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

Deadline for applications: Sunday, 10 September 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 Lecturer/Researcher in marine biogeochemistry, with experience/expertise in carbonate chemistry. This is 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 the University of Otago), each with respective performance expectations and employment conditions (as outlined in the Information for Candidates package).

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 in marine biogeochemistry, including 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 chemical 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, and the national deep sea research vessel the R/V Tangaroa, which voyages regularly in New Zealand’s EEZ, the South Pacific and Antarctica. 

Specific research opportunities with this position include oversight of a long-term, globally significant offshore transect time-series (carbonate measurements 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 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 is split between the Department of Marine Science (0.5 FTE) and NIWA (0.5 FTE).

The salary range for a Lecturer/Researcher is $90,902 to $107,300 per annum. The NIWA component of the position is Science 2 or 3 level with a salary range of $91k to $107k per annum, depending on qualifications and experience.

Specific enquiries regarding the position may be directed to Professor Miles Lamare, Head of the Department of Marine Science, or Professor Cliff Law, Lead Scientist Ocean-Climate Interactions Programme, NIWA Wellington, via the contact details below.


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

Applications quoting reference number 2301273 will close on Sunday, 10 September 2023.

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