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Lecturer / Senior Lecturer in Biological Sciences (Animal Physiology)

Lecturer / Senior Lecturer in Biological Sciences (Animal Physiology)

Lecturer / Senior Lecturer in Biological Sciences (Animal Physiology)

University of Canterbury

Closing Date : 06 Oct 2019

Lecturer / Senior Lecturer in Biological Sciences (Animal Physiology) Pūkenga/ Pūkenga Matua i te mātai Pūtaiao Koiora (Whaiaroaro ā-Kararehe)
School of Biological Science - Te Kura Pūtaiao Koiora
College of Science - Te Rāngai Pūtaiao
University of Canterbury - Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha
Christchurch - Ōtautahi, Aotearoa - New Zealand

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

Kia hiwa rā, kia hiwa rā!

He hiahia, he pūkenga nōu i te mātai whaiaroaro ā-kararehe? 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.

What You Will Do

Applications are invited for the continuing position of Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Biological Sciences (Animal Physiology) in the School of Biological Sciences. [Lecturer is broadly equivalent to an 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 animal physiology research, teaching, and outreach. The successful applicant will demonstrate cutting-edge research and teaching in, and have advanced understanding of, animal physiology at any appropriate scale of biological organization, but with whole organisms as a focus. Applicants must have a strong laboratory and field component to their research, and address basic and applied questions. We expect candidates to use a range of approaches (which may include, for example, molecular, genetic, genomic, electrophysiological, ecological, evolutionary, statistical and/or computational methods). The successful candidate will be expected to establish an externally-funded research programme, for which there is a variety of basic and applied contexts in Aotearoa New Zealand. They will also develop research linkages with research institutes, industry or charitable groups, and/or civil society. The University and School have a strong interest and strategic investment in marine biology, and we are especially motivated to receive applications from candidates who will be a key part of our research, teaching and community engagement in this field.

Who You Are

Applicants should have a PhD or an appropriate equivalent qualification in biological sciences, an ability and willingness to deliver high quality teaching in animal physiology at an undergraduate and postgraduate level, and a commitment to do world-class research in an area complementary to current strengths within School of Biological Sciences - Te Kura Pūtaiao Koiora.

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 strategyand 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.

Who You Will Work With

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 and our team, please visit our School website.

Why UC

The University of Canterbury is committed to promoting a world-class learning environment through research and teaching excellence, and has a vision statement of "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.

For information about the range of fantastic benefits that UC offers including flexible work practices, study opportunities and generous superannuation and leave provisions, please visit us:

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The closing date for this position is: Sunday, 6th October 2019 (Midnight, NZ time)

Interviews for this vacancy are anticipated to take place in late November, 2019.
The position will be available from 1 July, 2020, although the start date is flexible.


Applications for this position should include:

  • a brief cover letter,
  • a curriculum vitae which includes a summary of recent research achievements and the contact details of three referees, and
  • a 1-2 page statement outlining the research proposal outlining intended research and research goals
  • a statement of teaching experience and philosophy and indicate the ways you could contribute to courses within the School and to curriculum development in the future

Application materials for this position should be combined into one document and submitted online. 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 Head of School - Tumuaki Kura, Professor Matthew Turnbull, 

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