Lecturer/ Senior Lecturer in Disaster Risk and Resilience

Christchurch (Locality), Canterbury (NZ)
Jul 30, 2019
Aug 29, 2019
Thomas Wilson
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Lecturer/ Senior Lecturer in Disaster Risk and Resilience
Department of Geological Sciences - Te Tari Pūtaiao ā-Nuku
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 Disaster Risk and Resilience in the Department of Geological Sciences in the College of Science.

This position will join the vibrant and flourishing Disaster Risk and Resilience group. You will contribute to a range of undergraduate and postgraduate teaching in Geological Sciences, with a focus on the Master of Disaster Risk and Resilience. You will also supervise MSc and PhD thesis students.

The successful candidate will be expected to establish a vigorous, externally-funded research programme, which can link with existing activities and develop in new directions. Development of collaborative research and practice links with the wider disaster risk and resilience sector at local, national and international levels will be strongly encouraged and supported. The level of appointment will depend on the successful candidate's relevant experience.

Who You Are

You will have a PhD in geology, disaster risk and/or resilience, or in a related disciplinary area. You will have subject matter expertise in disaster risk and resilience, with a strong emerging research track record and evidence of securing external research grants (depending on position level). You will have a commitment to excellence and innovation in teaching of disaster risk and resilience and Earth surface processes at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. You will also have demonstrated, or have clear potential for excellence in supervision of Masters and Ph.D. students. You will also have the ability and interest in contributing to Departmental, College, and University activities.

Disaster risk and resilience is an interdisciplinary field and we encourage diverse applications, although for this position it will be advantageous to be able to contribute to teaching geologic hazards in active landscapes, including field-based teaching. You will be a highly collaborative individual, with the interest and ability to work with diverse researchers and practitioners.

Who You Will Work With

You will be a key member of the vibrant and growing Disaster Risk and Resilience Group, within Te Tari Pūtaiao ā-Nuku - Department of Geological Sciences. The DRR Group has a strong research profile and strives for teaching and service excellence, with strong and active connections to practice and policy domains. You will have the opportunity to contribute to and help shape the future of teaching, research and practice in one of the world’s most active disaster laboratories. For more information on the DRR Group, please follow this link: https://www.canterbury.ac.nz/science/schools-and-departments/geological-sciences/postgraduate-study-and-research/disaster-risk-and-resilience/.

You will also work with Lincoln University colleagues as part of the jointly offered Master of Disaster Risk and Resilience (MDRR). For more information on the MDRR, please follow this link:


The Department of Geological Sciences is to merge with the Department of Geography and the Waterways Centre for Freshwater Management, to form the School of Earth and Environment in late 2019. This presents an exciting opportunity to join a new School early in its development and to help shape and realise the benefits of being in a multidisciplinary environment.

Why UC

The University of Canterbury is committed to promoting a world-class learning environment through research and teaching excellence, and has a vision statement of "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.

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 closing date for this position is: 10 September 2019 (Midnight NZ time)


Applications for this position are submitted online and should include:

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

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: thomas.wilson@canterbury.ac.nz

Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha - University of Canterbury is an EEO employer and actively seeks to meet its obligation under Te Tiriti o Waitangi.