Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Plant Molecular Science

  • Full-time
  • Contract Type: Permanent
  • Campus: Auckland City Campus
  • Position Number: 55569408
  • UoA Department Name: Biological Sciences

Company Description

Waipapa Taumata Rau | The University of Auckland
Waipapa Taumata Rau/The University of Auckland, is New Zealand’s leading university, with a turnover of $1.3bn, including research revenue of over $300m generated across eight diverse faculties and two research institutes. We employ more than 5400 academic and professional staff to support over 45,000 students, making us one of NZ’s largest employers. This is a pivotal time to join the University as we implement Taumata Teitei, the University’s Strategic Plan. Taumata Teitei identifies our purpose as “recognising globally transformative impacts through our distinctive strengths in world-leading research, scholarship, teaching and collaborative partnerships inspired by our unique position in Aotearoa New Zealand and the Asia-Pacific”, consistent with our commitments to Te Tiriti o Waitangi/The Treaty of Waitangi.

Job Description

Te Whiwhinga mahi | The opportunity
Te Kura Mātauranga Kiora/The School of Biological Sciences (SBS) is seeking to appoint a permanent, full-time Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Plant Molecular Science to build research capacities and support our postgraduate and undergraduate programmes in plant molecular science and related disciplines.

The expected candidate will have a strong academic background and be an experimentalist who brings expertise in plant molecular biology with specialisations including in genetics/genomics, cell biology, physiology and/or biochemistry. Candidates with particular interests in plant-biotic or abiotic interactions are strongly encouraged to apply. For more detailed information, please refer to the Position Description.

The successful applicant will be expected to establish an innovative research programme with opportunities for students and early career researchers, that will be competitive for research funding opportunities. You will be embedded within the SBS research group, Cellular Molecular Physiological Biology plant molecular science discipline, and work to collegially and collaboratively enhance research outputs, teaching quality, and the reputations of the School and University.

The successful applicant will also develop and lead teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels in biological sciences, which is informed by best practice, current educational research, and framed by Te Tiriti o Waitangi commitments in accordance with the University’s strategic plan. The successful applicant may be required to contribute to collaborative teaching delivery at international partner institutions for a period of approximately 3 weeks at time.

This is a fulltime (40 hours per week), permanent role
Remuneration: $91,328 - $133,386 dependent on experience

Ko te whare Pūtaiao | The Faculty of Science

Ko te whare Pūtaiao/The Faculty of Science at the University of Auckland is the leading science faculty in New Zealand and one of the largest in Australasia. It undertakes world-class research across the physical, biological and computational sciences. More than 8,000 students' study in our 10 schools and departments, learning from internationally renowned lecturers. Our staff and students can connect with our: Rainbow and Women in Science networks, Parenting support, our Waipapa Marae and our flagship Tuākana Māori and Pacific learning community.

Te Kura Mātauranga Kiora/The School of Biological Sciences

Te Kura Mātauranga Kiora/The School of Biological Sciences is the largest School within the Faculty of Science. We are a lively, interdisciplinary School with around 100 academic staff and 4000 students across 38 undergraduate and 34 postgraduate courses. We have international research leaders across a range of fields, organised into three groupings; Cellular Molecular and Physiological Biology; Ecological and Evolutionary Biology; and Biomedical and Human Biology. We are served by well-developed research facilities including controlled environment plant growth facilities, several scientific reserves, and access to shared equipment centres for genomics and mass spectroscopy, amongst others. The School prides itself on its strong links with research, commercial, and community organisations nationally and internationally. SBS is also home to the University of Auckland’s first Tuākana programme (est. 1991), which focuses on Māori and Pacific student academic learning success. We are in the heart of Auckland/Tāmaki Makaurau, a harbour-side city with rich cultural diversity, beaches, islands, iconic volcanoes, and lush forests. Auckland is consistently ranked in the top tier in global quality of life surveys.

He kōrero mōu | About you

You will hold a PhD in a relevant discipline and have appropriate experience in research and teaching to be appointed as a Lecturer or Senior Lecturer at the University of Auckland (see Position description for details). As a member of the academic staff you will also contribute to the development of the School’s vision, values, and mission, as it navigates its way through the exciting, but oftentimes challenging, waters of 21st century higher education in Aotearoa New Zealand. You will therefore be collaborative, collegial, and engaged, with a commitment to the role of the New Zealand university as a “critic and conscience of society”.

Ngā āhuatanga kei a mātou | What we offer

The University is committed to providing an excellent working environment through flexible employment practices and a culture that encourages and supports staff to reach their full potential. It supports equitable access, participation, engagement and success for all staff and students. We offer a competitive salary, five weeks’ annual leave, a company superannuation scheme, discounted car parking, childcare and a number of other discounts on internal and external services. For more information, please visit Staff Benefits.

Me pēhea te tuku tono | How to apply

Applications must be submitted online, by the closing date of 19 June 2023 to be considered. In your application, please include the following:

  1. Your CV;
  2. A cover letter that includes an explanation of how your experience and skills align with the expectations listed in the Position Description;
  3. A statement of your present and future research interests, and your approach to teaching;
  4. The names of three referees (referees will only be contacted if you are shortlisted for this role).

This is a Fulltime, Permanent Role. Start date ideally will be no later than 15 January 2024; this date is open to negotiation with the hiring manager. Please contact Professor Joanna Putterill, [email protected] if you would like to have a confidential conversation about the role. Please note that we are happy to answer your questions but we do not accept applications by email.

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