What you will do
The operational environment of our military forces is arguably one of the most rewarding and challenging domains for applied human systems integration research. The opportunity to work with advanced technology and complex systems, in combination with a highly trained workforce, is an attractive work environment for a research scientist. The day to day work is exciting, varied and purposeful.
Effective integration of the human operator is essential to achieving the full potential of modern Defence systems. As part of the Operational Analysis and Human Systems team you will conduct research and experimental analysis in human systems integration to improve performance of New Zealand Defence Systems. The position will involve conducting applied research in support of NZDF research, science and technology (RS&T) requirements in response to NZDF identified priorities. Deliverables will generally be in the form of sound technical advice that enhances the performance, protection and safety of NZDF personnel and directly impacts on NZDF operational capability and military readiness.
What we need
We are seeking a candidate who is qualified in Human Factors/Ergonomics and/or Health Sciences/Psychology. This position includes a strong customer focus; assessing stakeholder requirements, developing and planning new research directions, managing the research activity and delivering exploitable research outcomes.
Day to day you will be liaising with a wide range of stakeholders so it’s important that you are a confident and skilled communicator. You are able to scope, plan and complete project work that results in enhancement of military capability.
Who we are
The Defence Technology Agency is a business unit established to provide applied research, exploratory development, and policy studies on science, technology and related areas with application to military technology, force development and operations.
Every hour of every day, 365 days of the year, the New Zealand Defence Force is contributing to the defence, security and well-being of Aotearoa / New Zealand. As a modern, professional military, it is our goal to maintain well trained, equipped and disciplined armed forces that can react to crisis at short notice.
The Operational Analysis and Human System team are passionate, collaborative, and supportive. We operate within a learning environment.
NZDF is an inclusive organisation that is open to flexible working arrangements and welcomes applications from people regardless of gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, age, beliefs/opinions, or family circumstances.
In return for your expertise, dedication and hard work, NZDF is offering remuneration reflective of your experience, along with:
How to Apply
To view the Position Description and to Apply Online please visit our Defence Careers website, or use the links on this page. For further information, contact Janelle Aitken on 021 924 241.
Please note: If you are an existing NZDF employee (excluding contractors) you must apply through our Internal Vacancies site, via the HR Toolkit.
Applications close on Wednesday 13 November 2019.
Please note: Applicants must be legally entitled to work in New Zealand (NZ) and be able to obtain and maintain the required level of NZ Government security clearance for the position applied for. The minimum citizenship and residency criteria for security clearances to be granted by the NZ Defence Force are as follows:
Higher level Security Clearance
If you do not meet these minimum criteria, we will not be able to accept your application.