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Lecturer / Senior Lecturer in Biological Sciences (Plant Molecular Biology)

Lecturer / Senior Lecturer in Biological Sciences (Plant Molecular Biology)

Lecturer / Senior Lecturer in Biological Sciences (Plant Molecular Biology)

University of Canterbury, Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha

Closing Date : 05 Aug 2018

Lecturer / Senior Lecturer in Biological Sciences (Plant Molecular Biology)

Pūkenga / Pūkenga Matua (Mātai Koiora ā-Otaota)
School of Biological Sciences | Te Kura Pūtaiao Koiora
University of Canterbury | Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha
Aotearoa New Zealand

Kia hiwa rā, kia hiwa rā!

He hiahia, he pūkenga nōu i te mātai koiora ā-otaota? He pōwhiri atu tēnei nā Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha kia tono mai te hunga i te tūranga pūkenga, pūkenga matua i te Kura Pūtaiao Koiora o Te Rāngai Pūtaiao.

  • Full-time at 37.5 hours per week (1.0 FTE) - fractional appointments will be considered
  • Continuing (i.e. permanent) position

Applications are invited for the continuing position of Lecturer / Senior Lecturer in Biological Sciences (Plant Molecular Biology) in the School of Biological Sciences. [Lecturer is broa dly equivalent to a (tenured) Assistant Professor in the US system; Senior Lecturer is broadly equivalent to a recently tenured Associate Professor in the US system].

We seek an ambitious colleague who will augment our existing strengths in research, teaching, and outreach. The successful applicant will demonstrate cutting-edge research and teaching, and has advanced understanding of plant biology at a range of scales. All applicants need to address basic and applied questions of fundamental importance to the functioning and role of plants in natural and/or managed contexts. We expect candidates will have strong molecular and experimental skills, but also use a range of approaches (potentially including, but not limited to, molecular, biochemical, genetic, genomic, organismal, physiological, ecological, evolutionary, statistical and/or computational). We are especially interested in receiving applications from candidates with interests in plant biotechnology plant-microbe interactions and/or plant pathology. It is expected that the successful candidate will establish an externally funded research programme, for which there are a variety of basic and applied contexts in New Zealand. They will also develop research linkages with research institutes, industry or charitable groups and/or civil society, and participate in undergraduate and postgraduate supervision and teaching.

Applicants should have a PhD or an appropriate equivalent qualification in biological sciences, an ability and willingness to deliver high quality teaching in plant development and biotechnology, and a commitment to do world-class research in an area complementary to current strengths within the School of Biological Sciences.

The successful applicant will demonstrate potential for academic excellence in teaching and research, be able to conduct innovative and effective lectures and laboratory 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. The School has a strong commitment to the University’s progressive bicultural strategy (, and so we are motivated to receive applications from candidates with a knowledge of tikanga and te reo Māori and/ or those with an interest in embedding indigenous knowledge in their teaching/research.

The School of Biological Sciences | Te Kura Pūtaiao Koiora has a high national and international profile and has an excellent teaching and research infrastructure, including multiple field stations in alpine, lowland and coastal habitats, and new research facilities. We have well-established research programmes from molecular to whole-organism and ecological scales, as exemplified in the Biomolecular Interaction Centre ( and the Centre for Integrative Ecology ( We have strong linkages with other research institutes. For more information on the School of Biological Sciences see the webpage

The University of Canterbury is committed to promoting a world-class learning environment through research and teaching excellence, and has a vision statement of Tangata Tū, Tangata Ora "People prepared to make a difference". You will have the opportunity to work alongside members of a diverse academic community and enrich your own professional and personal development.

Equal opportunity in employment is University policy and the School is strongly committed to equality in the workplace. Applications from all suitably qualified persons are encouraged. The University of Canterbury offers generous leave provisions, including sabbatical and Erskine Fellowship leave. It also has excellent childcare, recreation and staff/graduates club facilities on campus.

For information about the range of benefits in joining UC please visit us online at:

The closing date for this position is: 5 August, 2018.
Interviews for this vacancy are anticipated to take place in October, 2018.
The position will be available from March, 2019.

Applications for this position should include a curriculum vitae, a summary of recent research achievements and a 1-2 page research proposal outlining intended research and research goals. Applicants are also expected to indicate their teaching experience and philosophy and to indicate the ways they could contribute to courses within the School and to curriculum development in the future. They should also indicate the names and contact details of three referees. Applications should be combined into one document and submitted online.

Should you wish to e-mail any additional attachments or have queries in relation to the application process, please forward these to Nikki Gibbs, Recruitment Coordinator | Kairuruku Taritari, 

Further information about this role can be obtained by contacting Head of School | Tumuaki Kura, Professor Matthew Turnbull, 

The University of Canterbury is an EEO employer and actively seeks to embrace the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi.


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