UNIVERSITY OF OTAGO
Te Whare Wananga o Otago
Dunedin, New Zealand
LECTURER IN ZOOLOGY
Applications are invited for the position of Lecturer (equivalent to
Assistant Professor in North America) in the Department of Zoology from 1
July 1995. The post is a fixed-term three year appointment with the
possibility of reappointment. We are seeking a candidate who will
contribute excellence in research and teaching in any area of animal
biology. Existing specialisations are in behavioural ecology,
and wildlife management, environmental physiology, evolutionary biology,
freshwater and marine ecology, neurobiology, parasitology, population
genetics, reproductive physiology, systematics and theoretical biology.
The department is large, friendly and productive, with good research and
computing facilities and an excellent team of support staff. We run BSc,
BSc Honours, Diploma, Masters and PhD programmes across a wide range of
biological disciplines. We are committed to diversity in staffing and we
encourage applications from women and other under-represented groups.
Parental leave without pay of up to 54 weeks and paid parental leave of
weeks may be granted to female or male employees with at least one year's
service. Childcare facilities covering the period birth-eight years of
are available on the Campus. We are prepared to discuss job-splitting and
flexibility of working hours during periods of child rearing.
The appointment will be at lecturer level (salary range $NZ37,440 -
Further information is available from Professor Colin Townsend, Head of
Department (Phone: 64-3-479 7975; Fax: 64-3-479 7584, e-mail:
colin.townsend at stonebow.otago.ac.nz), or from the Registrar, Dr D.W.
Girvan, University of Otago, PO Box 56, Dunedin, New Zealand (Fax:
Applications quoting reference number A95/02 close with the Registrar on
Equal opportunity in employment is University policy.
INFORMATION FOR CANDIDATES
for appointment as
LECTURER IN ZOOLOGY
in the University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand
A statement of general information and conditions of appointment for all
academic posts within the University is attached.
The University is situated in the City of Dunedin, the main centre of the
Province of Otago. With a population of around 100,000, Dunedin is a
university city with strong artistic, cultural and sporting traditions. It
boasts excellent art galleries, museums, theatres, restaurants and
Most newcomers find house prices pleasingly low. The city is situated on
the shores of the Otago Harbour and its immediate environment includes
large inlets, sandy bays and rocky shores with abundant wildlife,
seals, the world's rarest penguin and an albatross colony within a few
kilometres. Just a few hours away are glaciers, fiords, mountains and
lakes, with all the recreational facilities that these places offer.
2. The Department of Zoology
The Department of Zoology has been expanding steadily since 1988 with the
appointment of an additional nine academic staff and further
and technical staff. The atmosphere is lively, friendly and supportive
all in the department are committed to excellence in both teaching and
The department offers programmes leading to the undergraduate degrees of
BSc (3 years) and BSc Honours (4 years) in Zoology.Two first-year
foundation courses in biology are administered by the Department of
Zoology. Staff from a number of departments (Anatomy, Biochemistry,
Botany, Microbiology and Zoology) contribute to lectures. However, the
Department of Zoology is responsible for all laboratory teaching; a team
Teaching Fellows leads this effort. Students majoring in zoology take
second-year courses in Animal Diversity, Animal Evolution and Animal
Physiology; a Teaching Fellow takes primary responsibility for
administration of laboratory teaching. Our third year programme consists
courses in specialised areas of zoology: Aquatic Ecology, Parasitology,
Environmental Physiology, Reproduction, Neurobiology, Behavioural Ecology,
Evolutionary and Population Genetics, Conservation Biology and Biological
Data Analysis and Computing. The fourth year programme for BSc(Honours)
consists of seminar courses together with a substantial research
Ordinary BSc graduates may complete an additional year, which is identical
to the fourth year of the Honours programme, by admission to the
Postgraduate Diploma in Science. The department also offers a one-year
Diploma in Wildlife Management, a two-year Master of Science (one year of
courses and one of research) and a three-year PhD programme (entirely
Zoology staff contribute to undergraduate courses in Ecology, Genetics,
Environment and Society and to interdepartmental degree programmes in
Cognitive Science, Neuroscience, Ecology and Marine Science.
Enrolments in Zoology
Student enrolments for the 1994 academic year were approximately:
Year 1 (Biology) 1100
Year 2 130
Year 3 70
Year 4 (Hons/MSc courses) 20
MSc/PhD research 50
The department has two full Professors, Professor Colin Townsend (Head of
Department) and Professor Carolyn Burns, 11 Senior Lecturers, 7 Lecturers,
4 Teaching Fellows and 3 Postdoctoral researchers.
Non-academic staff include three secretarial and administrative staff and
19 research and technical staff, five of whom are concerned primarily with
teaching laboratory duties. The duties of other technicians include
management of a mechanical and electronic workshop, photographic
histology suite, radioisotope laboratory, chemistry laboratory, computer
facilities and assistance with research.
Annual grants for part-time staffing provide assistance with laboratory
teaching and with research.
Teaching and Research
Teaching and research facilities largely reflect the interests of current
staff: behavioural ecology, conservation and wildlife management,
environmental physiology, evolutionary biology, freshwater and marine
ecology, neurobiology, parasitology, population genetics, reproductive
physiology, systematics and theoretical biology.
Accommodation and Facilities
The department effectively blends the architecture and traditions of a
established university with up-to-date equipment and facilities.
Computing Services are available through the University Computing Services
Centre, the facilities of which include a VAX cluster. A networked suite
of microcomputers (mainly Macintosh) are installed in the computer room
throughout the Department of Zoology. Macintosh computers are used widely
in undergraduate laboratories.
Closed circuit TV and video facilities are available in most of the
undergraduate laboratories. Transmission and scanning electron
located in the Medical School and in some other departments are available
for specific research projects in zoology.
The Department of Mathematics and Statistics administers a Centre for
Applications of Statistics and Mathematics which offers assistance and
advice in research design and data analysis. In addition, the Department
of Zoology has biostatistical and computing expertise available in house.
The Department of Zoology enjoys cooperation in collaborative research
other departments in the Divisions of Sciences and Health Sciences of the
University, the provincial Otago Museum, and governmental research
agencies, including Invermay Agricultural Research Centre 12 km from
3. Research Funding
The department strongly supports the principle that research is an
part of academic life. Funds are available for research from the Otago
University Research Committee and the University's Division of Sciences.
Other sources of research support include grants or contracts from New
Zealand's Foundation for Research, Science and Technology, the newly
established Marsden fund for fundamental science, from governmental
agencies and from private trusts and non-governmental organisations.
Members of staff are encouraged to apply for support of their own research
and that of the students working under their supervision.
The successful candidate will be responsible to the Head of Department,
Professor Colin Townsend, and will be required to contribute to the
teaching and examining of undergraduate and graduate degree courses in
zoology and biology.
The successful candidate will engage actively in her/his own research and
supervise that of research students.
5. Equal employment opportunities
The department is committed to diversity in staffing and we encourage
applications from women and other under-represented groups. Parental leave
without pay of up to 54 weeks and paid parental leave of six weeks may be
granted to female or male employees with at least one year's service.
Childcare facilities covering the period birth-eight years of age are
available on the Campus (at the staff member's expense). We are prepared
discuss job-splitting and flexibility of working hours during periods of
To ensure that appropriate credit can be given by the search committee to
variety of areas of activity, not just academic achievements, we encourage
you to supply a broadly based curriculum vitae describing your
and creativity in all areas you wish to have considered.
Lecturer: $NZ37,440 - $49,088 per annum.
Initial placement within the scale will depend on the qualifications and
experience of the person appointed. Note that Lecturer is equivalent to
North American Assistant Professor.
7. Term of Appointment
The post is a fixed term 3-year appointment, with the possibility
8. Date of Appointment
The successful applicant will take up the appointment on 1 July 1995 or as
soon as possible thereafter. Applicants should state the date when they
would be available to commence duties.
9. Further Information
A more detailed document entitled "Information for applicants for academic
posts" is available from the Registrar at the address below.
The application procedure is set out below.
Applications quoting reference number A95/02 close on 17 February 1995.
APPLICATIONS FOR APPOINTMENT
The following information should be provided as part of the application:
1. Full name.
2. Postal address, including contact telephone numbers, and facsimile
numbers if appropriate.
3.Date and place of birth.
5.Academic qualifications and training.
6.Details of appointments held previously.
7. Present position and indication of salary level.
8. Research experience and interests.
10.Names, addresses and facsimile numbers if possible of three persons who
are willing to report on the applicant's merits if confidential reference
is made to them. Testimonials should not be sent. The applicant may, if
desired, ask a referee to write to the Registrar giving a confidential
opinion of the applicant in relation to suitability for the appointment
11.Date on which able to commence duties.
12.An indication of the source where the applicant first learned of the
Letters of application, with attached documents, should be sent in
University of Otago,
P.O. Box 56,
Professor Colin R. Townsend
Department of Zoology
University of Otago
Dunedin, New Zealand.
Department of Zoology
University of Otago
Dunedin, New Zealand
hspencer at rivendell.otago.ac.nz