Posted 04 December 2023

AF8 Science Lead – Expressions of Interest Sought

We are seeking expressions of interest for the newly vacant Science Lead position. The AF8 Programme is seeking a suitably qualified scientist with active Alpine Fault hazard and risk-related research, and strong networks and connections across the science and emergency management sectors.

With new beginnings also come endings, and we'd like to take this opportunity to acknowledge the huge contribution our outgoing AF8 Science Lead Associate Professor Caroline Orchiston (University of Otago) has made to the programme and our collective kaupapa over the past 8 years! A big thank you, Caroline, for your science leadership, critical contributions to the programme and support of our all our partners, including our communities. And, while this marks an end of your formal role with the programme, we are grateful to know that your support of AF8 will continue.

Expressions open: Mon 4 December 2023
Expressions close: Mon 11 December 2023

Please send your CV and cover letter to by Monday 11 December, 5pm

Expression of Interest

The AF8 Programme is seeking a suitably qualified scientist to champion Alpine Fault science in support of programme goals and objectives.

Key capabilities:

  • A well connected and respected scientist who has the ability to act as a connector and conduit for science relevant to AF8 Programme.
  • Excellent communicator of complex science concepts for a broad range of audiences.
  • A strong interdisciplinary collaborator, experienced at working with others to translate research to policy/practice.

This individual will be actively undertaking research and supervision related to the Alpine Fault or the wider earthquake hazard risk and resilience context. They will be highly engaged in the research field, and have the ability to act as a connector across the research-policy-practice interface. They will have the ability to translate complex Alpine Fault hazard, risk and resilience science in ways that are engaging for practitioners, community, iwi and policy-makers. They will champion AF8, and endeavour to support it through alignment with their research programmes and student research projects.

The role involves:

  • A close working relationship with the AF8 Programme Manager and Chair of the AF8 Programme (CDEM Southland Group Manager)
  • Membership of the AF8 Steering Group
  • Attending quarterly AF8 Steering Group meetings to represent the wider AF8 Science partners
  • Chairing various AF8 science committees, including the AF8 Science Coordination Group
  • Offering expert guidance on science-related AF8 Programme activities, goals and aspirations
  • Acting as a conduit for new and emerging science into the programme
  • Responding to media queries and representing the programme as and when required at various forums, conference or events
  • Actively seeking opportunities to co-fund science through their existing or future research programmes or student research projects.

Please send your CV and cover letter to by Monday 11 December, 5pm

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