Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Information Science

Dunedin, New Zealand
08 Mar 2018
End of advertisement period
08 Apr 2018
Contract Type
Full Time


The University of Otago is one of New Zealand’s largest and most research-intensive universities, ranked in the top 1% in the QS World University ranking.

The Department of Information Science is part of the Otago Business School, which has an international reputation for excellence in teaching and research. We are excited to be part of a field that shapes our future. Our award-winning staff conduct research in cutting-edge areas of Information Science and work closely with industry. We are now seeking to make two permanent academic appointments at Lecturer/Senior Lecturer level.

We foster a collaborative and collegial approach to teaching and research. This is a rare opportunity to combine a successful academic career with the work-life balance people at Otago enjoy. The University of Otago is located in the city of Dunedin (South Island, Aotearoa/New Zealand). Dunedin offers an outstanding quality of life, temperate climate, and close proximity to Queenstown, the Central Otago Lakes, ski fields, and New Zealand’s alpine National Parks.

The Role

We are looking for candidates from all areas of Information Science, including Software Engineering, Information Systems, Artificial Intelligence, Data Science, Human-Computer Interaction, and Health Informatics. The department has a strong international reputation in the fields of Autonomous Systems, Evolutionary Computation, Virtual and Augmented Reality, Pattern Recognition and Machine Learning, and Software Project Management.

A particular focus on the ability to teach Information Security and Assurance is required for one of the vacant positions.

In teaching and research, you will have the opportunity to collaborate with a range of areas within the department and university-wide. It is expected that you will develop an independent and productive research programme.

Selection Criteria

  • PhD degree (essential).
  • Active research portfolio, with evidence of high-quality work (essential).
  • Industry experience or exposure to non-academic aspects of the discipline (beneficial).
  • Experience with building technical artefacts (information systems, software components, prototypes) (beneficial).
  • Prior teaching experience is beneficial (essential for appointment at Senior Lecturer).
  • Collaborative and collegial approach to teaching and research.

To be successful in this role, you will ideally combine technical understanding with an ability to apply information science to the wider world.

Further details

These are permanent, full-time confirmation path (“tenure track”) positions.

The Department is committed to diversity in staffing. We strongly encourage applications from women and other groups who are underrepresented in Information Science. The University has generous parental leave provisions and operates childcare centres covering the period from birth to five years.

Specific enquiries about the positions may be directed to Professor Holger Regenbrecht, Head of Department, Department of Information Science, by emailing holger.regenbrecht@otago.ac.nz


Candidates are required to provide:

  • A CV, including employment history.
  • A letter of application addressing the desired skills and experience.
  • A list of publications (annotated with appropriate quality metrics, e.g. number of citations, h5-indicies, CORE/ERA rankings).
  • Full-text versions of two publications the applicant considers their best work, accompanied with brief details of their contribution (unless sole-authored) and explanation of why they consider it their best work.
  • Contact details for three referees.

To submit your application please click the apply button below. Applications quoting reference number 1800582 will close on Sunday, 8 April 2018 (NZ Time).


To view all current vacancies and to apply online go to: https://otago.taleo.net/careersection/2/jobdetail.ftl?job=1800582

Equal opportunity in employment is University policy.

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