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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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