Job ID: 144413

Senior Lecturer / Associate Professor in Child Health and Development

University of Canterbury

  • Jul. 9, 2020
  • Senior Lecturer / Associate Professor in Child Health and Development
  • School of Health Sciences College of Education, Health and Human Development
  • University of Canterbury
    Christchurch, Canterbury
    New Zealand
  • Aug. 23, 2020
  • Available immediately
  • Senior Lecturer
    Associate Professor
  • Human Development

School of Health Sciences College of Education, Health and Human Development
University of Canterbury
Located in Christchurch, New Zealand

Kia hiwa rā, kia hiwa rā! He hiahia, he pūkenga nōu ki te mātai hauora ā-Whare Kōhanga He pōwhiri atu tēnei nā Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha kia tono mai te hunga i te tūranga Pūkenga, Pūkenga Matua, Ahorangi Tuarua rānei i Te Kura Mātai Hauora i Te Rāngai Ako me te Hauora

  • Full-time at 37.5 hours per week (1.0 FTE)
  • Continuing (i.e. permanent) position

What You Will Do

Applications are invited for a senior continuing academic position in Te Kura Mātai Hauora – School of Health Sciences in the subject area of Child Health and Development. The holder of the position will be involved in the development and expansion of our undergraduate maternal and child health offerings, and will contribute to teaching Masters coursework in the Child and Family Psychology programme. Thus, they will provide major contributions to course design and delivery at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. They will also engage in postgraduate student research supervision, and programme coordination within the School of Health Sciences / Te Kura Mātai Hauora.

We seek someone who can work comfortably within a life course and ecological framework on issues relating to child health. Specific areas of interest include maternal and child mental health, high risk child development, the social and biological determinants of child health, developmental neuroimaging, epigenetics, and social disparities in maternal and child health. Expertise in the development of innovative public health and clinical interventions to improve outcomes and reduce social disparities for children and families is also highly desirable.

The successful candidate will be expected to demonstrate an active commitment to continuing their professional development and upholding the values, tikanga, kawa and traditions as guided by Ngāi Tūāhuriri, the mana whenua, in their everyday practices as a teacher and research scholar. Ability in te reo Māori me āna tikanga would be an advantage.

Who You Are

Applicants will have a PhD in Child Developmental Psychology, Child Clinical Psychology, Paediatrics/Child Psychiatry (maternal and child speciality) or a related specialist area. They will also be a leader in scholarly and research achievements, and have an active programme of research in their area of expertise. To support this they will have an established track record of publication in peer reviewed international journals and a growing international reputation in their field. Evidence of external grant success, contributions to international meetings/societies, and end user community engagement is also expected. The successful applicant will have demonstrated evidence of effective supervision of Master’s Thesis, PhD and possibly Postdoctoral students.

For information on our team, School and our current undergraduate and postgraduate programmes follow the links School of Health Sciences –…, the Bachelor of Health Sciences degree –…, and the postgraduate qualification in Child and Family Psychology –….

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 15,000 students across five colleges. 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;

For more information about the University of Canterbury, please visit

The closing date for this position is: Sunday, 23 August 2020 (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 Health Sciences team, and
  • a ‘curriculum vitae’ 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

For further information, specifically about the role, please contact Associate Professor Laurie McLay,

In response to COVID-19 the New Zealand Government has 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 impact the degree to which an off-shore candidate will be able to participate in the recruitment process, particularly an on-site interview. 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.

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