The University of Auckland is New Zealand’s highest ranked, research-intensive and comprehensive university. Recognised as one of the world’s leading entrepreneurial universities and with an established innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystem, the University is committed to growing its capabilities and impact and continuing to attract high performing and motivated students across all disciplines.
New Zealand has a unique geography, an accessible and progressive regulatory environment and the capability to become a globally important space hub. The University has been a central partner in driving a number of recent developments which are rapidly realising this potential. Specifically these include the creation of low orbit launch capability as well as the establishment of the New Zealand Space Agency and the Centre for Space Science Technology which have collectively placed New Zealand at the leading edge of a burgeoning international space industry.
In parallel, University initiatives such as the Auckland Program for Space Systems, have created massive undergraduate interest. The University is currently involved in space and space-adjacent research and has developed world-class expertise in advanced materials development, sensors, data analytics and software engineering which complements this activity through its connections with relevant local industries and locally and internationally based research institutes.
To amplify this opportunity, the University of Auckland is establishing a major multi-disciplinary nationally-focused Space Systems Institute (SSI), bringing together national partners and international collaborators in space systems research. The SSI will position the University to make a substantial contribution to the New Zealand space industry through education, research and policy advice.
We are seeking an experienced space research leader (appointable at Associate Professor or Professor level) to advance the development of the Space Systems Institute and inject their expertise and international connections into the New Zealand Space research ecosystem.
Key aspects of this role include:
Setting the vision, and developing and implementing a strategy for the SSI
Leading the community of University academics working directly and indirectly in space-related research
Leading and supporting New Zealand’s space-related entrepreneurial research
Generating opportunities for the commercialisation of space-related technologies and products
Supporting and informing the development of policy and regulatory frameworks that advance and protect New Zealand’s space-related interests.
The successful candidate will be:
An aspirational leader who will encourage a collaborative approach to engaging the best minds in the space industry to strengthen and grow New Zealand’s ecosystem and international contribution
Able to demonstrate a collaborative leadership approach, and a track record of enabling and nurturing the success of students and more junior colleagues.
Able to actively engage with industry, government and the wider space community to the benefit of New Zealand’s space industry and the SSI
Involved in impactful space-related research with a significant publication record and international profile, ideally gained from an institution with an established reputation in Aerospace and Aeronautics or Aerospace Engineering or related disciplines
PhD qualified in engineering, physical sciences, or a related discipline
Experience in industry or a government research institute combined with academia would be welcomed.
Innovation is critical to all our futures. The University of Auckland is committed to investing in the research that will improve economic prosperity and have a positive global impact. Join us as the inaugural Director of the Space Systems Institute and provide leadership in the realisation of these goals.
For a confidential conversation or for more information please contact: Anne Casey on email@example.com.
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About The University of Auckland
Since its founding in 1883, the University of Auckland has grown to become New Zealand's flagship, research-led university, known for the excellence of its teaching, its research, and its service to local, national and international communities. We have more than 40,000 students of whom 11,000 are postgraduate and 6,000 are international.
Based in the heart of New Zealand’s largest and most diverse city, The University of Auckland has the most comprehensive range of courses in the country with teaching and research conducted over eight faculties and two large-scale research institutes. It is New Zealand’s pre-eminent research-led institution and has key linkages with many of the world’s top research intensive universities.