Lecturer in Media and Communication and Political Science (Quantitative Social Scientist)

Updated: 2 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 31 Oct 2022

Te Kura Mātāpuna Tangata | School of Language, Social & Political Sciences

Te Kaupeka Toi Tangata | Faculty of Arts

Located in Ōtautahi | Christchurch, Aotearoa | New Zealand

  • Full-time 37.5 hours per week (1.0 FTE)
  • Continuing (permanent) position 

Āu Mahi | What You Will Do

Te Kura Mātāpuna Tangata | School of Language, Social & Political Sciences (LSAP) is seeking to appoint a social scientist with expertise in quantitative methodologies. The role is an interdisciplinary one and will be based across the department of Media and Communication and the department of Political Science and International Relations. The successful candidate will carry out teaching and research at the intersection of these disciplines. You will develop courses and contribute to teaching in areas such as statistical modelling, querying and analysing large datasets, social network analysis, and data visualisation.

Other responsibilities will include pastoral care of students, postgraduate thesis supervision, research, administrative tasks, outreach, and supervision of tutors. The University is committed to developing biculturally competent, community-engaged and globally aware graduates and teaching which supports students' ability to understand and interact effectively. Your teaching and professional development will reflect these values.

Mōu | Who You Are

The University is committed to building Māori scholarship capacity, and knowledge of tikanga and depth of engagement with te ao Māori would be an advantage, along with experience working in vision Mātauranga and Pasifika methodologies. You will be motivated to promote UC’s values which include whanaungatanga - valuing people and their differences; manaakitanga - extending care and empowering others; and tiakitanga - enhancing and nurturing our resources.

To be successful in the role, you will have experience at the interface of communication, political science, international relations and related fields, and a relevant PhD. You will have experience in using computational and quantitative methodologies. You will be proficient in teaching and developing a reflective pedagogical practice, with experience at tertiary level. You will be able to demonstrate knowledge of recent developments in both research/scholarship and professional practice in quantitative methodologies. You will have a growing research portfolio through your doctoral studies, or be developing a research practice. Experience of working in multidisciplinary research teams would be an advantage.

Mahi Ngātahi | Who You Will Work With

Te Kaupeka Toi Tangata | Faculty of Arts is academically vibrant and culturally diverse, comprising of Aotahi: the School of Maori and Indigenous Studies; the School of Humanities and Creative Arts; and the School of Language, Social and Political Sciences. The College has a very broad research base including ten research centres and offers a wide range of undergraduate and post graduate degrees, diplomas and certificates.

Ngā Uara | Our Values

We value manaakitanga, whanaungatanga and tiakitanga at Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha and these uara (values) guide our decisions and behaviour. Our values provide a roadmap for how we do things, affirming our commitment to the oranga (health, safety and wellbeing) of our students through mana-enhancing pastoral care and support. Ngā Uara challenge and inspire us to be the best we can be. They make UC a great place to work and study.

Ngā Painga o UC | Why UC

Tangata Tū, Tangata Ora - Engaged, Empowered, Making a Difference.

The University of Canterbury is committed to accessible higher education, service to the community and the encouragement of talent without barriers of distance, wealth, class, gender or ethnicity. The University explicitly aims to produce graduates and support staff who are engaged with their communities, empowered to act for good and determined to make a difference in the world.

We offer a range of fantastic benefits including flexible work practices, study opportunities and generous superannuation and leave provisions. For more information, please visit us: http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/joinus

The salary for this position on the academic salary scale is Lecturer (2.01 - $82,882 to 2.06 $100,954).

For more information about the University of Canterbury, please visit www.canterbury.ac.nz

The closing date for this position is: 31 October 2022 (midnight NZ time)

Please note applications will be reviewed after the close date.

Pēhea te tono mai | How You Apply

Applications to be submitted online through our careers website , or use the APPLY button on this page, and should include:

  • a 'cover letter' including a 2-3 page statement outlining your research interests and goals, teaching philosophy, and your thoughts on how to develop a successful quantitative research team
  • a 'resume' which includes a list of relevant research publications.

We do not accept applications by email; however we are happy to answer your queries in relation to the application process. Please forward these to WorkatUC@canterbury.ac.nz

For further information specifically about the role, please contact: Linda Jean Kenix, lindajean.kenix@canterbury.ac.nz

For overseas applicants, please visit Immigration New Zealand website  or the New Zealand Government’s official Covid-19 website , to review the latest health and visa requirements for visiting and working in New Zealand. 


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