Lecturer/Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor in Biomechanics

Updated: 6 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 30 Apr 2023

Faculty of Health | Te Kaupeka Oranga

University of Canterbury | Te Whare Wananga of Waitaha

Located in Christchurch, New Zealand | Aotearoa 

  • Full-time 37.5 hours per week (1.0 FTE each)
  • Continuing (i.e. permanent) position
  • Generous annual leave provisions and professional development opportunities 

Kia hiwa rā, kia hiwa rā!

He hiahia, he pūkenga nōu ki te mahi a te Pūkenga / Pūkenga Matua / Ahorangi Tuarua? Nāia te pōwhiri nā Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha kia tono mai i te tūranga nei. 

Āu Mahi | What You Will Do

Our Sports Coaching team within Te Kaupeka Oranga | the Faculty of Health are looking for a new colleague to join us within our rapidly growing Bachelors in Sports Coaching and Masters of Sport Science programmes. Applications are invited for the full time, permanent position at Lecturer or Senior Lecturer or Associate Professor in Biomechanics, with the ability to teach into Performance analysis an advantage. This is an exciting opportunity for a new or seasoned scholar to make a significant contribution to research and teaching within the newly established Faculty of Health where the Sport Team are a key academic group. The successful applicant will provide major contributions to teaching and the delivery of academic courses and programmes, engage in the full range of research activities, including postgraduate supervision, and undertake academic leadership and service duties within the sport programmes, Faculty and University.  

Mahi Ngātahi | Who You Will Work With

The successful candidate will be either an emerging researcher/teacher (Lecturer | Pūkenga), or a more experienced researcher/teacher (Senior Lecturer | Pūkenga Matua or Associate professor | Ahorangi Tuarua).  You will have experience in the sport sector and demonstrate a good understanding of sport in a New Zealand context. The successful candidate will drive research in biomechanics, as well as developing and extending partnerships/collaboration with Faculties across UC and with external stakeholders. 

Applicants will need to demonstrate the following characteristics: 

  • hold a doctoral degree in sport science, or other relevant discipline
  • relevant and effective university teaching experience in their specialist area(s), including undergraduate and postgraduate. Ability to both develop and lead undergraduate and post graduate courses in biomechanics and contribute to teaching of performance or technique analysis.
  • competency and confidence in bicultural practice, including a commitment to upholding the values, tikanga, kawa and traditions as guided by Ngāi Tūāhuriri, the mana whenua. Ability in te reo Māori me āna tikanga would be an advantage.
  • applicants at the senior lecturer or Associate Professor level should have a record of successful supervision of masters and/or doctoral students.
  • an appropriate research publication history, and plans for future research, grant funding and publication in the area of biomechanics and consistent with appointment at Lecturer/Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor rank. 

The successful applicant will  have opportunities for international conference travel to support their research and teaching activities and will have the opportunity to network with international leaders their field through the University’s unique Erskine and Canterbury Fellowship Schemes (which enables the University to host world leading academics) and through the University’s academic staff exchange programmes with Oxford and Cambridge Universities in the UK. 

Mahi Ngātahi | Who You Will Work With

Te Kaupeka Oranga | Faculty of Health offers undergraduate and postgraduate programmes and research activities that respond to the dynamic nature of the health and sport sectors and their workforce. We offer undergraduate programmes in Sport Coaching and Health Sciences as well as postgraduate programmes in Counselling, and Child and Family Psychology, Nursing, Health Leadership as well as various population health and clinical endorsements within the Postgraduate Diploma and Master of Health Sciences. For more information on our Faculty please visit us at Te Kaupeka Oranga | Faculty of Health  

The Faculty offers exciting research and teaching opportunities through its new home, the Rehua building, located in the heart of UC’s Ilam Campus with modern digital technologies and innovative learning and social spaces. UC is also a partner in Manawa, the health research and education facility in Christchurch’s Te Papa Hauora/Health Precinct ; bringing together health researchers and doctoral students to collaborate and innovate alongside Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB) clinical and research staff.

For information on our team and qualifications, click on the links to, the Faculty of Health and the Bachelor of Sport Coaching degree , Post-Graduate and Masters in Sport Science , and Postgraduate qualifications in Health Sciences .

Ngā Painga o UC | Why UC
Tangata Tū, Tangata Ora - Engaged, Empowered, Making a Difference.

Our values are 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 (our values) challenge and inspire us to be the best we can be. They make UC a great place to work and study.

What we offer
The University is committed to providing an excellent working environment through:

  • relocation support
  • a unique bequest funded endowment (Erskine fund) that supports an extensive visiting Fellowship programme
  • widely accessible sabbatical provision
  • University and Faculty scholarship support for graduate students
  • generous annual leave provisions
  • flexible working arrangements
  • supportive working environment
  • professional development and study opportunities
  • living in revitalised Ōtautahi | Christchurch, Aotearoa New Zealand
  • a unique working environment in a beautiful campus with access to UC facilities such as the recreation centre and Staff club at discounted rates plus onsite cafés and eateries, and more.

The salary range for this position is: Lecturer (2.01-$86,197) to Associate Professor (6.04-$154,242) 

For more information on our Benefits, please visit https://www.canterbury.ac.nz/joinus/benefits/

The closing date for this position is: Sunday 30th April 2023 (Midnight NZ time) 

Pēhea te tono mai | How You Apply

Applications for this position must be submitted on our careers website and should include the following:

  • a cover letter which includes a 2-3 page statement outlining your research interests and goals and teaching philosophy (combined)
  • a Resume which includes a list of relevant research publications (combined). 

We do not accept applications by email, however, we are happy to answer any queries at WorkatUC@canterbury.ac.nz  

For further information specifically about the role, please contact: Nick Draper, nick.draper@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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