Pūkenga/Pūkenga Matua (Lecturer/Senior Lecturer)

University of Otago

New Zealand

October 2, 2022


Pūkenga/Pūkenga Matua (Lecturer/Senior Lecturer) - Physical Geography-2201653


About us/Mō mātou

The School of Geography (Te Iho Whenua) at the University of Otago is nationally and internationally recognised for the quality of our graduates and the impact of our research. The School supports graduate and postgraduate programmes in Physical and Human Geography and Environmental Management, as well as Planning and International Development.

Sustainability is an important research focus in the School, and the School hosts and supports the Centre for Sustainability. We mentor students who conduct excellent Honours, Masters, and PhD research. Our aim is to deliver globally relevant teaching and research from our unique location in Aotearoa New Zealand.

The role/Te mahi

We seek a new, full-time, permanent academic colleague with expertise in Physical Geography, to appoint as either a Lecturer or Senior Lecturer.

In this role, you will be expected to lead and contribute to learning, teaching and supervision, research, and enterprise, as well as academic citizenship activities in the School and University.

You will have a PhD in Physical Geography, ideally with a focus in hydrology or biogeography. The ability to contribute to teaching in geostatistics and geographic information systems would be desirable.

In addition to an ability to contribute to curriculum development and delivery, a strong publication track record is expected. Depending on appointment level, experience of securing competitive grant funding and successful postgraduate research supervision would be advantageous.

You will be responsible for:

• Teaching physical geography in undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes. • Growing an active research programme, publishing in high-quality peer- reviewed journals; obtaining external funding and supervising research students. • Contributing to the effective and efficient running of the School to meet its responsibilities within the University and wider community. • Contributing to the support of the University's Māori, Pacific, Equity & Diversity and Sustainability strategic frameworks.

Skills and experience/Kā pūkeka me kā wheako

The key skills and experience expected in this role are:

• PhD in Physical Geography. • Active research portfolio, as evidenced by a high-quality publication record. • Enthusiastic and effective teacher and mentor in physical geography and environmental management. • Collaborative, collegial, and inclusive approach to teaching, research and service.

Collaboration and collegiality are important values in the School and we seek a colleague who will both enjoy and enhance our cooperative work environment. We are committed to equity, and we value the benefits that diversity brings to our work and our community.

We particularly welcome applications from candidates with knowledge of mātauranga Māori and other indigenous knowledge systems, and experience with diversity and inclusion initiatives.

Further details/Pūroko

The University of Otago is New Zealand's oldest university. It is a leader across all fields of academic endeavour, offering undergraduate, postgraduate, and professional programmes in the sciences, health sciences, commerce and humanities.

Our Dunedin campus is ranked as one of the most beautiful in the world and the city offers a great array of activities, ranging from arts and literature to outdoor adventure.

In addition to research and teaching excellence, the University of Otago is committed through its Strategic Direction to local, national, and international betterment; strong external engagement; sustainable capability; and providing outstanding and unique student experiences. We are committed to furthering the aspirations of Māori and of communities across the Pacific.

This is a unique opportunity for an energetic, creative, and committed individual to make a significant contribution in their chosen discipline while being well supported by a collegial and dynamic School and University.

This is a permanent, full-time (1 FTE), confirmation path position.

The appointment range for this role is: Lecturer ($83,652 to $100,050) or Senior Lecturer ($105,232 to $121,055).

Enquiries about the role may be directed to Professor Etienne Nel, Head of School, School of Geography, via the contact details below.


Applicants should supply:

1. A cover letter addressing the following three criteria:

• Active research programme in physical geography with potential to grow at Otago. • Excellent teacher and communicator with a strong commitment to teaching, mentoring and research supervision at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. • Collaborative, cooperative, and inclusive approaches that could support mātauranga Māori and which embrace multiculturalism.

2. A CV including employment history.

3. Names and addresses of at least three referees, including telephone number and email address.

Applications quoting reference number 2201653 will close on Sunday, 2 October 2022.

Additional Information

Contact: Professor Etienne Nel

Position details: Information Statement

Guidelines for Academic Positions: Guidelines

Further Information: Department Website

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Location: About Dunedin

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Salary Level and Range

Lecturer / Research Fellow ($83,652 to $100,050) or Senior Lecturer / Senior Research Fellow ($105,232 to $121,055)



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