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Senior Lecturer / Researcher in Marine Carbonate Chemistry

University of Otago
Dunedin, New Zealand
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Closing date
2 Jul 2023

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The role/Te mahi

The Department of Marine Science Te Tari Pūtaiao Taimoana at the University of Otago, New Zealand, and the National Institute for Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA, NZ) seek applications for a Researcher/Senior Lecturer position in marine biogeochemistry, with experience/expertise in carbonate chemistry (a confirmation-path [tenure track], permanent position).

This is a joint appointment across two institutions that have maintained a long-term productive partnership in marine research. Consequently, the position will have two independent employers (NIWA and Otago), each with respective performance expectations and employment conditions (as outlined in the Information for Candidates).

Your skills and experience/Kā pūkeka me kā wheako

The successful applicant will hold a PhD degree with Doctoral experience at the time of appointment. They will be an active researcher as evidenced by high quality publications, ideally in marine carbonate chemistry, to enable them to maintain and grow the national analytical carbonate research and capability, and to teach and supervise students across undergraduate and postgraduate levels, in marine chemistry and oceanography.

We are particularly interested in applications from individuals whose research lends itself to interdisciplinary collaboration, who can demonstrate outstanding capability in research, teaching and communicating marine science, and who are collaborative and collegial in their work.

About our team/Mō te tīma

Both the University of Otago and NIWA foster collaboration, with marine researchers interacting across departments at the University and with other national and international research organisations. The Southern Ocean sits on our doorstep, and we expect the successful candidate to take advantage of our unique geographical setting. University facilities include a purpose-built carbonate chemistry laboratory, the Portobello Marine Laboratory on the Otago Peninsula, small boats and coastal shelf research vessels, and field stations in Fiordland and Stewart Island. NIWA facilities include analytical services, a wide range of oceanographic and analytical equipment at NIWA, and the national deep sea research vessel, the R/V Tangaroa, that voyages regularly in New Zealand’s EEZ, the South Pacific and Antarctica.

Specific research opportunities with this position include the Munida transect time-series (running 25 years), the National Ocean Acidification Observing Network (20 coastal stations), autonomous pCO2 measurement on the R/V Tangaroa, and access to the New Zealand fiords.

The successful applicant will be required to support the University’s commitment to the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi as outlined in the University’s Māori Strategic Framework, and to greater partnership with Pacific Island nations as outlined in the University’s Pacific Strategic Framework.

Further details/Pūroko

This is a full-time (1.0 FTE), permanent position, located in Dunedin. The FTE of this position is split between the Department of Marine Science (0.5 FTE) and NIWA (0.5 FTE).

The salary range for a Senior Lecturer is $108,732 to $124,555 per annum (pro-rata). Appointments will be made at an appropriate step in this range depending on qualifications and experience. The NIWA researcher component of the position is at Science 3 level with a salary within the range of $90,000 to $125,000 per annum (pro-rata) depending on qualifications and experience.


To submit your application (including CV and cover letter) please click the apply button below. It is important applicants refer the Information for Candidates, that outlines specific points to be addressed in a cover letter.

Applications quoting reference number 2300878 will close on Sunday, 2 July 2023.


Equal opportunity in employment is University policy.

E tautoko ana Te Whare Wananga o Otago i te kaupapa whakaorite whiwhinga mahi.


Founded in 1869, the University of Otago is New Zealand's oldest university. The University formally opened its doors in July 1871, with just three Professors.

Moving to the current location in the late 1870's, the University was well on its way to becoming the excellent learning establishment it is today.

One of the South Island's largest employers

The University of Otago employs over 4,000 full time equivalent staff (2017 statistic). Of these, over 1,500 are Academic and Research staff, and over 2,400 are Professional Staff.

As one of the South Island's largest and most influential employers, the University offers its staff excellent working conditions, an environment of vitality and growth, as well as a choice of working in a range of different divisions and departments.

Over 20,000 students

There are over 20,000 students studying at the University. 2,800 of these are international students, from 100 different countries, creating a mix of cultures and learning styles. The majority of students relocate to Dunedin to carry out their studies, making the most of the residential colleges and flatting life offered here.

With Health Sciences focused campuses in Christchurch and Wellington, the University offers choice for students located in other parts of New Zealand.

University Divisions

The University of Otago is made up of four academic divisions and nine service divisions.

Campus Locations

The University has campuses in Dunedin, Christchurch, Wellington, Auckland and Invercargill.

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