Government agencies and Industrial research. Our primary aim is to grow the computing and analytics capability of researchers to ensure Aotearoa New Zealand’s future prosperity.

NeSI values diversity and inclusion across our teams, in our workspaces, with our partners and users. We are committed to developing partnerships and opportunities for Māori within the research sector, and realising a broader range of benefit sharing in ways which support Māori aspirations.

Significant research outcomes have resulted from the use of NeSI platforms and services across several scientific domains including health, environment, biodiversity, biochemistry, climate, weather and geology to name a few. We offer the successful candidate an exciting opportunity to make a significant contribution to the New Zealand research landscape by working within NeSI.

He kōrero mōu | About you

The successful candidate will be passionate about enabling research through meaningful partnerships; comfortable down in the detail one minute and having lofty strategic conversations the next, facilitating conversations even if you are not the expert; experience in providing research project advice or support; the ability to influence, build relationships and provide advice to a range of influencers; and an understanding of, or interest in learning, advanced ICT infrastructures and technologies.

Your days as a Research Communities Advisor will be varied, you can expect hefty doses of conversation facilitation, outreach and event co-ordination, customer relationship management and NeSI service contract co-ordination.

We don't expect perfection in our candidates - if you think you have what it takes to enable research through partnerships with researchers, organisations and communities but don't meet every skill or set of experience listed we would still love to hear from you.

Ngā āhuatanga kei a mātou | What we offer

Waipapa Taumata Rau the University of Auckland is dedicated to providing an excellent and stimulating environment for its employees which ensures a healthy work-life balance through:

  • Five weeks’ annual leave per annum
  • Up to 6.75% employer superannuation contribution.
  • 37.5 hours working week
  • Flexible employment practices
  • Additional parental leave payments
  • Discounted, onsite childcare, parking and various leisure and recreation services.

For more information on the benefits of working here, see our Staff Benefits page.

Me pēhea te tuku tono | How to apply

Applications must be submitted online, by the closing date of Sunday 8 October 2023 to be considered. Please include your cover letter and your CV highlighting how you can meet the skills and experiences detailed above.

Please reach out to Georgina Rae via for a confidential conversation. Please note we are happy to answer your questions, but we do not accept applications by email.

Additional Information


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