Senior Lecturer in Environmental Science

University of the South Pacific - School of Geography, Earth Science and Environment

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USP’s School of Geography, Earth Science & Environment (SGESE) is looking to appoint an interdisciplinary oriented Senior Lecturer in Environmental Science who is enthusiastic about working in a multicultural team to address the environmental challenges of the tropical Pacific Islands. SGESE works on major themes of environmental change, sustainability, ecosystem dynamics, and community resilience.

The Opportunity

The appointee will be expected to:

  • Teach undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Environmental Science and Environmental Management.
  • Undertake research within the broad area of Environmental Science on issues of environmental change, sustainable management, and resource conservation.
  • Play a key role in externally funded project development and project implementation.
  • Make significant contribution to the leadership of the School and play an academic leadership role within the discipline.
  • Attract and supervise postgraduate students.
  • Facilitate collaboration and cross-disciplinary activities across the various sectors of the University.
  • Assist in dealing effectively with national, regional, and international agencies and NGOs on matters relating to applied environmental science, policy and governance, sustainable development, vulnerability assessment, and adaptation to environmental change.

The Person We Seek

To be considered for this position, applicants must have:

  • A PhD in Environmental Science, Geography, Ecology, or a cognate discipline.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • A track record of successful grant acquisition.
  • Significant tertiary teaching experience.
  • A strong record of internationally recognised research and publications.
  • A strong record of quality teaching and a demonstrated capacity for academic and administrative leadership.

Preference will be given to applicants with:

  • Significant experience in the South Pacific or other islands contexts.
  • Significant experience in environmental impact assessment.
  • Experience in distance and online teaching.
  • A proven record of successful liaison with international and national donor agencies.
  • Demonstrated experience in biodiversity conservation will be of particular advantage.

The position is available for a term of 5 years and may be renewed by mutual agreement.

Salary Range: Senior Lecturer FJ$90,882 to FJ$104,865 per annum.

In addition to the above benefits, the University contributes 10% of basic salary to an approved superannuation scheme, provides airfare and relocation costs where appropriate.

Enquiries: Dr Naohiro Nakamura (email:

Closing date for applications: 28 January 2018.

How to Apply

Candidates may use the University’s online E-Recruitment system to view full details and apply for this position at Manual and emailed applications are no longer accepted. Candidates may request further information from the Human Resources Office (tel.: (679) 32 32072; email: or

Please also include the following documents in your application: Cover letter and Resume clearly addressing key Selection Criteria; academic transcript and names of three referees, one of which must be your current or most recent direct work supervisor.

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