Te Kāhui Pā Harakeke | UC Child Well-being Research Institute

Located in Ōtautahi | Christchurch, Aotearoa | New Zealand

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

Kia hiwa rā, kia hiwa rā!

He hiahia, he pūkenga nōu ki te mahi a te Ahorangi i te Ako Māori Nāia te pōwhiri nā Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha kia tono mai i te tūranga nei.

Āu Mahi | What You Will Do

We are looking to appoint a Professor of Māori Research to contribute to UC’s academic strategy and promotion of Māori academic leadership and Māori led research within the Child Well-being Research Institute (CWRI).

This position will have close alignment to the Faculty of Education and to the UC Ngāi Tahu Centre, in particular to guide support supervise mentor emerging Māori researchers and provide leadership for initiatives related to Maori kaupapa. The role will also involve contributing to postgraduate courses within the Faculty of Education working with our Masters and Doctoral students.

The University is committed to building Māori capacity so knowledge of tikanga and depth of engagement with te ao Māori is essential for this role. You will be motivated to promote UC’s values which include whanaungatanga – valuing people and their differences; manaakitanga – extending care and empowering others; and tiakitanga – enhancing and nurturing our resources.

Mōu | Who You Are

The successful candidate will be an internationally recognised scholar and researcher in a relevant field of Child and Family Psychology, Education or Health.

You will have significant international professional standing in your areas of specialty and a record of distinction in research and scholarship consistent with appointment at the level of Professor.

The position’s essential selection criteria are:

  • A doctoral degree (PhD) in Psychology, Education, Health or other relevant discipline
  • Research and scholarship in a Kaupapa Māori field of Child and Family Psychology, and/or Education, and/or Health or any other field that aligns with the CWRI vision, that has international standing
  • Relevant university teaching experience
  • Experience in supervising Doctoral and Masters-level research
  • Experience in effective team leadership and successfully mentoring and supporting junior colleagues and students

The position’s additional selection criteria for consideration:

  • Registered to practice as a Psychologist in New Zealand under an appropriate scope, or (for overseas applicants) be eligible for registration in New Zealand

Experience as a Psychologist working with children, adolescents and/or families

Applicants should have research-level knowledge in one or more of the specified areas, a record of research productivity, or clear potential. A high level of understanding of tikanga and te reo Māori and the ability to work and teach in a way that is biculturally competent is critical to the role. You will work well within diverse cultural environments, as well as provide a positive contribution to the administration of the Faculty and the University more generally.

For more information on the Child Well-being Research Institute, visit us at CWRI.

Ngā Painga o UC | Why UC

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

We are 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: https://www.canterbury.ac.nz/joinus/benefits/

This position will remain open until an appointment has been made –

Applications will be reviewed as they are received, and interviews will take place shortly after reviewing.

Pēhea te tono mai | How You Apply

Please click ‘Apply’ and provide the following:

  • a cover letter which includes a 2-3 page statement outlining your research interests and goals, teaching philosophy, and your thoughts on how to develop a successful Child Well-being Research team
  • a resume which includes a list of relevant research publications.

We do not accept applications by email, however, we are happy to answer any queries at WorkatUC@canterbury.ac.nz

For further information specifically about the role, please contact: Susie Stevens at susannah.stevens@canterbury.ac.nz

Important Information

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.