Lecturer in Synthetic Chemistry

Dunedin, New Zealand
02 Aug 2019
End of advertisement period
30 Aug 2019
Academic Discipline
Physical Sciences, Chemistry
Contract Type
Full Time



Our department

The University of Otago is one of New Zealand's largest and most research-intensive universities. With its establishment in 1871, the Department of Chemistry at Otago is the oldest chemistry department in New Zealand. We currently teach ca 500 effective full-time students and have a separate administrative unit within the Division of Sciences. There are currently 15 full-time academic staff, 20 full-time administrative and technical staff and 12 full-time research staff including postdoctoral fellows. In addition, embedded within the Department are the Plant Extracts Research Unit, and the Centre for Chemical and Physical Oceanography.

The Department has a rich research culture with a strong focus on research excellence and a good record in attracting external research funding.

The role

We are seeking to appoint a full-time, permanent (confirmation path) Lecturer in Synthetic Chemistry. In this role you will contribute to the Department's excellent teaching and learning culture and to our national and international research profile.

You will be expected to:

  • Contribute to undergraduate and postgraduate teaching in the area(s) of biological/medicinal chemistry and/or organic chemistry, and to general chemistry at the first year undergraduate level.
  • Contribute to the research activities of the Department, including publishing in high-quality peer-reviewed journals, seek external funding support and supervise research students.
  • Develop collaborations with colleagues across the University, nationally and internationally.
  • Contribute to the effective and efficient running of the Department and its responsibilities within the University and wider community.

Your skills and experience

  • Hold a PhD in chemistry (biological/medicinal chemistry and/or molecular materials synthesis).
  • Have relevant research experience and a corresponding publication record.
  • Be an enthusiastic teacher of chemistry.
  • Be committed to developing collaborative working relationships with colleagues and to supporting the University's Māori, Pacific, and sustainability strategic frameworks.

Further details

This is a full-time, permanent (confirmation path) position.

Collaboration and collegiality are important values in the Department 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.

The 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.


Candidates are requested to submit the following:

  • A CV
  • A cover letter
  • Three referee contact details including email addresses.

Applications quoting reference number 1901576 will close on Sunday, 1 September 2019.


To view all current vacancies and to apply online go to: https://otago.taleo.net/careersection/jobdetail.ftl?job=1901576&lang=en

Equal opportunity in employment is University policy.

E tautoko ana Te Whare Wananga o Otago i te kaupapa whakaorite whiwhinga mahi.