Lecturer/Senior lecturer in Forest Ecology

Job type: 
University of Canterbury
New Zealand
Apply By (date): 
Sunday, August 15, 2021 - 23:45


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


What You Will Do

We invite applications for a Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Forest Ecology (equivalent to an Associate Professor in the US System). The level of appointment will depend on the successful candidate's relevant experience.

The successful applicant will undertake research, supervise postgraduate students and develop links with the New Zealand forestry sector, as well as collaborate with other academics in the School's teaching, research and administrative activities. You will teach courses on Forest Biology, Environmental Forestry and Restoration Ecology.   

You will be encouraged to develop a strong, externally-funded research programme in forest ecology that is relevant to New Zealand's natural and planted forests. You will also be expected to develop links with and contribute to the wider forestry sector at local, national and international levels.


Who You Are

Applicants must hold a Ph.D. degree and have a successful research record in forest ecology with research experience relevant to New Zealand's natural and planted forests.  The successful applicant will have the ability to effectively teach courses that cover forest ecology and environmental management including: forest dendrology, forest ecology, forest restoration, sustainable land management and environmental values associated with plantation and indigenous forests including bicultural considerations. An ability to incorporate and impart an understanding of the role of Māori as Te Tiriti partners and as landowners and managers, and of the values Māori see in trees and forests is important.

The successful applicant will also demonstrate a background in supervising final year undergraduate Honours projects, Masters and Ph.D. students, an ability to collaborate with others in the University, and interest in contributing to Departmental, College, and University activities.


Who You Will Work With
The School of Forestry offers the only professional forestry degree programmes in New Zealand. The successful applicant will be expected to collaborate with other academics in the School.  You will also be expected to engage and interact with staff in the School of Biological Sciences and other relevant departments as well as the wider forestry sector.

The purpose of the School of Forestry is to provide internationally recognised New Zealand-relevant forestry education and research. The role of the School of Forestry is:

  • To produce forestry (Science and Engineering) graduates of the highest calibre who can manage forests and other natural resources and associated enterprises for a range of outcomes.
  • To undertake excellent & innovative research;
  • To be an independent voice on forestry issues and to be active in promoting forestry in the community;
  • To give effect to Treaty of Waitangi obligations.

For more information about the School of Forestry and our team, please visit us here.


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 are an Equal Employment Opportunities (EEO) employer and we encourage diversity in our staffing profile. The University of Canterbury actively seeks to meet its obligation under the Treaty of Waitangi | Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

The University of Canterbury is a leading University in New Zealand, with over 18,000 students. We are located in Christchurch - the gateway to the South Island of New Zealand with easy access to the Southern Alps and renowned skiing, hiking, fishing, whale watching, mountain biking and other outdoor destinations and facilities to support a work-life-balance lifestyle.

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

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

The closing date for this position is: Sunday 15th August 2021 (midnight NZ time)


How to Apply

Applications for this position must be submitted online through our careers website 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 research team, and
  • a 'resume' which includes a list of relevant research publications.

Unfortunately, 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: Professor Bruce Manley, bruce.manley@canterbury.ac.nz


Important Information

In response to COVID-19 the New Zealand Government have imposed travel restrictions and are currently only allowing New Zealand Residents, Citizens and visa holders meeting a strict exception policy to enter the country, all of whom must currently enter Government-approved isolation/quarantine for two weeks upon arrival.

It is uncertain when these border restrictions will change, and this may alter the nature of the standard interview process for candidates, particularly at the on-site interview stage. To see how this might affect your application and for more information and updates on the border restrictions visit the Immigration New Zealand website or the New Zealand Government's official Covid-19 website.