Lecturer/Senior Lecturer, Neuroscience

Otago, New Zealand
Wednesday, 5 May 2021
End of advertisement period
Sunday, 30 May 2021
Contract Type
Full Time


Our Department

Since its establishment in 1905 the Department of Anatomy has grown to become one of the largest Departments in the University. It is committed to excellence in its teaching and research.

The Department makes major contributions to the undergraduate and postgraduate education of students in science, medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, physiotherapy, medical laboratory sciences, and physical education. Its research activities fall within five interdisciplinary programmes encompassing: biological anthropology; clinical anatomy; neuroscience; reproduction, genomics and development; and anatomical sciences education research.

The role

The Department is seeking a dynamic teacher and researcher with energy and vision to pursue and engage in new opportunities in the broad area of neuroscience. This is a full-time, permanent (confirmation path) position. Applications for part-time positions may be considered for the right candidate.

We are seeking applications from academic/medical staff interested in appointments at Lecturer or Senior Lecturer level who are likely to be in the country and therefore ready to start in this position before or by October 2021. We particularly encourage applications from suitably qualified women, Māori, and Pacific researchers, or those from other under-represented groups.

In this role you will:

  • Be committed to excellence in teaching and research.
  • Contribute to neuroscience teaching (including curriculum development) at the undergraduate and postgraduate level to Health Science (Medical, Dental, and Physiotherapy) and Science students.
  • Establish, develop, and maintain an independent and on-going research programme with funding success.
  • Participate in service within the Neuroscience Research Group, the Department, the School of Biomedical Sciences, the University and the wider community as appropriate.
  • Be encouraged to engage with or develop research that is of relevance to Māori and that supports the University of Otago's Māori Strategic Framework.

Your skills and experience

The successful applicant will be expected to:

  • Hold a PhD, MB ChB (Doctor of Medicine, Doctor of Surgery), M.D. (Doctor of Medicine), or equivalent higher research/academic qualification.
  • Have a proven teaching track record and a passion for teaching neuroscience.
  • Have effective communication and relationship management skills, with the ability to create a collegial, supportive, and motivating environment for staff and students.
  • Have proven research ability that aligns with the Department's current research programmes.
  • Provide evidence of an ability to work well with students and staff from differing academic and cultural backgrounds.
  • Have a proven ability to provide mentorship to, and help develop the careers of, students and staff of the Department.

Further details

The University of Otago is well-known for its collegiality and combined with living in the vibrant city of Dunedin provides opportunities for an excellent work-life balance. The Dunedin campus has been ranked as one of the top 15 most beautiful in the world. The city has affordable living, excellent schools, and a great array of activities, ranging from Art and Literature to outdoor activities.

You must have the right to live and work in New Zealand to apply for this position.

Application details

Candidates are required to provide:

  • A CV, including employment history.
  • A letter of application addressing the Person Profile.
  • An outline of their teaching philosophy and research plan.
  • 3-4 referee contact details, including telephone number and email address.

Applications quoting reference number 2100854 will close on Sunday, 30 May 2021.


To view all current vacancies and to apply online go to: https://otago.taleo.net/careersection/2/jobdetail.ftl?job=2100854

Equal opportunity in employment is University policy.

E tautoko ana Te Whare Wananga o Otago itekaupapawhakaoritewhiwhinga mahi.