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Lecturer/Senior Lecturer Physics

Christchurch Central, Christchurch (NZ)
Lecturer (2.01 - $86,197) to Senior Lecturer (4.05 - $124,732).
Closing date
3 Jul 2023

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Applied Science
Job Type
Employment - Hours
Full time

School of Physical and Chemical Sciences - Te Kura Matū

University of Canterbury - Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha

Located in Ōtautahi - Christchurch, Aotearoa - New Zealand

  • Full-time at 37.5 hours per week (1.0 FTE)
  • Continuing (i.e. permanent) position

Āu Mahi - What You Will Do

We invite applications for a Lecturer/Senior Lecturer position in Condensed Matter Physics / Materials Science where the successful candidates will develop active teaching and research programmes (the appointment is equivalent to Assistant or Associate Professor in the US System). The level of appointment will depend on the successful candidate's relevant experience.

You will contribute to teaching in physics and materials science. You will demonstrate evidence of the ability to secure research funding, and will be expected to develop a strong, externally funded research programme. The successful candidate will also show the ability to collaborate with other academics in the School's teaching and research activities in Physics and Chemistry. The appointee will also be expected to develop links with and contribute to the profession at local, national and international levels.

Mōu - Who You Are

Applicants must hold a PhD degree in Physics, Materials Science, or a related discipline incorporating a strong physics background. The successful applicants will have a demonstrated record of research in physics (preferentially applied to health or sustainability), i.e. in the areas of nanosensors, nanoparticles, solar cells, 2D materials, quantum computing, computational/theoretical condensed matter physics/materials science, etc.

The successful candidate will have a commitment to excellence in teaching of core courses in physics at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels, delivering effective teaching methods that enable a wide range of learners to succeed. The appointee will also demonstrate a background in student mentoring and supervision, an ability to collaborate with others in the University, and interest in contributing to School, Faculty, and University activities particularly in the areas of community outreach and retention. The successful candidate will have an active commitment to bringing the Treaty of Waitangi - Te Tiriti o Waitangi as it applies to physics and materials science into their activities and teaching and have awareness and experience in addressing bicultural issues.

Mahi Ngātahi - Who You Will Work With

The School of Physical and Chemical Sciences - Te Kura Matū is one of the largest Schools at the University of Canterbury - Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha. The School sits on a solid foundation, built on 150 years of academic tradition. The School has 88 members of academic, technical and administrative staff from very diverse backgrounds, who share the common goal of actively searching for innovative solutions to the problems facing New Zealand and the World.

The School is housed within the Rutherford Regional Science and Innovation Centre (RRSIC), a brand-new research centre, with state-of-the-art teaching and research facilities, and offices in the newly built Beatrice Tinsley building. The School also operates the Mount John Observatory, a unique observation post within the Southern Hemisphere. Researchers from the School also have access to the Scott Base Antarctic Research station and the wider university's excellent research and computational facilities available which can be used to measure, manipulate, visualise and quantify the living world. The School offers majors in Astronomy, Physics, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Medicinal Chemistry and Environmental Sciences. Research in the School is concentrated in five major themes: Sustainability and the Environment, New Materials, Nanotechnology and Laser Physics, Energy and Storage, Astronomy and Astrophysics, and Human, Animal and Plant Health.

For more information about our team, please visit us at Physical and Chemical Sciences - University of Canterbury

Ngā Painga o UC - Why UC

Tangata Tū, Tangata Ora - Engaged, Empowered, Making a Difference.

The University of Canterbury is committed to accessible higher education, service to community and the encouragement of talent without barriers of distance, wealth, class, gender, or ethnicity. The University explicitly aims to produce graduates and support staff who are engaged with their communities, empowered to act for good and determined to make a difference in the world.

What we offer

  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Supportive working environment
  • Generous annual leave provisions and competitive salary
  • Professional development opportunities
  • A unique working environment in a beautiful campus with access to UC facilities such as the recreation centre and Staff club at discounted rates plus onsite cafés and eateries, and more

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For more information about Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha - University of Canterbury, please visit

The appointable salary range will depend on the skills and experience of the successful applicant and covered by the academic and associated staff collective employment agreement: Lecturer (2.01 - $86,197) to Senior Lecturer (4.05 - $124,732).

The closing date for this position is: 25th June 2023 (midnight, NZ time

Applications will be reviewed after the close date.

Pēhea te tono mai - How You Apply

Applications for this position must be submitted on our careers website and should include:

  • a brief cover letter and a 2-3 page statement outlining the applicant's research interests and goals, teaching philosophy, and their thoughts on how to develop a successful research team (combined in one document).
  • a curriculum vitae which includes a list of relevant research publications and the contact details of three referees.

Please note, we do not accept applications by email, however we are happy to answer your queries in relation to the application process, please forward these to

Prospective candidates are encouraged to contact Prof Rudi Marquez-Mazlin, Head of School, for further information or with any questions, please subject the email "L/SL Condensed Matter Physics - Materials Science".

For overseas applicants, please visit Immigration New Zealand website or the New Zealand Government's official Covid-19 website, to review the latest health and visa requirements for visiting and working in New Zealand.

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