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Lecturer/Senior Lecturer Organic Chemistry

University of Otago - Division of Sciences

Location: Dunedin - New Zealand
Salary: NZ$82,416 to NZ$119,266 or £42,504.49 to £61,509.17 (converted salary*)
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 6th September 2021
Closes: 10th October 2021
Job Ref: 2101749



The University of Otago is New Zealand’s 2nd largest university, with over 20,000 students and 4,000 full-time equivalent staff. Otago’s Department of Chemistry is the oldest Chemistry department in New Zealand (established in 1871) and teaches ca 500 full-time students. 

The Department has a long-standing international reputation as a leader in research and education. There are currently 15 full-time academic staff, 16 administrative and technical staff, and 7 research staff including postdoctoral fellows. In addition, Plant and Food Research staff (a Crown Research Institute) work within the Department. 

Our researchers are actively involved with New Zealand’s Centres for Research Excellence (CoREs): MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology, Dodd-Walls Centre for Photonic and Quantum Technologies, Maurice Wilkins Centre for Molecular Biodiscovery, The Riddet Institute, and Coastal People: Southern Skies. 

The role 

We are seeking to appoint a full-time, permanent (confirmation path) Lecturer in Organic Chemistry. Appointment at the Senior Lecturer level will be considered where the successful applicant has significant teaching and research experience. 

Applicants from all areas of Organic Chemistry are welcome to apply. The Department encourages applications from Māori researchers and from researchers with an interest in research relevant to Māori. 

In this role you will:

  • Contribute to the research activities of the Department, including publishing in high-quality peer-reviewed journals, attracting external funding support and supervising research students.
  • Contribute to undergraduate and postgraduate teaching in Organic Chemistry.
  • Contribute to the teaching of general Chemistry at the first-year undergraduate level.
  • Develop collaborations with colleagues across the University, nationally and internationally.
  • Contribute to the effective and efficient running of the Department and its responsibilities within the University and wider community. 

Your skills and experience 

To be successful in this role, you will:

  • Hold a PhD in Chemistry with a focus on Organic Chemistry.
  • Have a proven research track record within the field of Organic Chemistry and a corresponding publication record.
  • Have a passion for teaching and an ability to work well with students from different backgrounds.
  • Develop collaborative working relationships with colleagues.
  • Be committed to supporting the University’s Māori, Pacific, and Sustainability strategic frameworks. 

Further details 

Collaboration and collegiality are important values in the Department, and we seek a colleague who will both enjoy and enhance our cooperative work environment. Such a colleague would also be expected to adopt Kā Mātāpono/Our Staff Values of Respect, Integrity, Curiosity and Community. We are committed to equity, and we value the benefits that diversity brings to our work and our community. 

In addition to research and teaching excellence, the University is committed through its Strategic Direction to local, national, and international betterment, strong external engagement, sustainable capability, providing outstanding and unique student experiences. 


Candidates are requested to submit the following:

  • Cover letter addressing the attributes under ‘Your skills and experience’.
  • CV
  • A one-page research plan, including any significant equipment access required.
  • Contact details for 3-4 referees. 

To submit your application please click the apply button. Applications quoting reference number 2101749 will close on Sunday, 10 October 2021.

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