Job vacancy: Researcher/Senior Lecturer in Marine (Carbonate) Chemistry, University of Otago, New Zealand

Deadline for applications: Sunday, 2 July 2023

The role/Te mahi

The Department of Marine Science Te Tari Pūtaiao Taimoana at the University of Otago, New Zealand, and the National Institute for Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA, NZ) seek applications for a Researcher/Senior Lecturer position in marine biogeochemistry, with experience/expertise in carbonate chemistry (a confirmation-path [tenure track], permanent position).

This is a joint appointment across two institutions that have maintained a long-term productive partnership in marine research. Consequently, the position will have two independent employers (NIWA and Otago), each with respective performance expectations and employment conditions (as outlined in the Information for Candidates).

Your skills and experience/Kā pūkeka me kā wheako

The successful applicant will hold a PhD degree with Doctoral experience at the time of appointment. They will be an active researcher as evidenced by high quality publications, ideally in marine carbonate chemistry, to enable them to maintain and grow the national analytical carbonate research and capability, and to teach and supervise students across undergraduate and postgraduate levels, in marine chemistry and oceanography.

We are particularly interested in applications from individuals whose research lends itself to interdisciplinary collaboration, who can demonstrate outstanding capability in research, teaching and communicating marine science, and who are collaborative and collegial in their work.

About our team/Mō te tīma

Both the University of Otago and NIWA foster collaboration, with marine researchers interacting across departments at the University and with other national and international research organisations. The Southern Ocean sits on our doorstep, and we expect the successful candidate to take advantage of our unique geographical setting. University facilities include a purpose-built carbonate chemistry laboratory, the Portobello Marine Laboratory on the Otago Peninsula, small boats and coastal shelf research vessels, and field stations in Fiordland and Stewart Island. NIWA facilities include analytical services, a wide range of oceanographic and analytical equipment at NIWA, and the national deep sea research vessel, the R/V Tangaroa, that voyages regularly in New Zealand’s EEZ, the South Pacific and Antarctica.

Specific research opportunities with this position include the Munida transect time-series (running 25 years), the National Ocean Acidification Observing Network (20 coastal stations), autonomous pCO2 measurement on the R/V Tangaroa, and access to the New Zealand fiords.

The successful applicant will be required to support the University’s commitment to the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi as outlined in the University’s Māori Strategic Framework, and to greater partnership with Pacific Island nations as outlined in the University’s Pacific Strategic Framework.

Further details/Pūroko

This is a full-time (1.0 FTE), permanent position, located in Dunedin. The FTE of this position is split between the Department of Marine Science (0.5 FTE) and NIWA (0.5 FTE).

The salary range for a Senior Lecturer is $108,732 to $124,555 per annum (pro-rata). Appointments will be made at an appropriate step in this range depending on qualifications and experience. The NIWA researcher component of the position is at Science 3 level with a salary within the range of $90,000 to $125,000 per annum (pro-rata) depending on qualifications and experience.

Specific enquiries may be directed to Professor Miles Lamare via the contact details below.


To submit your application (including CV and cover letter) please click the apply button below. It is important applicants refer the Information for Candidates, that outlines specific points to be addressed in a cover letter.

Applications quoting reference number 2300878 will close on Sunday, 2 July 2023.

Additional Information

Contact: Professor Miles Lamare

Position details: Information Statement

University of Otago. More information.

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