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Lecturer/Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor/Professor in Spatial Data Science

University of Canterbury, New Zealand - School of Earth and Environment

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

What You Will Do 
Applications are invited for a continuing (i.e. permanent and tenured) position in the School of Earth and Environment. The level of appointment (from Lecturer to Professor) will depend on the successful candidate's relevant experience. 

You will be expected to develop and maintain a well-funded research programme, including a strong research team while at UC. You will provide leadership in research in spatial data science and related fields. 

You will develop and contribute to teaching in core courses in Spatial Data Science, which is a subject major within the new Bachelor of Data Science (BdataSc). You will also be expected to lead curriculum development in spatial science and GIS teaching in the wider Geography programme in SEE and you may teach into the wider GIS programme, if appropriate.

A willingness and ability to collaborate with other academics from a range of disciplinary perspectives will be an important aspect of the position. We particularly seek applications from individuals with the capacity to teach and research in Spatial Data Science and GIS. 

At the Lecturer and Senior Lecturer scales, preferred qualifications are programming experience (e.g. Python) and experience working with big data and visualization tools. 

Further, for appointment of Associate Professor and Professor you will provide leadership for spatial data science and GIS within the School of Earth and Environment, including directing the Professional Masters of Geospatial Science and Technology and related programmes (PGDip etc).  You will provide support to the Head of the School of SEE around the development of spatial data science and GIS within the School and across UC.  Leadership is a critical component of appointment at these levels. 

Who You Are 
You will hold a PhD in Geography (or closely related field). At lecturer/senior lecturer level you will demonstrate the potential to become an internationally recognised researcher in the field with a track record appropriate to the level of appointment. At associate or full professorial levels you will be an internationally recognised researcher in the field of spatial data science or a closely adjacent field.  You will have a strong track-record of grants and publications in your sub-discipline.    

The successful candidate will have a commitment to excellence in teaching of core courses in spatial data science at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels, delivering effective teaching methods that enable a wide range of learners to succeed. Postgraduate Teaching qualifications and online teaching experience would be desirable. The appointee will also ideally demonstrate a background in supervising final year undergraduate projects, Masters and Ph.D. students, ability to collaborate with others in the University, and an interest in contributing to Departmental, College, and University activities. 

Who You Will Work With 
The School of Earth and Environment is a new entity formed in late 2019. It brings together all the Earth and Environmental units at the University of Canterbury to take advantage of the opportunities for high impact research and teaching in our unique environmental setting of South Island, New Zealand; the Southern Ocean and Antarctica.    

The role of the School of Earth and Environment | Te Kura Aronukurangi is to provide undergraduate and postgraduate education, and to carry out high-class research, in the areas of geography and geology and associated disciplines; and to facilitate the use by professions and society of the knowledge gained.  The School also hosts Gateway Antarctica, a centre for Antarctic Studies and Research at the University of Canterbury, and the Waterways Centre for Freshwater Management which is jointly operated by the University of Canterbury and Lincoln University to teach and to facilitate research in the field of water resource management. 

For more information about our School and team, please visit our website.  

Why UC 
Tangata Tū, Tangata Ora - Engaged, Empowered, Making a Difference.  

The University of Canterbury is committed to accessible higher education, service to community and the encouragement of talent without barriers of distance, wealth, class, gender or ethnicity. The University explicitly aims to produce graduates and support staff who are engaged with their communities, empowered to act for good and determined to make a difference in the world. 

The University of Canterbury is an Equal Employment Opportunities (EEO) employer and we encourage diversity in our staffing profile. The University of Canterbury actively seeks to meet its obligation under the Treaty of Waitangi | Te Tiriti o Waitangi. 

The University of Canterbury is a leading University in New Zealand, with over 15,000 students across five colleges. We are located in Christchurch - the gateway to the South Island of New Zealand with easy access to the Southern Alps and renowned skiing, hiking, fishing, whale watching, mountain biking and other outdoor destinations and facilities to support a work-life-balance lifestyle.  

We offer a range of fantastic benefits including flexible work practices, study opportunities and generous superannuation and leave provisions. For more information, please visit us: 

The closing date for this position is: Sunday, 14th February 2021 (midnight, NZ time) 

How You Apply 
Applications for this position must be submitted on our careers website and should include a cover letter and resume. Please note, we do not accept applications by email, however we are happy to answer your queries in relation to the application process, please forward these to  

Important Information 

In response to COVID-19 the New Zealand Government have imposed travel restrictions and are currently only allowing New Zealand Residents, Citizens and visa holders meeting a strict exception policy to enter the country, all of whom must currently enter Government-approved isolation/quarantine for two weeks upon arrival. 

It is uncertain when these border restrictions will change, and this may impact the degree to which an off-shore candidate will be able to participate in the recruitment process, particularly an on-site interview. To see how this might affect your application and for more information and updates on the border restrictions visit the Immigration New Zealand website or the New Zealand Government’s official Covid-19 website

Location: Christchurch - New Zealand
Salary: Not Specified
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 18th December 2020
Closes: 14th February 2021
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