Lecturer/Senior Lecturer - Food Science

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Job Type: Permanent

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer - Food Science-2401034



About our team/Mō te tīma

The Department of Food Science/Te Tari Pūtaiao Kai is recognised nationally and internationally as a leader in discovering and delivering the science required to catalyse change for a sustainable food future. 

We engage in interdisciplinary research that is both fundamental and transformational. We have expertise in areas such as Flavour Science, Product Development, Sensory Neuroscience, Non-thermal Pulsed Electric Fields (PEF) technology, Consumer Behaviour, and Sustainable Agriculture. Thematic research strengths include food waste, alternative proteins, innovation, and future foods and wellness. 

The role/Te mahi

We seek to appoint two full-time academic staff members. 

We welcome applications of candidates from all emerging and interdisciplinary areas of the food and agriculture domains. We especially welcome candidates with research experience in production-to-consumption food systems, food and nutrition security, and the advances of scientific innovations and novel technologies to address current and future global food challenges. 

The successful applicants would be expected to apply this knowledge to the challenges and opportunities in 21st Century Aotearoa New Zealand.

Responsibilities of the roles include:
•    Teaching at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, embracing the diversity of Aotearoa New Zealand communities. Teaching responsibilities will be determined to include allied areas in which the successful candidate has expertise and interest.
•    As a Lecturer or Senior Lecturer, growing an active research programme that inspires students, attracts competitive funding, lends itself to interdisciplinary collaboration, and is relevant nationally and internationally. Publishing in high-quality peer-reviewed journals is important in this role. Candidates who have an interest in, or knowledge of, mātauranga Māori are particularly encouraged to apply, as are candidates who have applied experience from outside the university setting.
•    Contributing to the effective and efficient running of the Department to meet its responsibilities within the University and wider community.
•    Contributing to support of the University’s Māori, Pacific, Equity & Diversity and Sustainability strategic frameworks.

The advertised position represents a unique opportunity to join an academic team committed to the department’s role as a Te Tiriti/Treaty partner and collaborate to shape and grow that commitment for future generations. This includes exciting opportunities to further develop and integrate te ao Māori into your academic practice.

Your skills and experience/Kā pūkeka me kā wheako

The successful candidate will hold a PhD in an appropriate discipline and will demonstrate:
•    Excellent communicator with a strong commitment to teaching, mentoring and research supervision at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. 
•    Active research and engagement portfolio, as evidenced by publications and other outputs.
•    Leadership and project co-development experience with a record of accomplishment, delivering excellent outcomes for communities and clients.

Collaboration and collegiality are important values in the Department, and we seek colleagues who enjoy and enhance our cooperative work environment. We are committed to equity and value the benefits that diversity brings to our work and community.

Further details/Pūroko

We have two full-time (1.0 FTE) permanent positions available, located in Dunedin. 

The salary range for each appointment is: Lecturer $90,902 to $107,300 and Senior Lecturer $112,482 to $128,305 per annum.  

Ideally, the successful applicant will be able to take up the appointment on or before 3 February 2025. Applicants are asked to indicate an approximate date they would expect to be available.

The University of Otago is committed to providing equality of opportunity irrespective of age, ethnic or national origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, religious or ethical belief or economic background. The Department is a family-friendly work environment.


Applicants are asked to provide:
•    A cover letter addressing these three criteria:
o    Leadership and research excellence in the advertised areas with the potential to grow at Otago.
o    Excellent communicator with a strong commitment to teaching, mentoring and research supervision at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels.
o    Collaborative, cooperative and inclusive approach that supports the Department and University to meet our obligations as Treaty partners and that embraces multiculturalism.
•    A CV of no more than 6 pages (we may ask for longer ones from shortlisted candidates).
•    Names and addresses of at least 3 referees.

Specific enquiries about the role may be directed to Professor Miranda Mirosa, Head of the Department of Food Science, via the below contact details.

To submit your application, please click the apply button. Applications quoting reference number 2401034 will close on Wednesday, 31 July 2024.

Additional Information

Contact: Professor Miranda Mirosa

Position details: Information Statement

Guidelines for Academic Positions: Guidelines

Further Information: Department Website

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Location: About Dunedin

Primary Location
Employment Status
Salary Level and Range
 Lecturer / Research Fellow ($90,902 to $107,300) or Senior Lecturer / Senior Research Fellow ($112,482 to $128,305)
 Food Science
Job Function
 Research and Teaching

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