Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Engineering Design and Manufacture at the University of Canterbury

University of Canterbury, Department of Mechanical Engineering

Location: Christchurch, New Zealand

Application Deadline: 3rd April 2022 (midnight NZ time).

Full-time: 37.5 hours per week (1.0 FTE)


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

Applications are invited for a continuing position of Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering Design within our dynamic and growing Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand.

We are looking for an outstanding candidate to join our Design group and contribute to the delivery and development of our design and manufacturing curriculum. Applicants with a strong track-record which will complement the Department's expertise in design and manufacturing in the following areas are particularly welcome:

  • Form and analytical design of single components and assemblies especially in the context of rotating assemblies.
  • Creative design.
  • Innovation especially in relation to specialist products for niche markets.
  • Manufacturing processes and manufacturing management systems.

A PhD degree or equivalent is required for this position. Experience in, or working with industry would be well regarded.

We are seeking candidates who are motivated to develop and maintain a vigorous research programme in their area(s) of expertise and who would relish collaboration with other researchers and industrial partners nationally and internationally. The University encourages interdisciplinary projects and our Department has strong links with industry, academic groups in New Zealand and overseas to support the new appointee in growing strong and productive networks. Our laboratories are well equipped, and housed in a spacious, modern building. Internal funding supports the purchase of capital equipment for research.

This position offers the opportunity to help further develop and enhance our teaching programme. The successful applicant will be required to deliver core undergraduate course in design and manufacturing, and to offer other courses in line with their specific area of expertise. Previous teaching experience would be beneficial.

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 new students per year, and the Mechatronics programme to 100 per year.

For more information about the department and our team, please visit our website.

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: http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/joinus

For more information about the University of Canterbury, please visit www.canterbury.ac.nz

The closing date for this position is: Sunday 3rd April 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 research interests and goals, teaching philosophy, and your thoughts on how to develop a successful Design program in the department.
  • 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 WorkatUC@canterbury.ac.nz

For further information specifically about the role, please contact: Associate Prof. John Pearse,


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 and are currently only allowing New Zealand and Australian citizens and permanent residents to enter the country.

It is uncertain when these border restrictions will change, and this may alter the nature of the standard interview process for 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 visit the Immigration New Zealand website or the New Zealand Government's official Covid-19 website.

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