Lecturer in Physical Geography (Coastal Science/Geomorphology)

University of Canterbury

Christchurch, New Zealand 🇳🇿

Te Kura Aronukurangi | School of Earth and Environment
Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha | University of Canterbury
Located in Christchurch, Aotearoa New Zealand

  • Full-time 37.5 hours per week (1.0 FTE)
  • Fixed-term 2.5 years position
  • Anticipated start date of 1st July 2023

Kia hiwa rā, kia hiwa rā!
He hiahia, he pūkenga nōu ki te mahi a te Pūkenga | Lecturer? Nāia te pōwhiri nā Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha kia tono mai i te tūranga nei.

Āu Mahi | What You Will Do
Do you have a passion or expertise in physical geography and coastal science? Applications are invited for a fixed-term two and a half year (2.5 years) position in Physical Geography with a specialty in coastal science (e.g., including a range of, but not limited to, coastal geomorphology, geospatial, and management specialisations etc) in the School of Earth and Environment Te Kura Aronukurangi at Lecturer level (equivalent to Assistant Professor in the US System).

We seek an ambitious colleague who will augment and complement our existing strengths in physical geography teaching, research, and outreach. We are looking for someone with a specialisation in one or more sub-disciplines in coastal science with a focus on coastal geomorphology or another suitable area of physical geography related coastal science. We are primarily interested in physical geographers who employ modern research methods in the field and/or with skills in Earth observation and analysis.

The successful candidate will be expected to contribute teaching into coastal science and wider physical geography (e.g. Geog311 and Geog201), to undertake research (including inter- and transdisciplinary research as appropriate) and to contribute to university and professional service. You will be encouraged to collaborate widely within the School and beyond and to get involved in student research project supervision.

You will be expected to engage with externally-funded research and encouraged to build a research programme. There are both applied and basic science research grants and private funders of research in Aotearoa New Zealand. You will also bring or develop research linkages with Māori communities and/or iwi (tribes), research institutes, industry or charitable groups, and/or civil society.

Mōu | Who You Are
Applicants should have a PhD in the field of physical geography (or closely cognate discipline) with relevance to coastal science, an ability and willingness to deliver high quality teaching in physical geography, including coastal science, at an undergraduate and postgraduate level, and a commitment to do world-class research.

You will demonstrate potential for academic excellence in teaching and research, be able to conduct innovative and effective lectures and field classes from first year through postgraduate level, publish research at a high level as assessed by peer-reviewed publications and, if appropriate, demonstrate impacts for community stakeholders. We are looking for an adaptable and collaborative colleague who can work with others to embrace opportunities that contribute to our core mission. We highly value collegiality. Applicants should have a strong field component to their teaching and research approaches.

The School has a strong commitment to the University’s progressive bicultural and Pasifika strategies. We are highly motivated to receive applications from candidates with a knowledge of Te Ao Māori and te reo Māori and/or those with experience weaving Indigenous knowledge systems into teaching and research. We also strongly encourage applications from Pacific peoples.

Preferred candidate attributes include the following:

  • PhD in the field of physical geography or a closely cognate discipline
  • Record of research productivity or clear potential in coastal science
  • Demonstrated potential and willingness to generate external research income.
  • Demonstrated ability, or clear potential, to develop and lead innovative research programmes in physical geography and coastal science, including field techniques.
  • Demonstrated ability, or clear potential, to be an excellent university-level teacher, including field techniques.
  • Demonstrated ability or potential to encourage, facilitate and supervise the research of graduate and postgraduate students.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of and/or willingness to learn about bicultural and multicultural issues in Aotearoa New Zealand Society, including a commitment to the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi The Treaty of Waitangi, and display a willingness to engage professionally with diversity.

Demonstrated willingness to undertake administrative tasks especially around teaching, and to contribute to School culture.

Mahi Ngātahi | Who You Will Work With
Te Kura Aronukurangi | School of Earth and Environment has a strong national and international profile and has an excellent teaching, research and field station infrastructure. We have well-established research programmes and strong linkages with other research institutes, including groups working in sub-disciplines of physical and human geography, geospatial and data science, environmental science, geology, and hazards, risk and resilience, with the University Centre for Atmospheric Research, the Waterways Centre for Freshwater Research, and Gateway Antarctica residing within the School. For more information about our School and team, please see our website.

Ngā Painga o UC | Why UC
Tangata Tū, Tangata Ora — Engaged, Empowered, Making a Difference. 

In 2023 UC is celebrating 150 years of accessible education.  The past, the present and the future are intertwined. For more information on our 150th Anniversary visit us here.

Ngā Uara | Our Values of manaakitanga, whanaungatanga and tiakitanga guide our decisions and behaviour and provide a roadmap for how we do things at UC, affirming our commitment to pastoral care and support for our ākonga and staff. They challenge and inspire us to be the best we can, and make UC a great place to work and study. For more info on Ngā Uara | Our Values visit us here.

We offer a range of benefits including flexible work practices, study opportunities and generous superannuation and leave provisions.
Please note: as this is a fixed term position, we have limited ability to support relocation costs.

Salary Scale for Lecturer  $86,197-104,487

For more information, please visit us: https://www.canterbury.ac.nz/joinus/benefits/  

The closing date for this position is: Sunday, 26th March 2023 (midnight NZ time)
Please note applications will be reviewed after the close date.

Pēhea te tono mai | How You Apply
Applications for this position must be submitted on our careers website and should include the following:

  • cover letter which includes a 2-3 page statement outlining your research interests and goals and teaching philosophy (combined)
  • Resume which includes a list of relevant research publications (combined).

We do not accept applications by email, however, we are happy to answer any queries at WorkatUC@canterbury.ac.nz

For further information specifically about the role, please contact Dr Sarah McSweeney at Sarah.McSweeney@canterbury.ac.nz

For overseas applicants, please visit Immigration New Zealand website or the New Zealand Government’s official Covid-19 website, to review the latest health and visa requirements for visiting and working in New Zealand. 

Job Details

Reference #14238
Posted on17 Feb 2023
Closes on26 Mar 2023 23:55
Job level(s)Academic
Work type(s)Fixed term full-time
More details (document)
Position description 1PD Lecturer.pdf





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