Call for Associate Investigators

Te Pūnaha Matatini, ‘the meeting place of many faces,’  is a New Zealand Centre of Research Excellence for complex systems and networks, established in 2015 and funded by the Tertiary Education Commission.

Te Pūnaha Matatini is hosted by the University of Auckland, with partners Massey University, Victoria University of Wellington, the University of Canterbury, Motu Economic and Public Policy Research, the University of Waikato, Manaaki Whenua, and Market Economics. Te Pūnaha Matatini was funded from 2015-2020 by the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) but must now prepare a new strategy to advance its vision beyond 2020. In preparation for re-bidding, we are now holding an open call for associate investigators for 2019-2020, and to be involved in developing the rebid for 2021-2027.

Te Pūnaha Matatini works actively to demonstrate leadership in equity, diversity, access, and inclusion in science and research in New Zealand and internationally. We promote and support the acknowledgement of Te Tiriti ō Waitangi. We strive to achieve leadership in engagement with New Zealand publics. We demonstrate these commitments in our research, practice, engagement, teaching, supervisions, and everyday interactions.

Te Pūnaha Matatini is currently looking for new associate investigators who can complement our existing research programme or work with 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, a commitment to transdisciplinary research, a commitment to Te Tiriti ō Waitangi, and a commitment to equity, diversity, access, and inclusion.

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,  by Friday 1 February 2019.

The cover letter will demonstrate:

  • The applicant’s contributions to Te Pūnaha Matatini’s 2019-2020 research programme, including the supervision of students, research excellence, and transdisciplinarity;
  • A commitment to Te Tiriti ō Waitangi;
  • A commitment to equity, diversity, access, and inclusion;
  • Excellence in one or more of Te Pūnaha Matatini’s strategic goals – public engagement, outreach, and education; stakeholder, industry, and communities engagement; evidence-based policy and decision-making.
  • Any existing collaborations with Te Pūnaha Matatini investigators.

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 Te Pūnaha Matatini research projects;

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

Associate investigators are eligible to:

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

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