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Lecturer/Senior Lecturer | Climate Physics

University of Auckland
New Zealand
On site, no remote
Applications close:
Posted 2 weeks ago

Waipapa Taumata Rau | The University of Auckland

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.  We  strive to provide a School that reflects the demographics of our student base and Aotearoa. 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 support programme.

At Te Kura Mātai Ahupūngao | Department of Physics discover planets around distant stars, work on understanding the Earth's changing climate, probe the interior of volcanoes, determine how bacterial colonies grow and thrive and explore the connections between discoveries in particle physics and the Big Bang.


Te Whiwhinga mahi | The opportunity

We are currently looking for a Lecturer or Senior Lecturer to take up a position in Climate Physics.

This role will be suited to an outstanding scientist who will play a significant role in climate and atmospheric physics, to strengthen national and international collaborations in the field, and contribute to the educational and research mission of the University.

You will play a leading role in delivering a strong teaching programme in climate science which is well-integrated with the overall teaching programme within the Department of Physics, and to building and maintaining a productive, supportive, and equitable working and learning environment within the Department, Faculty and University. 

The successful applicant will contribute to and help shape the emerging Auckland Climate Research Centre.

This is a fulltime (40 hours per week), permanent appointment with the University of Auckland
Remuneration: L1-SL1, $94,981 and $120,752 per annum

For more detailed information, please refer to the Position Description.


He kōrero mōu | About you

The ideal candidate will have a relevant PhD and a strong track record as a researcher in climate science and climate physics.


Nga Pūkenga Motuhake | Important Skills

  • Evidence of attracting, supporting and supervising post-graduate and PhD research
  • Demonstrable success in attracting external funding
  • A demonstrable commitment to teaching and engagement with pedagogical innovation in climate and the broader physics curriculum
  • Demonstrable evidence of academic leadership and building and maintaining an equitable and supportive working and learning environment.


Mō tō mātou rōpū | About the team

The Department of Physics is home to New Zealand’s leading and largest programme in physics, with concentrations in geophysics and climate physics; fundamental physics and astrophysics; complex systems and condensed matter; atomic, molecular and optical physics; and the physics of measurement and materials.

Members of the Department work closely with scientists in related disciplines at the University and at other New Zealand institutions. The Department has recently undertaken a complete overhaul of its teaching programme, ensuring that it has a well-designed curriculum that is delivered with best-in-class pedagogy. The Department has a strong commitment to building a positive and supportive working and learning environment for researchers, students and staff.

New Zealand maintains a significant portfolio of environmental research infrastructure including sea-going research vessels and infrastructure linked to the Antarctic research programme. The recently established Te Pūnaha Ātea - Auckland Space Institute supports Earth observation and novel space-based instrumentation. Significant national high-performance computing resources are available to University of Auckland researchers, along with access to sites and facilities for field research.


Ngā āhuatanga kei a mātou | What we offer

The University of Auckland is New Zealand’s leading university and maintains significant computational, laboratory and analytic facilities. Auckland itself is frequently rated as one of the world’s most liveable cities. 

The University is committed to providing an excellent working environment through:

  • Flexible employment practices (including working from home, flexible hours)
  • Up to 6.75% company superannuation scheme
  • A competitive salary with five weeks’ annual leave

In addition, we also offer career development programmes, discounted car parking, a generous parental leave allowance, 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  29 February 2024 to be considered.

Please provide a CV, a three-page research statement, a one-page teaching philosophy statement and a one-page statement on work undertaken for equity and inclusion academia.

Please note we do not accept applications by email.

Additional Information


The University is committed to meeting its obligations under the Treaty of Waitangi and achieving equity outcomes for staff and students in a safe, inclusive, and equitable environment.  For further information on services for Māori, Pacific, women, LGBTQIATakatāpuiMVPFAFF+, people with disabilities, parenting support, flexible work and other personal circumstances go to www.equity.auckland.ac.nz

The University is committed to providing a safe, inclusive, and equitable environment where everyone can thrive. For further information see Te Ara Tautika | the Equity Policy and visit www.equity.auckland.ac.nz