Lecturer in Land Tenure and Administration

Dunedin, New Zealand
Mar 31, 2021
End of advertisement period
Apr 26, 2021
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Law
Contract Type
Full Time


Our school

We are the University of Otago School of Surveying - recognised nationally and internationally for the quality of our graduates and the impact of our research. The School supports a comprehensive undergraduate programme in Surveying and Spatial Science leading to the BSurv, BSc or BAppSc. We mentor students who conduct excellent Honours, MSc, and PhD research, as well as graduate diplomas and MAppSc projects. We aim to connect teaching and research that make a difference here in Aotearoa New Zealand, with the world.

The role

We seek to appoint a full-time, permanent (confirmation path) Lecturer with expertise in Land Tenure, Land Law and Land Administration. In this role you will contribute to the School’s excellent teaching and learning culture and to our diverse, national and international research profile. You will be responsible for:

  • Teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students in the area of Land Tenure and one or more allied subject, for example, land planning and cadastral surveying. Knowledge of Aotearoa New Zealand land tenure and administration systems is essential.
  • Growing an active research programme, publishing in high-quality peer-reviewed journals, obtaining external funding and supervising research students.
  • Contributing to the effective and efficient running of the School to meet its responsibilities within the University and wider community.
  • Contributing to support of the University's Māori, Pacific, Equity and Diversity and Sustainability strategic frameworks.

Your skills and experience

  • PhD in an appropriate discipline. Preference will be given to candidates with an undergraduate or postgraduate degree from a Surveying programme.
  • Active research portfolio, as evidenced by a high quality publication record.
  • Enthusiastic teacher of Land Tenure and related topics.
  • Collaborative, collegial and inclusive approach to teaching, research and service.

We welcome applications from candidates who have an interest in or knowledge of mātauranga Māori, experience with diversity and inclusion initiatives, or applied experience from outside the university setting.

Further details

Collaboration and collegiality are important values in the School and we seek a colleague who will both enjoy and enhance our cooperative work environment. We are committed to equity and we value the benefits that diversity brings to our work and our community.

In addition to research and teaching excellence, the University is committed through its Strategic Direction to local, national, and international betterment; strong external engagement; sustainable capability; providing outstanding and unique student experiences. Our Dunedin campus has been ranked as one of the 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.

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


Applicants should supply:

  • A cover letter addressing these three criteria: (1) active research programme in Land Tenure, Land Law and Land Administration with potential to grow at Otago; (2) excellent teacher and communicator with a strong commitment to teaching and research supervision at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels; (3) collaborative, cooperative and inclusive approach that embraces multiculturalism and supports mātauranga Māori.
  • A CV of no more than six pages (we may ask for longer ones from shortlisted candidates).
  • Names and addresses of at least three referees.

Applications quoting reference number 2100684 will close on Monday, 26 April 2021.