Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Physical Geography

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

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

What You Will Do

Do you have a passion or expertise in physical geography? Applications are invited for a continuing (permanent) position in Physical Geography in the School of Earth and Environment Te Kura Aronukurangi at Lecturer or Senior Lecturer level (equivalent to Assistant, Associate Professor in the US System). The level of appointment will depend on the successful candidate's relevant experience.

We seek an ambitious colleague who will augment and complement our existing strengths in physical geography teaching, research, and outreach. We're looking for someone with a specialisation in one or more sub-disciplines in physical geography such as coastal science, coastal or glacial geomorphology, cryosphere, and or glaciology. Applications for other physical geography sub-disciplines aligned with current staff may be considered (e.g. fluvial geomorphology, hydrology, climatology and atmospheric science). Areas at the interface between humans and their environment and multi-disciplinary approaches will be valued. We are primarily interested in physical geographers who employ modern research methods in the field. Skills in Earth observation and analysis are highly desirable.

The successful candidates will be expected to play leading and innovative roles in the School's Geography teaching programme, to build ambitious programmes of research, and to contribute to university and relevant professional service across all areas.

You will be expected to establish an externally-funded 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 (Indigenous Peoples of Aotearoa New Zealand) iwi (tribes) and hapū (subtribes), research institutes, industry or charitable groups, and/or civil society.

The successful applicant may play a key role as the academic coordinator of the College of Science flagship course, SCIE101 - Science, Society and Me.

Who You Are

Applicants should have a PhD or an appropriate equivalent qualification in the field of physical geography, an ability and willingness to deliver high quality teaching in physical geography at an undergraduate and postgraduate level, and a commitment to do world-class research in an area complementary to current strengths within our School.

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, where 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 must have a strong field component to their teaching and research approach.

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 equivalent (NZQA Level 10) and research experience.
  • An undergraduate degree in geography.
  • Record of research productivity.
  • Demonstrated potential and willingness to generate external research income.
  • Demonstrated ability, or clear potential, to develop and lead innovative research programmes in physical geography, including field techniques.
  • Demonstrated ability, or clear potential, to be an excellent university-level teacher, including field techniques.
  • 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 acceptable administration, and/or University and/or professional service contribution.

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 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, and risk and resilience, with the University Centre for Atmospheric Research, the Waterways Centre and Gateway Antarctica residing within the School. For more information about our School and team, please see our website.

Why UC

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

The University of Canterbury is committed to accessible higher education, service to the community and the encouragement of talent without barriers of distance, wealth, class, gender or ethnicity. The University explicitly aims to produce graduates and support staff who are engaged with their communities, empowered to act for good and determined to make a difference in the world.

We are an Equal Employment Opportunities (EEO) employer and we encourage diversity in our staffing profile. The University of Canterbury actively seeks to meet its obligation under the Treaty of Waitangi | Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

The University of Canterbury is a leading University in New Zealand, with over 18,000 students. We are located in Christchurch - the gateway to the South Island of New Zealand with easy access to the Southern Alps and renowned skiing, hiking, fishing, whale watching, mountain biking and other outdoor destinations and facilities to support a work-life-balance lifestyle.

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: http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/joinus

For more information about the University of Canterbury, please visit www.canterbury.ac.nz

The closing date for this position is: 24th September 2021 (midnight NZ time)

Please note applications will be reviewed after the close date.

Salary Scale: Lecturer NZ$82,061 - NZ$99,954; Senior Lecturer NZ$105,206 - NZ$119,321 (2021 pay scale)

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.

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 WorkatUC@canterbury.ac.nz

For further information specifically about the role, please contact Jamie Shulmeister at james.shulmeister@canterbury.ac.nz

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.

To apply for this job, please go to our job site and enter the job code 6932SK

posted: 12 August 2021     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.