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Pūkenga/Pūkenga Matua (Lecturer/Senior Lecturer) - Physical Geography



We invite applications for a full-time, permanent (confirmation path) Pūkenga/Pūkenga Matua (Lecturer/Senior Lecturer) in Physical Geography, to join Te Iho Whenua (The School of Geography,) at the University of Otago, in Te Wai Pounamu, the South Island of Aotearoa New Zealand.

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 in physical geography, 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.

Specific enquiries may be directed to Professor Etienne Nel, Head of School, School of Geography via the contact details below.

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. Applications quoting reference number 2200952 will close on Sunday, 26 June 2022.

Additional Information

Contact: Professor Etienne Nel

Position details: Information Statement

Guidelines for Academic Positions: Guidelines

Further Information: Department Website

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Location: About Dunedin

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Permanent Employment Status

Salary Level and Range Lecturer / Research Fellow ($82,416 to $98,571) or Senior Lecturer / Senior Research Fellow ($103,678 to $119,266)


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