Vision Mātauranga Manager - Genomics Aotearoa

University of Otago

  • Full Time Fixed Term
  • Otago


The centre

Genomics Aotearoa is an alliance of nine partners - New Zealand universities and Crown Research Institutes - hosted by the University of Otago. Our aim is to develop new genomics and bioinformatics tools and techniques in New Zealand, and to lift the genomics capability of researchers and practitioners, especially those working in the fields of human health, the environment and primary production. Our work is to garner knowledge in this exciting and fast-moving field of science and share that for the benefit of all New Zealanders.

Te Ao Māori is at the centre of Genomics Aotearoa activities, including development of an Indigenous Genomics Platform which embeds Māori management of indigenous genomics research practice and data. We will deliver to the goals of Vision Mātauranga, benefiting Māori through improved delivery of indigenous innovation, taiao, hauora and mātauranga, including through research projects and resource development undertaken by and for Māori.

The role

We seek a Vision Mātauranga Manager to work within the developing Indigenous Genomics Platform to help deliver these goals. You will be part of the team that enables opportunities for Māori in genomic science and gives Māori stakeholders a voice within our nationwide platform.

Under the guidance of the lead researcher of the Indigenous Genomics Platform and the Director of GA, you will:

  • Provide strategic advice to Genomics Aotearoa Projects.
  • Maintain oversight of Māori led/Māori co-led projects.
  • Provide written reviews of proposed research projects from a Te Ao Māori perspective, to be presented to our Governance Board.
  • Deliver training sessions in tikanga and other aspects of Te Ao Māori to build capacity and capability in Te Ao Māori.
  • Support Māori researcher capacity and capability building.
  • Use your networks and relationships to build lasting relationships with hapu, iwi and other Māori communities.
  • Work to ensure that research findings and tools are disseminated to Māori communities in a culturally appropriate manner.
  • Contribute to policy development in the following areas:
    • Assist in the development of a Consultation Framework,
    • Assist in the development of the Indigenous Data Repository,
    • Assist in the development of a Cultural Competency Framework, and
    • Assist in the development of Guidelines for Genomic Research with Taonga Species.

Your skills and experience

The successful candidate will have:

  • A science or similar bachelor's degree, with relevant knowledge in the New Zealand science research context (and a relevant postgraduate qualification is desirable).
  • A sound understanding of Mātauranga Māori, the Treaty of Waitangi, Māori research methodologies and tikanga (and Te Reo ability is highly desirable, or willingness to learn).
  • The ability to engage effectively with the Māori research community and to communicate research findings in a culturally appropriate manner.
  • The ability to network, and to work effectively as a member of a team and independently.
  • Ideally also project management, relationship management and communications skills.

Further details

This is a full-time, fixed-term position for three years. For the right candidate we can offer flexible or part time working conditions and if preferred, the position can be undertaken from anywhere in New Zealand. The University can also offer appropriate training to support success in this cutting-edge role.

You must have the right to live and work in New Zealand to apply for this position.

Applications quoting reference number 2101175 will close on Wednesday, 30 June 2021.


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Equal opportunity in employment is University policy.

E tautoko ana Te Whare Wananga o Otago i te kaupapa whakaorite whiwhinga mahi.

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