Lecturer / Pūkenga in Motor Control

Dunedin, New Zealand
29 Aug 2023
End of advertisement period
01 Oct 2023
Contract Type
Full Time


Based in Dunedin, the School of Physical Education, Sport and Exercise Sciences/Te Kura Para-Whakawai at the University of Otago/Te Whare Wānanga o Otāgo has a long-standing international reputation as a leader in education, research and community service. Since 2017, the QS World University rankings place Otago in the top 15 institutions globally and New Zealand's leading university for sport and exercise related subjects.

We are committed to working closely with iwi and Māori organisations, and mātauraka Māori has become an integral part of teaching and research across the institution. We especially value our relationship with Ngai Tahu, the mana whenua within their takiwā of Te Waipounamu, and the University's principal Treaty partner.

The role - Te mahi

We invite applications for a full-time, permanent (confirmation path) Lecturer in Motor Control. The School particularly welcomes applications from Māori and Pasifika scholars.

Key tasks:

  • To coordinate and deliver effective research-informed undergraduate teaching in SPEX 317 Neural Control of Movement, as well as contribute to teaching in the area of motor control at 100 and 200-levels of the undergraduate curriculum.
  • Contribute to research-informed teaching at postgraduate level.
  • Contribute to curriculum development in the Exercise and Sport Sciences major.
  • Contribute to the research activities of the School, including developing/growing your own research programme, publishing in high-quality peer-reviewed journals, obtaining external funding support, and supervising research students.
  • Contribute to the effective and efficient running of the School and its responsibilities within the University and wider community.
  • Promoting the School's efforts to understand and realise the letter and the spirit of the University's Māori Strategic Framework, and Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

Your skills and experience - Kāpūkeka me kāwheako


  • Experience of effective teaching in topics in the motor control field at a tertiary institution.
  • A confirmed doctoral degree in a relevant discipline (or at least evidence of entering PhD examination phase).
  • A developing research focus with a track record of publishing high quality research (commensurate with years of research experience).
  • Commitment to upholding values, tikanga, kawa and traditions as guided by Ngāi Tahu, who are mana whenua in the region.
  • An ability to form collaborations and work collegially.


  • Current accreditation with relevant professional bodies (e.g., Sport and Exercise Science New Zealand, British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences, Exercise and Sports Science Australia, American College of Sports Medicine, Biokinetics Association of South Africa).

Further details - Pūroko

This is a unique opportunity for an energetic, creative and committed individual to make a significant contribution to the field of exercise and sport science while being well supported by a collegial and dynamic School and University.

Collaboration and collegiality are important values in the School, and we seek a colleague who will both enjoy and enhance our cooperative work environment. Equity and inclusion underpin the School's culture, and we value the benefits that diversity brings to our work and our community. We are committed to our obligations under Te Tiriti o Waitangi and the University's Māori, Pacific and Sustainability Strategic Frameworks.

Ideally, applicants will also be familiar with the University of Otago's strategic direction through to 2030 (Pae Tata) which include commitments to:

  • Provide a compelling and viable educational offer that delivers excellent student outcomes and experiences.
  • Organise and focus research and innovation efforts to deliver high-quality, impactful research.
  • Support our people to achieve their best.
  • Whakamana Te Tiriti o Waitangi - strengthen our capability, capacity, and culture to honour Te Tiriti o Waitangi.
  • Achieve our ambition to become a more global and connected university.

This is a permanent, full-time (1.0 FTE) position.

The salary range for this position is $90,902 to $107,300 per annum.

Application - Tono

Candidates are requested to submit:

  • Current CV
  • Letter of application
  • Three to four referee contact details, including telephone number and email address.

To submit your application please click the apply button below. Applications quoting reference number 2301368 will close on Sunday, 1 October 2023.


To view all current vacancies and to apply online go to: www.otago.ac.nz/jobs

Equal opportunity in employment is University policy.

E tautoko ana Te Whare Wananga o Otago itekaupapawhakaoritewhiwhinga mahi.