Lecturer in Social Anthropology

Dunedin, New Zealand
05 Jun 2019
End of advertisement period
14 Jul 2019
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Sociology
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time



Our School

Social Anthropology was established at Otago University in 1919. In 1968, a Department of Anthropology, incorporating both Social Anthropology and Archaeology, was established with a Foundation Chair. Since 01 February 2019, Social Anthropology has been organised into a distinctive programme within the newly established School of Social Sciences. The School of Social Sciences includes Programmes in Archaeology; Media, Film & Communication; Politics; Religion; Social Anthropology; Social & Community Work; Sociology, Gender Studies & Criminology; and the National Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies.

The Social Anthropology Programme offers courses in introductory socio-cultural anthropology, reproduction, globalisation, the anthropology of money, rites of passage, death studies, health studies, cultural politics, and courses in anthropological technique and theory.

We continue to recruit world-leading academic staff at the forefront of their fields of research who are committed to bringing out the very best in our students. As a result, we attract high-quality, ambitious students from both New Zealand and abroad, who flourish in this inspirational environment.

The Role

This Lecturer role within our Social Anthropology Programme represents an exciting opportunity to make a contribution to teaching and learning of both undergraduate and postgraduate students.

We would expect the candidate to teach into an introductory course in socio-cultural anthropology, methods, ethnographic practice, and a fourth year honours level course in an area of research specialisation.

In addition, you will contribute to administration and research activities of the department.

In this role you will participate fully in the Department’s research and develop an independent and productive research programme.

Your Skills and Experience

  • PhD degree in socio-cultural anthropology.
  • Active research portfolio as evidenced by quality publications.
  • Demonstrated teaching experience at tertiary level.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Strong commitment to developing collaborative working relationships with colleagues.

Further Details

This is a full-time, fixed-term position for three years, available from 01 February 2020.

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.

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; and providing outstanding and unique student experiences.

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.


Applications quoting reference number 1901216 will close on Sunday, 14 July 2019.