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Pūkenga (Lecturer) - Botany

HainesAttract - Victoria University of Wellington
New Zealand (NZ)
Posted Date
Oct 31, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Education
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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Mō te tīma - About our team

The Department of Botany at Otago is the only university department in New Zealand specialising in the science of plants, in fact one of only a few in Australasia. We are a research active department, and our staff teach into a wide range of degree majors, including Botany, Ecology, Genetics, Plant Biotechnology, Agricultural Innovation, Marine Science and Oceanography.

The University of Otago welcomes, supports, and celebrates Māori and Pasifika staff and students. The Office of Māori Development provides guardianship over Māori matters at an organisation-wide level. The University has a Māori Staff Caucus known as Te Poutama Māori, a Pacific Academic Staff Caucus, a Māori student centre known as Te Huka Mātauraka and a Pacific Islands student support centre. Each division of the University has an Associate Dean (Māori) and networks of staff supporting Māori and Pasifika students.

The Department of Botany is committed to affording students the opportunity to engage with knowledge of plants from a Māori world view, and to strengthening its curriculum and research in relation to kaupapa Māori, mātauranga Māori, commitment to Te Tiriti o Wāitangi, the University of Otago Māori Strategic Framework (MSF) and Pacific Strategic Framework (PSF).

Te mahi - The role

Applications are invited for the position of Pūkenga/Lecturer in Botany. We are seeking to appoint a dynamic teacher and researcher with energy and vision to pursue and engage in new opportunities that contribute to teaching and research in the Department of Botany.

The position affords the opportunity for interested scholars to teach and conduct research in a manner that is transformative and beneficial to Māori or Pacifica. Applicants are encouraged to identify the manner in which they will complement existing strengths in the Department and develop new and innovative directions in research and teaching.

Applications from candidates with a background in any aspect of plant ecology or ethnobotany are strongly encouraged.

Through this appointment we intend to further enable the Department of Botany to strengthen its engagement and commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi and the University of Otago's MSF and PSF. The successful candidate will be an important part of our future plan to grow Māori and Pacifica academics within the Department.

Kā pūkeka me kā wheako - Skills and experience

The successful candidate must have:

  • A PhD with a research focus in an area of botany, ethnobotany or plant ecology.
  • Demonstrated ability and passion for delivering high-quality teaching that will support and enhance the Department's degree programme.
  • Ability to establish, develop and maintain an independent and on-going research programme with funding success.

In addition, it will be desirable for the successful candidate to have:

  • Familiarity with Māori or Pasifika concepts, values, ideas, and practices as they relate to research and teaching in Botany and ecology.
  • Established, or commitment to developing, relationships with national and local iwi and rūnaka.
  • Commitment to upholding values, tikanga, kawa and traditions as guided by Ngāi Tahu, who hold mana whenua in the region.

Please also refer to the attached job description for more information on the skills and experience required for the position.

Pūroko - Further details

This is a full-time (1.0 FTE), confirmation-path (tenure track) position at the level of Lecturer (equivalent to Assistant Professor in the North American system). However, a part-time or job-sharing position could be considered for the right candidate(s).

The salary range for a Lecturer is $83,652 to $100,050 per annum.

The successful candidate is expected to take up duties by 13 February 2023.

Specific enquiries may be directed to Associate Professor David Orlovich, Head of Department, Department of Botany - Te Tari Huaota, via the contact details below.

Tono - Application

Candidates are requested to submit the following:

  • CV.
  • Cover letter addressing suitability of the position.
  • Names and email addresses of at least three referees.

To submit your application please click the apply button. Applications quoting reference number 2201770 will close on Sunday, 27 November 2022.

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