Lecturer in Evolutionary Biology

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University of Otago
New Zealand
Apply By (date): 
Sunday, March 14, 2021 - 00:00


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 Evolutionary Biology (Bioinformatics).

We are seeking a person with a relevant doctorate, and demonstrated potential to develop as an outstanding researcher and teacher in evolutionary bioinformatics in the Department of Zoology. The position affords an exciting opportunity for an emerging scholar to research and teach in a vibrant and diverse Department. The successful candidate will develop a transformative and collaborative research program, supporting the university's commitment to excellence in research.

Your skills and experience

•    A PhD with a background in analysis of high-throughput sequencing data and evolutionary biology.
•    Knowledge of and familiarity with a range of bioinformatics skills, concepts, and practices as they relate to the biology of animals, including genomic, transcriptomic and metabarcoding data analyses.
•    A strong interest, and experience, in research and teaching of bioinformatics and evolutionary genomics.
•    An ability to contribute to teaching and learning environments that support engagement of students and staff with bioinformatics and genomics.
•    Be committed to and or have established connections or track record of working with national and local bioinformaticians.
•    Be committed to being a productive collaborator with a track record of 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 2021.

Specific enquiries may be directed to Professor Jon Waters, 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 2100342 will close on Sunday, 14 March 2021.

Additional Information

Contact: Professor Jon Waters

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