Lecturer in Zoology (Mātauranga Māori/Te Ao Māori)
University of Otago, Division of Sciences
New Zealand

Lecturer in Zoology (Mātauranga Māori/Te Ao Māori)




Who we are

The Division of Sciences is one of the four teaching divisions in the University, the others being Health Sciences, Commerce, and Humanities. The Division of Sciences represents a broad range of disciplines in 15 Departments and a number of inter-disciplinary programmes.


The Department of Zoology has a strong reputation in whole-organism biology, with research strengths that include neurobiology, animal behaviour, conservation biology, genetics, evolutionary biology, parasitology, environmental physiology and wildlife management. We have links to the Department of Botany, the Department of Marine Science, the Ecology, the Neuroscience, the Genetics Programmes, and other centres at the University of Otago, providing a collaborative environment and resources for innovative interdisciplinary research.


Our staff have international reputations in their areas of expertise and make major contributions to answering fundamental questions in basic and applied research.


The Department of Zoology is committed to affording students the opportunity to engage with knowledge of animals from a Māori world view, and to strengthening its curriculum and research in relation to kaupapa Māori and mātauranga Māori, the University of Otago Māori Strategic Framework, and the Treaty of Waitangi.


The role

Applications are invited for the position of Lecturer in Zoology (Mātauranga Māori/Te Ao Māori).

We are seeking a person with a relevant doctorate, and demonstrated potential to develop as an outstanding researcher and teacher in advancing mātauranga Māori/Te Ao Māori perspectives in the study of Zoology. The position affords an exciting opportunity for an emerging scholar to research and teach from a kaupapa Māori perspective, in a vibrant and diverse Department. The successful candidate will be undertaking and developing research that is transformative and beneficial for Māori communities and supports the university’s commitment to excellence in research.


Your skills and experience

• PhD with established research focus in a zoological discipline.
• Knowledge of and familiarity with Māori concepts, values, ideas and practices as they relate to the biology of animals.
• A strong interest, and preferably experience, in research and teaching from a kaupapa Māori and mātauranga Māori perspective.
• An ability to contribute to teaching and learning environments that support engagement of students and staff with te ao Māori, te reo Māori and mātauranga Māori.
• Be committed to and or have established connections or track record of working with national and local iwi and rūnaka, together with an active commitment to upholding values, tikanga, kawa and traditions as guided by Ngāi Tahu, who hold mana whenua.
• Be committed to being a team member and have a track record in working collegially.


Further details

This is a confirmation-path (tenure track) position at the level of Lecturer. The successful candidate is expected to take up duties by 1 July 2020.


Specific enquiries may be directed to Professor Gerry Closs, Head of Department, Department of Zoology, via the contact details below.



Candidates are requested to submit the following:
• A CV, including employment history.
• A letter of application.
• 3-4 Referee contact details, including telephone number and email address.

To submit your application please click the apply button below. Applications quoting reference number 1901863 will close on Sunday, 27 October 2019.


Additional Information

Contact: Professor Gerry Closs Tel: +64 3 479 7972

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Employment Status
Permanent Full-time


Salary Level and Range Lecturer / Research Fellow ($80,406 to $96,167)




Job Function
Research and Teaching


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