Lecturer in Marine Science

Applications are invited from appropriately qualified and enthusiastic candidates for a three-year fixed term, full time position of Lecturer in the Department of Marine Science Te Tari Putaiao Taimoana at the University of Otago, New Zealand.

The University of Otago is one of New Zealand's largest and most research-intensive universities, currently in the top 1% in the QS World University ranking. It is a leader across all fields of academic endeavour regularly topping the New Zealand Tertiary Education Commission's performance indicators.

The University of Otago fosters collaboration; our marine researchers are active across 14 different departments and forge links with numerous external agencies. The Southern Ocean sits on our doorstep, and we expect the successful candidate to take advantage of our unique geographical setting. Our facilities include the Portobello Marine Laboratory on the Otago Peninsula, field stations in Fiordland and Stewart Island, and a range of research vessels enabling both local and offshore work. Information about the Department can be obtained from the website http://www.otago.ac.nz/marinescience

The role

The successful applicant will participate fully in the Department's research and teaching activities. They will contribute to teaching across a range of marine science disciplines, including biological oceanography, at undergraduate and postgraduate level, and be expected to attract and supervise postgraduate students. The appointed candidate will be expected to develop an independent and productive research programme.

Required skills and experience

  • PhD degree in biological oceanography, or related marine science discipline.
  • Active research portfolio as demonstrated by high quality publications.
  • Outstanding capability in teaching and communicating marine science.
  • Collaborative and collegial approach to teaching and research.

We are seeking a biological oceanographer with an interest and publication record in any of the following areas: processes affecting coastal productivity, larval ecology and recruitment processes, mechanisms of change in communities, and physical/biological coupling (particularly in the context of a changing ocean). The ideal candidate will be motivated to engage in interdisciplinary research that spans these topics.

Further details

This is a three-year, full-time position.

Specific enquiries about the position may be directed to Professor Steve Dawson, Head of Department, Department of Marine Science, Email: steve.dawson@otago.ac.nz


Candidates are required to provide:

  • A CV (no more than 6 pages).
  • Contact details for three referees.
  • A cover letter addressing these criteria:
    1. Active research programme, with potential for development at Otago University.
    2. Teaching and communication experience.
    3. Plans for collaboration.

Applications quoting reference number 1701931 will close on Friday, 12 January 2018.


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Equal opportunity in employment is University policy.
E tautoko ana Te Whare Wananga o Otago i te kaupapa whakaorite whiwhinga mahi.

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