14 October 2022

We’re looking for new people to join the Aotearoa New Zealand Centre of Research Excellence for complex systems.

Ko au – ko au – te kawau!
Te tuku i taku karanga
Ki ngā hau e whā!
Ki ngā whaituā huri noa!

Nau mai! Piki mai!

Whakarongo mai ki taku reo
E karanga nei –
Whīo! Whīo! Whiu!

Te Pūnaha Matatini – the meeting place of many faces – is the Aotearoa New Zealand Centre of Research Excellence in complex systems. Many of our investigators have strengths in complexity, networks, and data analytics, and others have expertise in a range of disciplines from philosophy to ecology and health. We build community across disciplines to solve complex problems. In short, we carry out interdisciplinary research using a complex systems approach, and aim to grow students who are collaborative, ethical, and skilled at working with data.

We lead with our values of manaakitanga, tika, tapu and pono, to create positive change and address issues of importance nationally and globally, from te reo Māori revitalisation through to health and climate change. Our ongoing commitment is to processes and partnerships that uphold the mana of tangata whenua.

Te Pūnaha Matatini is looking for new principal investigators who can complement our existing research direction or enable us to develop new work that fits with our ethos. Principal investigators will be supported to attend meetings and other Te Pūnaha Matatini activities, including development of research projects. Principal investigators should be researchers who are based in Aotearoa New Zealand, and who have demonstrated the ability or potential to conduct research in areas of relevance to Te Pūnaha Matatini.

Role of principal investigators

All investigators at Te Pūnaha Matatini are principal investigators.

Principal investigators do not automatically receive FTE, but are eligible to:

  • Join a vibrant and supportive research community
  • Apply for funding to develop seed research projects, and other activities that support Te Pūnaha Matatini’s strategic goals
  • Apply for funding to support their students
  • Attend workshops and our annual hui
  • Receive FTE for working on core projects and in leadership positions

Principal investigators are responsible for:

  • Actively participating in Te Pūnaha Matatini
  • 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

Te Pūnaha Matatini is committed to creating a just and kind culture of excellence in the research system, and we encourage applications from those who are under-represented or who are looking for a research ‘home’ which values diverse perspectives. Te Pūnaha Matatini is a family-friendly Centre of Research Excellence, with a commitment to applying best practice in enabling opportunity.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Heoi anō tāku reo karanga, taku reo maioha, taku reo pōwhiri
Rarau mai! Tauti mai! Whakatau mai rā!

How to apply

If you are interested in joining Te Pūnaha Matatini as a principal investigator, please send a cover letter, academic CV in either the standard New Zealand RS&T format or the new narrative CV format, and a completed demographic data form to tepunahamatatini@auckland.ac.nz, by end of business on Monday 12 December 2022.

There is no advantage or disadvantage depending on which CV template you choose, so pick the one that works for you.

Your cover letter will outline how you want to contribute to Te Pūnaha Matatini. Let us know about your research and/or student supervision plans, or how you would like to engage with communities, work at the interface of different disciplines, or contribute to policy. Please include a description of your existing and/or future contributions to Te Pūnaha Matatini’s broader strategic goals:

  • Fostering complex systems and transdisciplinary research
  • Contributing to evidence-based policy or decision making
  • Engaging with industry and stakeholders
  • Developing research sector leadership
  • Engaging with the public
  • Demonstrating and promoting equity and inclusion
  • Working in partnership with Māori and local communities

Please note any collaborations that you have with existing principal investigators.

Documents for applications


Terms and conditions

Applications will be considered by Te Pūnaha Matatini’s Director, Deputy Director and Kaumātua in the first instance, and then the Strategic Leadership Group. Decisions will take into account strategic fit, proposed direction, and the resources available within Te Pūnaha Matatini for accommodating the investigator. Decisions are not a reflection on the quality or potential of the applicant. We ask that principal investigators use their Te Pūnaha Matatini affiliation in all contexts relevant to the Centre. Principal investigators are expected to contribute to annual reporting, a Tertiary Education Commission requirement. The Strategic Leadership Group will review the role of principal investigators periodically. All principal investigators will be appointed for three years in the first instance.