Lecturer / Senior Lecturer, Physical Geography

Dunedin, New Zealand
17 May 2022
End of advertisement period
26 Jun 2022
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Geography
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Te Kete Aronui - Division of Humanities
Te Iho Whenua - School of Geography

The successful candidate for this role will contribute to inter-disciplinary research and teaching that falls within the framework of ki uta ki tai, recognising and encapsulating the holistic interconnectedness of the environment, including the land, water, air, flora, fauna, people and the wellbeing of manawhenua and our other communities.

Our name in te reo Māori - Te Iho Whenua - speaks of the pivotal relationship between people and the earth (Papatūānuku). Our continued focus on the interwoven human and physical processes that together constitute the environment makes us one of the most successful Geography units in New Zealand. We have an excellent reputation for both our teaching and research and attract high-quality, ambitious students from New Zealand and abroad, who flourish in our inspirational environment.

The role - Te mahi

The appointee will teach undergraduate and postgraduate courses inphysicalgeography, with additional contributions to courses in environmental management, and foster postgraduate research at Masters and PhD levels.

Undertaking service and your own research are expectations of the position.

Skills and experience - Kā pūkeka me kā wheako

The successful candidate is expected to have a PhD in Physical Geography. Your mahi must be in the area of Māori or Pacific Indigenous environmental knowledge and you must be able to demonstrate a record of high-quality research, teaching and community engagement in mātauranga Māori or Pacific approaches.

Applicants with competencies/understandings of the broad area of the physical processes driving the relationships between water, land, biota and people are specifically encouraged to apply.

We would also value applicants with skills in using state-of-the-art computing to interpret and visualise geographic data, using geostatistics and/or new field techniques that enable the understanding of ki uta ki tai to be advanced.

In addition, the successful candidate will ideally possess a number of the following skills and experience:

  • Demonstrated ability to engage with te ao Māori, tikanga Māori, Te Tiriti o Waitangi and Kaupapa Māori methodologies.
  • Demonstrated proficiency in delivering high-quality Physical Geography teaching and environmental management programmes, and ability to contribute their own specialist courses.
  • An ability to supervise postgraduate research students.
  • An ability to contribute to teaching and learning environments that support engagement of students and staff with te ao Māori, te reo Māori and mātauranga Māori.
  • An excellent international research profile along with a commitment to and/or established connections with international and/or national researchers.
  • A commitment to being a productive collaborator with a track record of working collegially

Further details - Pūroko

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

This is a confirmation path position, with confirmation of appointment after five years subject to satisfactory performance.

Application - Tono

Candidates are requested to submit the following:

  • A CV, including employment history.
  • A letter of application addressing the Person Specification/Personal Attributes and details of their teaching, research and service experience.
  • 3-4 Referee contact details, including telephone number and email address.

To submit your application please click the apply button below. Applications quoting reference number 2200952 will close on Sunday, 26 June 2022.


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