University of Canterbury

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Condensed Matter Physics / Materials Science

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School of Physical and Chemical Sciences | Te Kura Matū

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)
  • Two continuing (i.e. permanent) positions

What You Will Do

We invite applications for two Lecturer/Senior Lecturer positions in Condensed Matter Physics / Materials Science where the successful candidates will develop active teaching and research programmes (the appointment is equivalent to Assistant or Associate Professor in the US System). The level of appointment will depend on the successful candidates' relevant experience.

You will contribute to teaching in physics and materials science and collaborate with other academics in the School's teaching and research activities in Physics, Chemistry and Environmental Sciences. You will demonstrate evidence of the ability to secure research funding, and will be expected to develop a strong, externally funded research programme. The appointee will also be expected to develop links with and contribute to the profession at local, national and international levels.

Who You Are

Applicants must hold a Ph.D. degree in Physics, Materials Science, or a related discipline incorporating a strong physics background. The successful applicants will have a demonstrated record of research in physics (preferentially applied to health or sustainability), i.e. in the areas of nanosensors, solar cells, 2D materials, quantum computing, computational/theoretical condensed matter physics/materials science, etc.

The successful candidate will have a commitment to excellence in teaching of core courses in physics at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels, delivering effective teaching methods that enable a wide range of learners to succeed. The appointee will also demonstrate a background in student mentoring and supervision, an ability to collaborate with others in the University, and interest in contributing to School, Faculty, and University activities particularly in the areas of community outreach and retention. The successful candidate will have an active commitment to bringing the Treaty of Waitangi | Te Tiriti o Waitangi as it applies to physics and materials science into their activities and teaching, and have awareness and experience in addressing bicultural issues.

Who You Will Work With

The School of Physical and Chemical Sciences | Te Kura Matū is one of the largest Schools at the University of Canterbury | Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha. The School sits on a solid foundation, built on 150 years of academic tradition. The School has 88 members of academic, technical and administrative staff from very diverse backgrounds, who share the common goal of actively searching for innovative solutions to the problems facing New Zealand and the World.

The School is housed within the Rutherford Regional Science and Innovation Centre (RRSIC), a brand-new research centre, with state-of-the-art teaching and research facilities, and offices in the newly built Beatrice Tinsley building. The School also operates the Mount John Observatory, a unique observation post within the Southern Hemisphere. Researchers from the School also have access to the Scott Base Antarctic Research station and the wider university's excellent research and computational facilities available which can be used to measure, manipulate, visualise and quantify the living world. The School offers majors in Astronomy, Physics, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Medicinal Chemistry and Environmental Sciences. Research in the School is concentrated in five major themes: Sustainability and the Environment, New Materials, Nanotechnology and Laser Physics, Energy and Storage, Astronomy and Astrophysics, and Human, Animal and Plant Health.

For more information about our team, please visit us at Physical and Chemical Sciences | University of Canterbury

Why UC

Tangata Tū, Tangata Ora - Engaged, Empowered, Making a Difference.

The University of Canterbury is committed to accessible higher education, service to community and the encouragement of talent without barriers of distance, wealth, class, gender or ethnicity. The University explicitly aims to produce graduates and support staff who are engaged with their communities, empowered to act for good and determined to make a difference in the world.

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: 16th January 2022 (midnight, NZ time)


Applications for this position must be submitted on our careers website and should include:

  • a brief cover letter 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 research team (combined in one document).
  • a curriculum vitae which includes a list of relevant research publications and the contact details of three referees

Please note, we do not accept applications by email, however we are happy to answer your queries in relation to the application process, please forward these to WorkatUC@canterbury.ac.nz

Prospective candidates are encouraged to contact Professor Rudi Marquez, Head of School, rudi.marquez@canterbury.ac.nz for further information or with any questions, please subject the email "L/SL Condensed Matter Physics - Materials Science"

Important Information

In response to COVID-19 the New Zealand Government have imposed travel restrictions and are currently only allowing New Zealand and Australian citizens and permanent residents to enter the country.

It is uncertain when these border restrictions will change, and this may alter the nature of the standard interview process for candidates, particularly at the on-site interview stage. To see how this might affect your application and for more information and updates on the border restrictions visit the Immigration New Zealand website or the New Zealand Government's official Covid-19 website.

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