Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Geospatial Science at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand


Lecturer/ Senior Lecturer in Geospatial Science
School of Earth and Environment – Te Kura Aronukurangi
College of Science – Te Rāngai Pūtaiao
University of Canterbury – Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha
Christchurch, New Zealand

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

What You Will Do

We invite applications for a Lecturer/ Senior Lecturer position (equivalent to Assistant or Associate Professor in the US System) in Geospatial Science in the School of Earth and Environment, College of Science. The level of appointment will depend on the successful candidate’s relevant experience and impact.

As the successful candidate you will be expected to establish a vigorous, externally-funded research programme and to develop a personal research group in your sub-discipline. We are also looking for an individual who will establish collaborations across the School. The development of collaborative links with the wider geospatial science sector at local, national and international levels will be strongly encouraged and supported.

You will contribute to a range of undergraduate and postgraduate teaching in Geospatial Science, with a focus on Geographic Information Science and Spatial Data Science, and their application to the Social, Earth and Environmental Sciences. Willingness to teaching a GIS applications course for non-specialists is strongly desired.

Who You Are

You are a highly motivated individual but collegial in your outlook. You have a PhD in Geoinformatics, GIScience, Geography or a cognate disciplinary area and ideally some post-PhD experience. You will have a strong research track record appropriate to your career stage. Excellent candidates working in any area of GIScience research will be considered. You will ideally apply your GIS research to one or more of the disciplinary areas in the School and you will have a commitment to excellence and innovation in teaching of Geographic Information Systems and Spatial Data Science-related courses at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. You will also have demonstrated, or have clear potential for and commitment to, excellence in supervision of Masters and PhD students. You will be expected to contribute to School, College, and University activities. Additionally, you will be a collegial and collaborative individual, with the interest and ability to work with researchers, students and practitioners from a diverse range of backgrounds. Members of underrepresented groups in GIS research, such as women, Maori and Pacific peoples, and other minorities, are strongly encouraged to apply.

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 School of Earth and Environment is a dynamic, vibrant, friendly, interdisciplinary group of over 40 academics with numerous research associates and a strong graduate student body. Within the School of Earth and Environment, we tackle a range of geospatial research questions across all our disciplinary areas. The traditional core of GIS sits within Geography, but GIS expertise is also present in Gateway Antarctica, the Waterways Centre and other parts of the School. The University of Canterbury has a strong commitment to GIS Science and related fields through the establishment of the Geospatial Research Institute in the College of Science and the Human Interface Technology Laboratory New Zealand (HIT Lab NZ) in the College of Engineering.

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

Why UC

The University of Canterbury is a globally top 250 research and teaching Institution with a strong commitment to scholarship. We are proud of our graduates who espouse our vision of “People Prepared to Make a Difference”. You will have the opportunity to work alongside members of a world-class academic community and enrich your own professional and personal development.

For information about the range of fantastic benefits that UC offers including flexible work practices, study opportunities and generous superannuation and leave provisions, please visit us:http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/joinus

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 closing date for this position is: Sunday, 19th January 2020 (Midnight NZ time)


Applications for this position should be submitted online and include:

  • a ‘cover letter’, including a 2-3 page statement outlining the applicant’s research interests and goals, teaching philosophy, and their thoughts on how to develop a successful Geospatial Science team at UC, and
  • a ‘curriculum vitae’ which includes a list of relevant research publications and the contact details of three referees.

We are happy to answer your queries in relation to the application process, please forward these to WorkatUC@canterbury.ac.nz

For further information specifically about the role, please contact Acting Head of School, Associate Professor Catherine Reid, catherine.reid@canterbury.ac.nz