Data Manager for Seabed 2030 Centre – NIWA

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    Science New Zealand
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    negotiable / month
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    4 hours ago
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NIWA is a dynamic research organisation whose purpose is to enhance the economic value and sustainable management of Aotearoa New Zealand’s aquatic resources and environments, to provide understanding of climate and the atmosphere and increase resilience to weather and climate hazards to improve safety and wellbeing of New Zealanders. NIWA is Aotearoa New Zealand’s largest and pre-eminent provider of climate, freshwater and marine science.

We are seeking an enthusiastic and proficient person for a period of two years to manage the bathymetry database of the Seabed 2030 South and West¬†Pacific Regional Centre . The position is part of the ambitious Nippon Foundation GEBCO (General Bathymetric Chart of the Oceans) Seabed 2030¬†project (, which aims to generate a high-resolution map of the entire world ocean floor by 2030. NIWA along with GNS Science and LINZ is responsible for an area ca. 124,000,000 km2, including the Exclusive Economic Zones of 39 countries as diverse as Chile, Australia, Tonga, China and Japan, as well as a large region of “Area Beyond National Jurisdiction”.

Candidates should have a degree in marine geoscience, hydrography, surveying, spatial analysis or geography with experience in seafloor mapping methodology. The position necessitates good working knowledge and experience with hydrographic software, bathymetric data formats, basic data analysis and QC, data-gridding procedures, automated data processing, mapping systems and coordinates, SDE database management, creating SQL searches etc. If you are a solution-focused self-starter with a strong service ethic, can demonstrate good technical skill, are organised and can work to a deadline, and are a team player who enjoys the dynamics of working within a team, then this is the challenge for you!

The successful candidate will use hydrographic (QPS Qimera & Fledermaus) and ESRI ArcGIS software to produce a bathymetric grid of the S&W Pacific Ocean to be integrated into the GEBCO map. The work includes:

  • Identifying available bathymetric data through the different GEBCO affiliate organisations (NOAA NCEI, IHO etc.), governments and science organisations, and industry.
  • Data harvesting, handling metadata, analysing data quality, in keeping with Seabed 2030 goals and guidelines.
  • Data gridding, creating rasters and mosaics, to populate the NIWA/Seabed 2030 SDE database (hosted in ESRI ArcGIS for Maritime: Bathymetric Information System).
  • Publishing hosted feature and image services using ArcGIS Online, maintenance of web applications and story maps.
  • The role will require interactions at a technical level with other Regional Centres and partner countries and may require preparing and running technical workshops and travelling overseas.

    NIWA offers competitive remuneration and benefits and an attractive waterfront location with free parking.

    For more information contact Kevin Mackay: