Te Pūnaha Matatini – the meeting place of many faces – is a New Zealand Centre of Research Excellence that carries out interdisciplinary research into complex systems and networks. We have a particular focus on complex data analytics, economic and social systems, as well as natural ecosystems.

Te Pūnaha Matatini is currently looking for up to ten new associate investigators who can complement our existing research programme or enable us to develop new research programmes. Associate investigators are not eligible for direct funding, but will be supported to attend investigator meetings and engage in Te Pūnaha Matatini research projects. Associate Investigators should be researchers who are New Zealand-based, and who have demonstrated the ability or potential to conduct research in areas of relevance to Te Pūnaha Matatini.

Those interested in becoming an associate investigator are invited to submit a cover letter and academic CV in the standard NZ Government RS&T format to Kathryn Morgan, Te Pūnaha Matatini’s Coordinator kathryn.morgan@auckland.ac.nz by 9am Monday 24th July 2017.

The cover letter will outline applicants’ intentions to contribute to Te Pūnaha Matatini’s research programme, either through existing projects or proposed projects for 2018-2020, including the supervision of students or research assistants. Applicants are advised to also include descriptions of your existing and/or future contributions to Te Pūnaha Matatini’s broader strategic goals in a) public engagement and outreach, b) industry and stakeholder engagement, c) contribution to evidence-based policy or decision-making, d) research sector leadership, e) diversity and equity in New Zealand, and f) recognising the distinctive contribution of Māori. Please note any collaborations that you have with existing investigators.

Applications will be considered by Te Pūnaha Matatini’s Research Committee, taking into account the merit of the application, the strategic fit of the proposed collaboration, and the resources available within the Centre for accommodating the investigator.

Te Pūnaha Matatini is committed to increasing diversity in the research community, and applicants from under-represented groups are strongly encouraged to apply. Te Pūnaha Matatini is also a family-friendly Centre of Research Excellence, with a commitment to rewarding merit relative to opportunity, and to applying best practice in enabling opportunity.


Role of Associate Investigators

Te Pūnaha Matatini’s associate investigators will typically be researchers at an academic institution, crown research institute or independent research institute, with an interest in complex systems or networks, data analytics, economic and social systems, and natural ecosystems.

Associate investigators are responsible for:

  • Actively collaborating on Centre research projects and/or
  • Actively collaborating on Te Pūnaha Matatini’s broader strategic goals
  • Conducting their research and other activities in accordance with Te Pūnaha Matatini’s ethical and professional policies.

It is expected that associate investigators be involved, or have the potential to be involved, in at least one Centre project, research or otherwise. Associate investigators are also requested to use their Te Pūnaha Matatini affiliation in all contexts relevant to the Centre. Associate investigators are also expected to contribute to annual reporting.

Associate investigators are eligible to:

  • apply for Centre funds to support PhD students and post-docs
  • apply for Centre funds to support activities that support Te Pūnaha Matatini’s strategic goals
  • attend Centre workshops and the annual investigator Centre forum

The Research Committee will review the role of associate investigators annually.