Associate Professor/Professor in Geomechanics

Te Kura Aronukurangi | School of Earth and Environment
Te Whare Wananga o Wāitaha | University of Canterbury
Aotearoa New Zealand

  • Full-time at 37.5 hours per week (1.0 FTE)
  • Continuing (permanent) position

Do you have a passion and expertise in Engineering Geology?

This is an invitation from the University of Canterbury to apply for a position as a Professor or Associate Professor in the School of Earth and Environment, Te Kura Aronukurangi in the Faculty of Science. We are seeking to appoint an outstanding leader in the field of Engineering Geology to a continuing position.

Engineering Geology is a long-established discipline at the University of Canterbury having been taught for over 50 years and is the premier programme of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere. It is closely associated with Geology and has strong links with Civil and Natural Resources Engineering. The programme aims to generate industry ready graduates with excellent numerical abilities combined with practical experience and strong field skills. This role is to provide new leadership for the programme in the 2020s and beyond.

What You Will Do

Applications are invited for a continuing (permanent) position of Professor/Associate Professor in the School of Earth and Environment (equivalent to Full Professor in the US System). The level of appointment will depend on the successful candidate's relevant background and experience.

We seek (i) an individual who will provide exceptional leadership for the Engineering Geology group at the University of Canterbury; (ii) a world-class research leader who is also committed to producing outstanding graduates and further building the Engineering Geology Programme at UC; (iii) has a specialisation and ability to teach in rock mechanics and rock engineering, though outstanding candidates in soil mechanics will be considered.

As the successful candidate, you will be expected to play leading and innovative roles in the School's Engineering Geology programme, to build ambitious programmes of research and teaching, and to contribute to university and relevant professional service across all areas. You will be a strong communicator and you will work to integrate Engineering Geology teaching and research with other disciplines within the School (especially Geology; Disaster, Risk and Resilience; Spatial Science and Technology) and with (Civil) Engineering in the wider university.

You will be expected to have a strong and diverse externally-funded research programme. There are both applied and basic science research grants, and private funders of research in Aotearoa New Zealand who support relevant research. You will be expected to bring or develop research linkages with Māori (Indigenous Peoples of Aotearoa New Zealand) iwi (tribes) and hapū (subtribes), crown research institutes, and industry.

Who You Are

Applicants should have a PhD or an equivalent qualification in the field of Engineering Geology or a cognate discipline, an ability and willingness to deliver high quality teaching in engineering geology at undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and a commitment to do world-class research in an area complementary to current strengths within our School.

As an applicant, 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 engage with industry and 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 and lead the Engineering Geology programme as a world class research group. Applicants should have strong field and quantitative components 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:

  • PhD in the field of Engineering Geology, or equivalent (NZQA Level 10) and extensive research experience
  • Record of strong, collegial leadership
  • Record of strong research productivity
  • Demonstrated ability to generate external research income
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and lead innovative research programmes in Engineering Geology
  • Demonstrated ability, or clear potential, to be an excellent university-level teacher
  • Demonstrated ability 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 administration capabilities within University and/or industry settings.

Who You Will Work With

Te Kura Aronukurangi | School of Earth and Environment has a high national and international profile and has an excellent teaching, research and field station infrastructure. We have strong linkages with other research institutes and well-established research programmes in the School, including groups working in sub-disciplines of Geology, Geospatial and Data Science, Physical and Human Geography, Environmental Science, and Disaster Risk and Resilience, as well as the Waterways Centre for Freshwater Management and Gateway Antarctica. For more information about our School and team, please see our website. Canterbury University is also renowned for its College of Engineering. It is expected that the successful candidate with collaborate closely with colleagues in Engineering, especially in Civil and Natural Resources Engineering.

Salary Range Associate Professor NZ$136,882-$147,550; Professor NZ$156,822-$197,165 (2021 rates)

Why UC

Tangata Tū, Tangata Ora - Engaged, Empowered, Making a Difference.

We offer a range of fantastic benefits including flexible work practices, study opportunities and generous superannuation and leave provisions. For more information, please visit us:

For more information about the University of Canterbury, please visit

The closing date for this position is: Sunday, 19th September 2021 (midnight NZ time)

Please note applications will be reviewed after the close date.

How to Apply

Applications for this position must be submitted online through our careers website and should include:

  • a 'cover letter' including a 2-3 page statement outlining your research interests and goals, teaching philosophy, and your thoughts on how to develop a successful team, and
  • a 'resume' which includes a list of relevant research publications.

Unfortunately we do not accept applications by email; however we are happy to answer your queries in relation to the application process. Please forward these to

For further information specifically about the role, please contact: Professor James Shulmeister via

Important Information

In response to COVID-19 the New Zealand Government have imposed travel restrictions and are currently only allowing New Zealand and Australian citizens and permanent residents to enter the country.

It is uncertain when these border restrictions will change, and this may alter the nature of the standard interview process for candidates, particularly at the on-site interview stage. To see how this might affect your application and for more information and updates on the border restrictions visit the Immigration New Zealand website or the New Zealand Government's official Covid-19 website.

posted: 10 August 2021     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.