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Join our team making homes healthier, buildings safer and construction practices more sustainable. Help us to make a positive contribution to the building and construction industry through research, testing, consultancy and information services.

Working at BRANZ

Our staff say they enjoy working at BRANZ because of the friendly people, interesting work, opportunities for professional development and modern working environment set in beautiful rural surroundings - all only a 30-minute drive from Wellington city.

Lifestyle and family are important to us, and we recognise this by providing a flexible working environment.

Our employee benefits

Working with BRANZ comes with many benefits for employees, including:

  • on-site subsidised cafeteria
  • active social club, which sponsors staff involvement in team sporting events
  • Southern Cross medical insurance cover, including coverage for pre-existing conditions
  • income protection insurance with 2 years' cover
  • free annual medical checks for staff
  • free annual flu vaccination
  • access to an employee assistance programme
  • free on-site parking.

Some employee benefits may be subject to eligibility.

Current vacancies

We are currently looking for people for the following roles: 

Associate Fire Research Engineer/Scientist

We are looking for an Associate Fire Research Engineer/Scientist to work in our Research business area.

A Fire Research Engineer/Scientist undertakes industry-good fire research, as part of the Better Buildings team. You would use your programming and statistical skills to mine data for meaningful knowledge in research projects such as “Fire Safety of Combustible Facades” and “Fire Risks Associated with Lithium Batteries”, and build electronic tools and resources for the building industry. You will also be keen on getting stuck into ‘hands-on’ lab and field activities. As this position is in fire research, lab activities often involve burning building materials and assemblies, from samples the size of a Post-it to small buildings. Like any fire, these activities can be visually spectacular but also require a lot of planning and development with attention to detail, and the experimental outcome can get a bit grubby sometimes.

To be successful, you will need to not just produce research reports, but also work towards producing impact and meaningful change that will improve buildings in New Zealand and building practices. You will have strong communication skills to reach a wide range of industry players. You will be driven to understand the needs of stakeholders and craft research outputs that are useful to them and use a variety of channels, for example written reports, presentations, web content, software and videos, to communicate with them.

You will receive training including guidance and mentoring from our world class researchers. You will also work alongside other internationally renowned engineers, scientists and researchers as part of the wider BRANZ team.

You can find out more and apply for the role here