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Job ID: 182271

Continuing (permanent) Academic Position
University of Canterbury

Date Posted Mar. 24, 2022
Title Continuing (permanent) Academic Position
University University of Canterbury
Christchurch, CANTERBURY, New Zealand
Department The Department of Mechanical Engineering
Application Deadline Jun. 5, 2022
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Associate Professor
    Assistant Professor
    Senior Lecturer
  • Architectural (Building & Construction)
    Mechanical Engineering

Te Tari Pūhanga Pūrere | Department of Mechanical Engineering

Te Kaupeka Pūhanga | Faculty of Engineering

Located in Ōtautahi | Christchurch, Aotearoa | New Zealand

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

Āu Mahi | What You Will Do and Mōu | Who You Are

The Department of Mechanical Engineering invites applications for a Continuing (permanent) academic position at the rank of Lecturer/Senior Lecturer (Assistant Professor/Professor in the US system). For exceptional candidates appointments at the Associate Professor and Professor levels will also be considered.

While this is an academic role in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, the role is also intended to support collaborative teaching and research with the Department of Civil and Natural Resources Engineering.

The ideal candidate must have a fundamental background in the engineering fields of thermodynamics and heat transfer. Applicants are sought with demonstrated expertise in the area of energy systems engineering and energy sustainability of the Built Environment.

Areas of expertise required for this field of research should be related to:

  • Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) systems
  • Building / community/ urban energy supply systems, performance, management, or simulation

Candidates must have completed their PhD in Mechanical Engineering or closely related areas in Building/Civil/Architectural Engineering.

The duties of this role include research, teaching at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and service to the institution. The selection criteria of this role are based on evidence of active research and teaching excellence.

The successful candidate will provide evidence of high-quality scholarly output that demonstrates potential for independent research leading to peer assessed publications, industrial application of their research activities, and the securing of external research funding, as well as strong potential for outstanding teaching contributions.

The successful applicant will be able to deliver a core undergraduate engineering course in the areas of heat transfer or thermodynamics. The applicant should be able to develop an elective course at the undergraduate or post-graduate level related to energy systems engineering or energy sustainability in the built environment.

The department values diversity among its faculty and strongly encourages applications from women and members of underrepresented groups.

Mahi Ngātahi | Who You Will Work With

The role of the Department of Mechanical Engineering is to remain at the forefront of research and technology and preserve our strong international reputation for high quality teaching. We aim to constantly develop our alumni and industry partnerships, to provide students with an education that is relevant to industry at the highest level, and to expand the scope of our research expertise by attracting and retaining highly-skilled academic and support staff.

The Mechanical Engineering undergraduate degree programme has grown significantly to 150 students per year, and the Mechatronics programme to 100 per year. For more about the Department of Mechanical Engineering, please


Ngā Uara | Our Values

We value manaakitanga, whanaungatanga and tiakitanga at Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha and these uara (values) guide our decisions and behaviour. Our values provide a roadmap for how we do things, affirming our commitment to the oranga (health, safety and wellbeing) of our students through mana-enhancing pastoral care and support. Ngā Uara challenge and inspire us to be the best we can be. They make UC a great place to work and study.

Ngā Painga o UC | Why UC

Tangata Tū, Tangata Ora - Engaged, Empowered, Making a Difference.

Based in Ōtautahi Christchurch, Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha | University of Canterbury stands for whanaungatanga - we value people and their differences, manaakitanga - we extend care and empower others, and tiakitanga - we will enhance and nurture our resources.

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 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 5th June 2022 (midnight NZ time)

Please note applications will be reviewed after the close date.

Pēhea te tono mai | How You 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 current research interests and future medium and long term goals
  • your teaching philosophy, teaching experience, interests, and approach
  • a 'resume' which includes a list of relevant research publications.

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 Sid Becker:

Important Information

This role requires that you are, and remain, fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (including any periodic boosters required by law or required to obtain a My Vaccine Pass), during your employment with the University of Canterbury.

In response to COVID-19 the New Zealand Government have imposed travel restrictions but have recently announced a five-step plan for a phased border re-opening. This phased re-opening will take some time and this may alter the nature of the standard interview process for offshore 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 and phased re-opening, please visit the Immigration New Zealand website or the New Zealand Government's official Covid-19 website.

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Contact Information

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    The Department of Mechanical Engineering
    University of Canterbury
    Christchurch, CANTERBURY
    New Zealand


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