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Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Astronomy and Astrophysics

University of Canterbury, New Zealand - School of Physical and Chemical Sciences

Location: Christchurch - New Zealand
Salary: Not Specified
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 19th December 2018
Closes: 3rd March 2019

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

Applications are invited for the continuing position of Lecturer/Snr Lecturer in Astronomy and Astrophysics in the School of Physical and Chemical Science. This is equivalent to a (tenured) Assistant Professor in the US system.

To be successful in this role you will hold a PhD or an appropriate equivalent qualification in Astronomy, Physics or a related area and have demonstrated potential for research in observational optical astronomy that complements existing interests in Astronomy and Astrophysics and takes advantage of our research facilities. Observational facilities available include the University of Canterbury Ōtehīwai Mt John Observatory with a variety of research telescopes including the 1-m McLellan Telescope with fibre-fed echelle spectrograph.

The successful applicant will demonstrate potential for academic excellence in teaching and research, be able to conduct innovative and effective lectures and laboratory classes from first year through postgraduate level, publish research at the highest level as assessed by peer-reviewed publications, attract and successfully supervise postgraduate students, and attract research funding.

The School of Physical and Chemical Sciences has diverse teaching and research programmes that include Optical Astronomy, Cosmology, Neutrino and Gamma-ray Astrophysics, Condensed Matter and Laser Physics, Medical Physics, and Atmospheric Physics. Further details about the School of Physical and Chemical Science may be found at

The University of Canterbury is committed to promoting a world-class learning environment through research and teaching excellence, and has a vision statement of “Tangata tū, tangata ora: 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.

Equal opportunity in employment is University policy and the School is committed to equality in the workplace. Applications from all suitably qualified persons are encouraged. The University of Canterbury offers generous leave provisions, including sabbatical and Erksine Fellowship leave. It also has excellent childcare, recreation and staff club facilities on campus.

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

The closing date for this position is:  Sunday 3 March, midnight NZ time.

Applications for this position should include a completed University of Canterbury application form, a curriculum vitae, a summary of recent research achievements and a 1-2 page research proposal outlining intended research and research goals. Applicants are also expected to indicate their teaching experience and philosophy and to indicate the ways they could contribute to courses within the School and to curriculum development in the future. They should also indicate the names and contact details of three referees. Applications should be combined into one document and submitted online. 

Should you wish to e-mail any additional attachments or have queries in relation to the application process, please forward these to Rochelle Golby, Recruitment Advisor,

Further information about this role can be obtained by contacting Head of School, Professor Rudi Marquez, 

Internal candidates should apply via the Careers option in Employee Self-Service:

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