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. We are seeking a capable scientist who will be involved in the calibration and use of acoustic survey equipment (including towed and hull mounted systems), the development of methods for data processing and analysis, carrying out fisheries resource surveys at sea, research on target identification and the measurement of fish target strength. They will be involved in the analysis, preparation of research tenders, the presentation of results and writing of research reports and primary publications.The successful applicant will have a PhD or equivalent qualification including a minimum of three years of work experience in acoustics, they will have excellent quantitative skills, formal training or experience in underwater acoustics, and statistics or applied mathematics. They will be familiar with at least one programming language, preferably Matlab, C++, Python or R. Previous experience in software development or data science will be advantageous.NIWA uses surveys and mathematical techniques to study the distribution, abundance and dynamics of exploited and bycatch fish species. This work is organised in projects contracted to NIWA by the New Zealand government, the fishing industry, and commercial clients in New Zealand and overseas. Much of this research underpins advice given to clients for managing exploitation and understanding associated ecosystem dynamics.Applicants will need excellent communication and project management skills, be well-organised and responsive to project deadlines, be adept at problem solving and have the ability to effectively prioritise and work unsupervised. They must be able to install, configure and operate fisheries acoustic equipment and systems. This position has a requirement of participating in fisheries surveys for up to 12 weeks a year on research and commercial fishing vessels.This is an exciting opportunity to join New Zealand’s internationally renowned environmental research organisation, and work as part of a progressive and innovative team. NIWA offers competitive remuneration and benefits and an attractive waterfront location.