Lecturer/Senior Lecturer, Department of Civil and Natural Resources Engineering

Canterbury, New Zealand
11 Sep 2018
End of advertisement period
09 Oct 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

With the growth of the Civil and Natural Resources Engineering Department we are excited to be establishing a new civil systems engineering group. We are recruiting high-potential candidates and emerging leaders to contribute to the development of our teaching and research programmes in civil systems engineering.

Applications are invited for up to three full-time, continuing (i.e. permanent and tenured) positions in the Department of Civil and Natural Resources Engineering at Lecturer or Senior Lecturer (equivalent to Assistant and Associate Professor in North America). The level of appointment will depend on each successful candidate's relevant experience. The Department will consider applications for appointment at higher levels.

The Civil Systems Engineering group will lead research and teaching in the sustainable development and management of the built and natural environments. In this context the group will provide expertise in sustainability, risk, resilience, complexity, economics, and smart and connected information systems. Our new staff will use methods such as exploratory analysis of large data sets, decision analysis, operations research, network analysis, risk analysis, economic analysis, complex systems, and systems modelling. The group's expertise will be applied to diverse challenges in climate change; sustainable energy systems and resource management; building information and service systems; infrastructure systems modelling and performance assessment; and asset planning and management.

Applicants must hold a Ph.D. degree in a relevant discipline and have a demonstrated record of published research in civil engineering systems as defined above. The successful candidates will have a commitment to excellence in teaching of core courses relevant to civil engineering systems at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and will be expected to establish a vigorous research programme. Applicants able to contribute to teaching in other core subjects taught by the Department would be preferred. The appointees will be expected to supervise final year undergraduate projects, Masters and Ph.D. students, and pro-actively attract research funding.

This is an exciting and unique opportunity to develop alongside others in a progressive, supportive, and productive department. The civil engineering systems group will have access to high-performance computing and excellent library facilities within the University. The Department's involvement with the resilience, construction, transportation, building services, and natural hazards sectors within New Zealand provide key ingredients for a successful university group on civil engineering systems. The Department's involvement in the industry and government funded centres (Quake Centre and Quake CoRE) provides the new group with links to world-leading research and relevant professional groups, while New Zealand engineering's world-leading practice in long-term asset management and critical infrastructure resilience provide drivers for uptake of new methods and graduates.

The College of Engineering has just completed a three year long, $163 million investment of its engineering specialist laboratory wings and main teaching spaces. Staff and students now have access to some of the best modern facilities and technologies for teaching, learning and research in the southern hemisphere. Every area has been designed with the principles of highly flexible learning spaces, collaborative open areas and engineering on display.

The closing date for this position is Thursday, 18 October 2018 (NZ time).

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: http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/joinus

Applications for this position are submitted online and should include:

  • a brief cover letter
  • a curriculum vitae which includes a list of relevant research publications and the contact details of three referees
  • a two to three page statement outlining the applicant's research interests and goals, teaching philosophy, and their thoughts on how to develop a successful systems engineering team in the Department.

Please ensure your application is uploaded as a single pdf file and that the file name is your surname only.

For more information on the role, please contact: enquiries@civil.canterbury.ac.nz

The University of Canterbury is an EEO employer and actively seeks to meet its obligation under the Treaty of Waitangi.