University of Caterbury, New Zealand, powered by, Dr Aisling O’Sullivan (Ireland)

“Christchurch is a great city to live in. With the mountains and ocean on your doorstep it offers a terrific ‘playground’ for outdoor recreation. The fine weather and lack of traffic are far more attractive than Dublin. Interdisciplinary research collaborations are not necessarily contingent on large external research funding and we attract excellent postgraduates from overseas who bring a wealth of diversity of skills.”

Dr Aisling O’Sullivan (Ireland)
Senior Lecturer in Civil and Natural Resources Engineering

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Transportation Engineering

Department of Civil and Natural Resources Engineering

We invite applications for a continuing (i.e. permanent/tenured) and full-time position in Transportation Engineering. The positions of Senior Lecturer and Lecturer are broadly equivalent to Associate Professor and Assistant Professor in the North American system.

You will be expected to contribute to the teaching of transportation engineering in undergraduate courses and postgraduate transportation engineering courses.  A contribution to the introductory undergraduate transportation engineering teaching would be expected (e.g., geometric design, traffic engineering, introductory transportation planning, and transportation sustainability). The ability to contribute to teaching in other areas (e.g., optimization, risk management, infrastructure economics, infrastructure resilience, probability/statistics, land surveying, and engineering design) will be an advantage.

The successful candidate will join two newly appointed colleagues with expertise in traffic flow theory, traffic simulation, traffic control, network optimization, intelligent transport systems.

You will be expected to have expertise in at least two of the following areas: land use and transport interaction, travel demand modelling, network reliability and resilience, , traffic safety, public transport operations, goods movement, transportation planning, and transport economics.

You must hold a Ph.D. degree or equivalent in a relevant discipline and have an excellent research record for the position being sought, including publishing papers in high quality, peer reviewed international journals.  You will be expected to establish a vigorous research programme, collaborate with other academics in the University, develop strong links with the engineering profession and industry, and contribute to Departmental activities.  You will also be expected to make substantial contributions at the national and international levels.

The Department of Civil and Natural Resources Engineering is a strong and forward-looking Department, dedicated to excellence in both research and teaching.  It has in the recent past been ranked within the top 20 civil engineering departments in the world (QS rankings).  It offers two undergraduate degrees (one in Civil Engineering and one in Natural Resources Engineering) and a suite of Masters and PhD degrees, including specialized Masters and PhD degrees in Transportation Engineering.  The Department’s Transportation programme is well established and strongly supported by the transportation profession/industry in New Zealand, via an industry liaison committee, assistance with teaching, and funding for research. The demand for graduates is strong. More information on the Department is available at

The closing date is: 22 October 2016

The University of Canterbury is committed to promoting a world-class learning environment through research and teaching excellence, and has a vision statement of “People Prepared to Make a Difference”.  You will have the opportunity to work alongside members of a diverse academic community and enrich your own professional and personal development.

For information about the range of benefits in joining UC please visit us online at:

Application for this position should be in the form of one combined on-line submission.  Your submission package will include:

  • a covering letter,
  • a full curriculum vitae with the contact details of 3 referees,
  • any teaching evaluations
  • unofficial academic transcripts (in English)
  • a 2-3 page document outlining your research interests and goals, your teaching philosophy, and how you see yourself fitting with the current expertise in our department. 

Should you have queries in relation to the application process, please forward these to our Pay&HR team at

For further information about the position, contact Professor Mark Milke

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