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Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Science Communication
University of Otago

Date Posted Sep. 20, 2018
Title Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Science Communication
University University of Otago
Dunedin, New Zealand
Department Centre for Science Communication
Application Deadline Oct. 26, 2018
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Lecturer/Instructor
    Senior Lecturer
  • Sciences - General



Our Centre

The Centre for Science Communication is one of the world’s largest postgraduate facilities for teaching the practice of communicating science. As part of the University of Otago in Dunedin, a modern, bustling university city located on the southeasterly shores of the beautiful South Island of New Zealand, we are also a leading research centre in the academic discipline of Science Communication.

The scholarly field of Science Communication focuses on the complex and ever-changing relationship between the general public and the scientific community (including political, pedagogical, entertainment and informative dimensions). In addition to a general undergraduate minor in Science Communication, our postgraduate course offers endorsements in filmmaking, writing, and science and society.

The Role

We are seeking to appoint a full-time confirmation path Lecturer or Senior Lecturer in Science Communciation. Applications will be accepted from strong candidates in any of the areas listed above (filmmaking, writing, and/or science and society), with preference given to applicants who can teach into our postgraduate Science and Natural History Filmmaking course and potentially also to teach components of our new undergraduate minor in Science Communication.

In addition, you will be expected to develop and maintain an active research programme in your area of specialisation, garner external support through grants and/or commercial collaborations, and become a world-class leader as a practising science communicator.

Your Skills and Experience

  • A PhD in a relevant discipline.
  • Demonstrated teaching experience at tertiary level.
  • A deep understanding of visual storytelling.
  • A creative portfolio evidencing exceptional abilities and clear professionally recognised talent in the practice of science communication.
  • Demonstrated ability to supervise a diverse range of postgraduate students to completion of their degrees.
  • Evidence of networking/collaborative/business acumen to facilitate student placements and to foster strategic Centre initiatives.

Further Details

In addition to research and teaching excellence, the University is committed through its Strategic Direction to local national, and international betterment; strong external engagement; sustainable capability; providing outstanding and unique student experiences. The Dunedin campus has been ranked as one of the top 15 most beautiful in the world. The city has affordable living, excellent schools, and a great array of activities, ranging from Art and Literature to outdoor activities.

This is a unique opportunity for an energetic, creative and committed individual to make a significant impression and contribution in their chosen discipline while being well supported by a collegial and dynamic Department and University.

Candidates are requested to submit the following:

  • A CV.
  • A cover letter.
  • Summary of creative portfolio.
  • Three referee contact details.

Applications quoting reference number 1801706 will close on Friday, 26 October 2018.

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