Vision Matauranga Leader | Liggins Institute

  • Part-time
  • Contract Type: Fixed-Term
  • Campus: Grafton Campus
  • Position Number: 55567432
  • UoA Department Name: High Value Nutrition

Company Description

Te Whare Wānanga o Tāmaki Makaurau | The University of Auckland

The University of Auckland is New Zealand’s leading university and one of the world’s major research universities. As the country’s largest and most comprehensive university, the University of Auckland conducts teaching and research across eight faculties and two large-scale research institutes.

High-Value Nutrition Vision Mātauranga Leader

High-Value Nutrition Ko Ngā Kai Whai Painga is the New Zealand National Science Challenge with the mission to grow the science excellence and knowledge New Zealand needs to create and deliver food to the world that people choose to stay healthy and well.

Job Description

Te Whiwhinga mahi | The opportunity

This position is fixed-term (until June 30, 2024) and part-time (Negotiable FTE)
Remuneration: $110,000 - $120,000 per annum pro rata dependent on experience.

We have a vacancy for a senior leader to provide leadership and oversight to the High-Value Nutrition (HVN) National Science Challenge’s Vision Mātauranga strategy, policy development, aims and aspirations. This is an important role within a team that is contributing to New Zealand’s knowledge economy and growth of the food and beverage sector.

As a key member of the Directorate, you will support the achievement of the overall objectives and KPIs of HVN, with a primary focus on outcomes relating to Māori. You will support HVN Māori researchers, food and beverage businesses, whānau / hapū / iwi and diverse Māori communities associated with the Challenge, in their aspirations to use science and mātauranga to underpin food and beverage innovation in line with their values. You will also represent relevant issues to the HVN Governance Board, making recommendations as appropriate. 

The role is key in supporting the Challenge Director and Chief Scientist of HVN to ensure value driven, sustainable and productive collaboration across all relevant parties pertaining to the Challenge, with a focus on outcomes and impact for Māori.

For more detailed information about the responsibilities and requirements of the role, please review the Position Description.

He kōrero mōu | About you

Preferably, you will have a strong knowledge of Te Tiriti, Wai262 and Vision Mātauranga policy content and associated implications. You will have a strong understanding of tikanga and knowledge of Te Reo. The ability to engage effectively with Māori communities and to communicate Challenge requirements, activities and findings in a culturally appropriate manner will be essential.

Knowledge of the National Science Challenges would be an advantage but not a requirement. The role engages at all levels including the Governance Board, academia, government, industry bodies, private enterprises and iwi and so you will have wide ranging networks.

A relevant tertiary qualification is considered essential, along with relevant work experience and knowledge of the food industry and the ability to manage a diverse workload.

Ngā āhuatanga kei a mātou | What we offer

In the Liggins Institute, you will enjoy a close-knit, high performing culture, driven by a shared vision to understand how early life events impact lifelong health. In addition, you will enjoy working with some high-profile Researchers across the country that are contributing to research supporting the NZ food industry. . You can hear more about working at the Liggins Institute in the video below.

The University of Auckland is committed to providing an excellent working environment through:

  • Flexible employment practices and a culture that supports work-life balance
  • Career development programmes
  • A competitive salary with five weeks’ annual leave

For more information, please visit Staff Benefits.

Me pēhea te tuku tono | How to apply

Please reach out to  Joanne Todd via [email protected] for a confidential conversation. Please note we are happy to answer your questions, but we do not accept applications by email. 

Applications should be submitted online, before the closing date of 11 November 2022 and include an up-to-date CV and cover letter outlining what strengths you will bring to this role.

Additional Information


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