Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Physical Geography

University of Otago

  • Permanent Full Time
  • Otago


We are seeking to appoint an outstanding Pūkenga/Pūkenga Matua (Lecturer/Senior Lecturer) in Physical Geography to join Te Iho Whenua (The School of Geography) at the University of Otago, in Te Wai Pounamu, the stunning South Island of Aotearoa New Zealand.

Our name in te reo Māori - Te Iho Whenua, speaks of the pivotal relationship between people and the earth (Papatūānuku). Our continued focus on the interwoven human and physical processes that together constitute the environment makes us one of the most successful Geography units in New Zealand. We have an excellent reputation for both our teaching and research and attract high-quality, ambitious students from both New Zealand and abroad, who flourish in our inspirational environment.

The role

We invite applications for a full-time, permanent (confirmation path) Pūkenga/Pūkenga Matua (Lecturer/Senior Lecturer) in Physical Geography. The successful candidate for this role will contribute to inter-disciplinary research and teaching that falls within the framework of ki uta ki tai, recognising and encapsulating the holistic interconnectedness of the environment, including the land, air, flora, fauna, people and the wellbeing of communities.

The appointee will also teach undergraduate and postgraduate courses in physical geography, with additional contributions to courses in environmental management, and foster postgraduate research at Masters and PhD levels.

Your skills and experience

The successful candidate is expected to have a PhD with an established research focus in Physical Geography. Ideally your mahi will be in the area of Indigenous environmental knowledge and you can demonstrate a record of high-quality research, teaching and community engagement in mātauranga Māori or Pacific approaches.

Applicants with a specialisation in the physical processes driving the relationships between water, land and biota are specifically encouraged to apply. We would also value applicants with skills in using state-of-the-art computing to interpret and visualise geographic data, using geostatistics and/or new field techniques that enable the understanding of ki uta ki tai to be advanced.

In addition, the successful candidate will ideally possess a number of the following skills and experience:

  • An ability to apply te ao Māori, Te Tiriti o Waitangi and Kaupapa Māori.
  • Demonstrated experience and ability in delivering high-quality Physical Geography teaching and environmental management programmes, and to contribute their own specialist courses.
  • An ability to supervise postgraduate research students.
  • An ability to contribute to teaching and learning environments that support engagement of students and staff with te ao Māori, te reo Māori and mātauranga Māori.
  • An excellent international research profile along with a commitment to and/or established connections with international and/or national researchers.
  • A commitment to being a productive collaborator with a track record of working collegially.

Further details

This is a unique opportunity for an energetic, creative and committed scholar to make a significant contribution within their chosen discipline while being well supported by a collegial and dynamic School and University.


Candidates are requested to submit the following:

  • A CV, including employment history.
  • A letter of application addressing the person specification/personal attributes.
  • 3-4 referee contact details, including telephone number and email address.

Apply here

Applications quoting reference number 2101239 will close on Sunday, 1 August 2021.


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