University of Otago

Lecturer in Zoology (Matauranga Maori/Te Ao Maori)

University of Otago

Dunedin, New Zealand



Who we are

The Division of Sciences is one of the four teaching divisions in the University, the others being Health Sciences, Commerce, and Humanities. The Division of Sciences represents a broad range of disciplines in 15 Departments and a number of inter-disciplinary programmes.

The Department of Zoology has a strong reputation in whole-organism biology, with research strengths that include neurobiology, animal behaviour, conservation biology, genetics, evolutionary biology, parasitology, environmental physiology and wildlife management. We have links to the Department of Botany, the Department of Marine Science, the Ecology, the Neuroscience, the Genetics Programmes, and other centres at the University of Otago, providing a collaborative environment and resources for innovative interdisciplinary research.

Our staff have international reputations in their areas of expertise and make major contributions to answering fundamental questions in basic and applied research.

The Department of Zoology is committed to affording students the opportunity to engage with knowledge of animals from a Maori world view, and to strengthening its curriculum and research in relation to kaupapa Maori and matauranga Maori, the University of Otago Maori Strategic Framework, and the Treaty of Waitangi.

The role

Applications are invited for the position of Lecturer in Zoology (Matauranga Maori/Te Ao Maori).

We are seeking a person with a relevant doctorate, and demonstrated potential to develop as an outstanding researcher and teacher in advancing matauranga Maori/Te Ao Maori perspectives in the study of Zoology. The position affords an exciting opportunity for an emerging scholar to research and teach from a kaupapa Maori perspective, in a vibrant and diverse Department. The successful candidate will be undertaking and developing research that is transformative and beneficial for Maori communities and supports the university’s commitment to excellence in research.

Your skills and experience:

  • PhD with established research focus in a zoological discipline.
  • Knowledge of and familiarity with Maori concepts, values, ideas and practices as they relate to the biology of animals.
  • A strong interest, and preferably experience, in research and teaching from a kaupapa Maori and matauranga Maori perspective.
  • An ability to contribute to teaching and learning environments that support engagement of students and staff with te ao Maori, te reo Maori and matauranga Maori.
  • Be committed to and or have established connections or track record of working with national and local iwi and runaka, together with an active commitment to upholding values, tikanga, kawa and traditions as guided by Ngai Tahu, who hold mana whenua.
  • Be committed to being a team member and have a track record in working collegially.

Further details

This is a confirmation-path (tenure track) position at the level of Lecturer. The successful candidate is expected to take up duties by 1 July 2020.

Candidates are requested to submit the following:

  • A CV, including employment history.
  • A letter of application.
  • 3-4 Referee contact details, including telephone number and email address.

Applications quoting reference number 1901863 will close on Sunday, 27 October 2019.


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Equal opportunity in employment is University policy.

E tautoko ana Te Whare Wananga o Otago i te kaupapa whakaorite whiwhinga mahi.

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