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

Associate Professor / Professor of Autonomous Vehicle Technology (AVT)

Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering

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

The Associate Professor / Professor of AVT is responsible for providing leadership that delivers high-quality growth in UC’s research outputs, enhances people and organisational capability, and attracts international postgraduate students. The timing of this appointment offers a real opportunity to transform the capability and offering of the scholarly team in line with global 21st century research and teaching. The university-wide regeneration of facilities and culture is an enabler for inter-disciplinary working on research and programme development that is gaining world leading recognition. The appointee will be expected to translate research to industry and provide strong leadership of entrepreneurial activity in their field. 

The ability to provide outstanding teaching, research and entrepreneurial expertise to both academic and real-world programmes is critical, as is the ability to collaborate and partner with other departments, industry and non-academic stakeholders.

The successful appointee will display the following attributes: 

  • A PhD in a computer vision or machine learning/AI related discipline.
  • Experience in research and development of integrated AVT for vehicles and/or robots and/or drones using computer vision and machine learning/AI.
  • A reputation for research excellence and stimulating academic leadership.
  • Record of entrepreneurial activity and leadership.
  • Experience in developing industry-aligned research programmes.
  • Demonstrated ability to shape an innovative and collaborative culture.
  • Strong communication and capability building skills.
  • A reputation for providing high-quality teaching and postgraduate supervision. 

Located in Christchurch, New Zealand, the University of Canterbury (UC) offers world-class research, inspirational teaching, modern facilities and a vibrant campus environment, and is ranked in the top 1% of global universities.  The Canterbury Region is a magnet for growth and innovation; it is New Zealand’s fastest growing regional economy and is rapidly transforming its economic base to meet the future needs of high-value business.  Canterbury is home to some of New Zealand’s most innovative businesses, including high-tech producers and manufacturers, global exporters, re-located multi-national research and development teams, and specialised professional services and tourism providers.  Within this setting, UC has embarked on a period of renewal and regeneration to create a strong and sustainable tertiary institution.  UC’s extensive building  programme, including ~$NZ 500 M of new and renewed engineering and science precincts, is transforming campus spaces into a learning and research environment that is innovative and engaging, and will underpin 21st century research-intensive higher education. UC encourages and supports its academic staff to undertake entrepreneurial and business-facing activities. 

The closing date for this position is: Tuesday, 19th September 2017 

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. 

UC ranks in the top 150 universities in the world for Engineering. For information about the range of benefits in joining UC please visit us online at: 

Applications for this position should include a cover letter, resume with recent teaching assessments, details of research activities and publications, record of enterprise development and engagement, and referee details, combined into one document and submitted online. Please ensure your document file name is your surname, followed by your initial. 

Confidential enquiries can be made to Professor Ian Wright on +6433693773 at or Professor Jan Evans-Freeman email at 

The University of Canterbury is an EEO employer and actively seeks to meet its obligation under the Treaty of Waitangi.