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Employer: Lincoln University

Role: Lecturer / Senior Lecturer in the Practice of River Restoration

Location: Lincoln University Campus

Closes: 9am 9 August 2021

The Waterways Centre for Freshwater Management is inviting applications for a new Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in the Practice of River Restoration. This is a continuing position and the level of appointment will depend on the successful candidate's relevant experience.

The Opportunity

We seek an ambitious and collaborative colleague who will complement and strengthen our existing capability in the science and practice of river restoration. For this position, we are specifically seeking a person who will support a programme of impact-orientated education and research. You will engage with stakeholders from the private and public sector along with community groups to deepen and develop the knowledge base supporting programmes of river restoration, rehabilitation and recovery. We particularly invite candidates with backgrounds that will extend our capacity in one or more of the following areas: freshwater ecology; hydromorphology; and fluvial geomorphology and who are motivated to work across an interdisciplinary arena.

The successful candidate will support teaching, outreach and research with an indicative allocation of 40:40:20 to these roles. This is an exciting opportunity that requires a candidate capable of forging close ties with external stakeholders from national and local government, industry and community groups and a willingness to develop a stream of innovative impact-orientated research and education that helps to foster tangible improvements in the state of our river environments.

You will bring expertise in key areas such as freshwater community ecology, habitat assessment, biomonitoring and hydrometry, Earth observation and GIS that complement our existing strengths in hydrology, fluvial geomorphology, water governance and ecology. We are particularly looking for a candidate who will thrive in an interdisciplinary context, loves working in the field, is an excellent communicator and is experienced working with groups outside of the academe. You will need to be self-motivated, practically orientated, goal-driven and adaptable.

Applicants must also demonstrate their commitment and ability to deliver innovative and excellent teaching and learning. The role will involve the development of professional short courses, as well as supporting our existing undergraduate and graduate programmes in Water Resource Management. You will be expected to support the delivery of field classes, lectures, laboratory classes and support postgraduate supervision.

About You

Applicants should have a PhD or an appropriate equivalent qualification in a field related to river restoration. You will be able to demonstrate potential for excellence in teaching and applied research. You will have a developing track record of publications and evidence of an ability to attract external funding. You will be able, or have the potential, to develop and deliver innovative and effective lectures and field classes, supervise graduate students and be an effective communicator to others outside your discipline.

We are looking for a collaborative colleague who can work with others and will embrace opportunities that contribute to our core mission. Successful candidates will also demonstrate a commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion and work to create environments that are inclusive of under-represented groups and meet the needs of diverse populations and interests.

The qualifications and skills we are seeking for this role are:

  • A record of novel applied research and publication

  • A commitment to work collaboratively with partners from industry, government and civil society to co-create and maximize the impact of research

  • An innovative research agenda with a focus on applied freshwater science

  • Demonstrated excellence as a science communicator

  • Demonstrated potential and willingness to generate external research income

  • Demonstrated ability or clear potential to encourage, facilitate and mentor graduate research students

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to work with students and staff from a diverse range of backgrounds

About Us

The Waterways Centre for Freshwater Management is a leading centre for research and teaching in watershed science and the management of water resources.  It is a partnership between Lincoln University and the University of Canterbury that seeks to advance fundamental understanding of our freshwater environments as integrated physical, social and cultural systems. Operating from a base at the University of Canterbury, we offer first-class research and teaching facilities that support an active community of researchers engaged in fundamental and applied research spanning the physical and social dimensions of freshwater. The Centre is committed to the delivery of high impact research that aims to support transformative change in the management of freshwater systems. We have a vibrant graduate school working towards both doctoral and masters programmes and we deliver an integrated Masters of Water Resources Management that aims to train the next generation of researchers and practitioners. We work collaboratively across both Universities to synergize our research expertise and deliver a wide portfolio of teaching. You will be actively encouraged to forge new collaborations across both Lincoln and Canterbury universities.

About Lincoln University

As the longest-running land-based university in the Southern Hemisphere, Lincoln University's story begins with agriculture but it certainly does not end there. As New Zealand's economy diversified, so have we. Lincoln University is here to enhance and enrich lives. To grow the knowledge of our students so they can shape a world that benefits from a greater understanding of the relationship between our land, the food produced from it and the ecosystems within it. With three academic faculties, one teaching division, several research centres and a range of corporate service units, Lincoln University draws its students from throughout New Zealand and from over 60 countries. Lincoln University has a student roll of around 3,000 and approximately 600 staff.

Informal enquiries may be made to James Brasington (

For further information contact Louisa Pilkington, HR Business Partner (

To Apply

Applications for this position must be submitted online and should include:

  • a 'cover letter' including a 2-3 page statement outlining your motivation to apply for this role, your research interests, teaching philosophy and experience you have working with groups outside of the academe.

  • a cv which summarizes your career roles and responsibilities and includes a list of relevant research publications.

All applications must be received by 9 am, Monday 9 August 2021.

Important Notice

In response to COVID-19, the New Zealand Government have imposed travel restrictions and are currently only allowing New Zealand Residents, Citizens and visa holders meeting a strict exception policy to enter the country, all of whom must currently enter Government-approved isolation/quarantine for two weeks upon arrival. It is uncertain when these border restrictions will change, and this may impact the degree to which an off-shore candidate will be able to participate in the recruitment process, particularly an on-site interview. To see how this might affect your application and for more information and updates on the border restrictions visit the Immigration New Zealand website or the New Zealand Government's official Covid-19 website.

Lincoln University is an EEO employer and actively seeks to meet its obligations under the Treaty of Waitangi.

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