Vacancy for Senior Researcher closes 15-Apr-18

Senior Researcher

  • Wellington
  • Flexible working hours
  • Internal and external training programmes on offer

Stats NZ are seeking a Senior Researcher to lead the modernisation of New Zealand’s suite of price index statistics. You will provide technical leadership and build statistical capability in the team – bringing knowledge in the evolving area of big data / digital data and the methodologies to turn this into price indices.

You will have a clear opportunity to lead transformative change in how prices data is collected in NZ and internationally, having a significant impact on New Zealanders and the NZ economy.

In this role you will do the following:

  • Explore the use of new methodologies to make the best possible use of big data / digital data
  • Translate cutting-edge methods research into practical solutions to transform the work of the unit
  • Progress our immediate goal of using on-line prices to create a digital Food Price Index, then extending this to explore the possibilities for a digital Consumers Price Index
  • Lay out the wider roadmap for the unit’s transition to digitally-sourced price indices
  • Connect with key customers
  • Identify and assess the use of new digital data sources to enhance official price indices statistics and provide new insights

What you can bring to this role:

  • Post Grad Degree or equivalent experience
  • Experience in social or economic research
  • Ideally you would have experience of working with indexes

What we can offer in return:

  • Ability to contribute and influence to the strategic direction of Stats NZ
  • Influence and enhance Stats NZ’s international reputation through participation in international working groups, the publication of high quality research papers, and conference presentations
  • A salary of $93,000 – $127,000

Applications close 11.59pm on Sunday, 15 April 2018.