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Paleontology Data Scientist

GNS Science
Lower Hutt, Hutt (NZ)
Closing date
Oct 1, 2021
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We seek a highly motivated scientist to undertake collaborative scientific research into past biological and environmental change, by applying automated image capture and classification techniques. The person in this position will work with GNS Science palaeontologists and environmental change researchers, with a focus on projects that will benefit from increased through-put, or from novel insights that arise from large-scale data analysis.  You will work with a team of paleontologists, modellers and paleoclimate scientists as part of GNS’s Environment and Climate Research Theme. The position will be based at GNS Science in Wellington, New Zealand.

New Zealand’s borders are currently closed to all but New Zealand citizens and permanent residents.International candidates will still be considered, however this requires specific dispensation from NZ Ministry of Immigration, and they might be required to work remotely from overseas until New Zealand’s borders reopen.


  • Develop and adapt an automated microscopy work flow that can be applied to a broad range of fossilized remains that are the subject of research at GNS Science.
  • Closely integrate research interests with existing projects, and seek to initiate new research tasks where appropriate to explore and showcase the applicability of automated microscopy techniques.
  • Lead and champion image capture and analysis approaches to paleontological and geological data.
  • Contribute to the development of funding bids using automated microscopy, image analysis, automated classification approaches.
  • Contribute to consultancy activities as required by your manager

The position offers an opportunity to work with a multi-disciplinary team on paleontological data acquisition, data analysis and interpretation. Ideal candidates will show flexibility, teamwork and strong communication skills.

About you

The ideal candidate will have the following:

  • Experience with automated image capture and classification systems
  • Experience with paleontology/paleobiology and paleoclimate research
  • Experience working with large datasets
  • Strong willingness to collaborate with a variety of colleagues
  • Ability to develop research tasks and projects to be embedded in funded or bidding initiatives
  • Strong coding and data manipulation skills
  • Ability to communicate (written and oral) with a diverse range of stakeholders
  • A PhD in Geoscience, Physics, Computer Science, Statistics or related field is preferred.

About GNS Science

GNS Science, Te Pῡ Ao, undertakes world-leading Earth science research. Our people are passionate, committed, and focussed on bringing our vision of a cleaner, safer, more prosperous New Zealand to life. GNS offers a supportive and flexible work environment, professional career development and generous employee benefits.

Want to know more?

For further information about this position and to apply online please visit,44273.html 

Applications close:  3 October 2021

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