Lecturer in Astronomy – University of Canterbury

Department of Physics and Astronomy

    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 in Astronomy in the Department of Physics and Astronomy. 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 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 10-m Southern African Large Telescope and the 1-m McLellan Telescope with fibre-fed echelle spectrograph at the University of Canterbury Mt John Observatory.

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 Department of Physics and Astronomy 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 Department of Physics and Astronomy may be found at http://www.phys.canterbury.ac.nz/

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 Tu, 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 Department 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: http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/joinus

The closing date for this position is Sunday 10th January 2016 NZ time.

Interviews for this vacancy are anticipated to take place in late January 2016. 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 Nikki Gibbs, Recruitment Coordinator, nikki.gibbs@canterbury.ac.nz

Further information about this role can be obtained by contacting Head of Department, Professor Mike Reid, mike.reid@canterbury.ac.nz

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

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