Lecturer / Senior Lecturer/ Associate Professor - Geotechnical Engineering
University of Auckland
New Zealand

Lecturer / Senior Lecturer/ Associate Professor - Geotechnical Engineering


Faculty of Engineering

The opportunity

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Auckland invites applications from outstanding candidates for a position in Geotechnical Engineering at the Lecturer / Senior Lecturer / Associate Professor level.

The Department has high quality geotechnical laboratory facilities and a history of excellence in geotechnical engineering and geotechnical earthquake engineering, with focus on research and innovation within the context of New Zealand's interesting geotechnical and seismic environment. The Department has recently developed a new research facility at the Newmarket Campus, including a purpose-built geotechnical laboratory, alongside transport (pavement/asphalt), fluids and structures laboratories. This offers huge potential to develop an experimental research interest.

New Zealand has an interesting geotechnical environment - earthquakes and slope instability are significant hazards and soils of residual and volcanic origin are common. As these materials are different from the 'textbook' soils, significant challenges often confront the geotechnical profession. Consequently, opportunities exist for the candidate to develop further research linkages with the local geotechnical profession. As with other cities around the world, the design, construction, and maintenance of infrastructure are significant current issues for the City of Auckland. There are ongoing tunnelling activities beneath the city which will continue into the next decade or longer.

The candidate will be expected to develop a strong research programme, to teach undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the Civil and Environmental Engineering programmes and to participate in the administrative activities of the Department, the Faculty of Engineering and the University.

Who are we looking for?

The selected candidate must:

  • hold a Ph.D. in Geotechnical Engineering
  • have an excellent academic record as evidenced by a publication record appropriate to the appointment level sought
  • demonstrate experience and expertise in specialised laboratory and/or innovative field-based research.

It is anticipated that the area of research and professional practice may involve geotechnical characterisation of problematic soils, slope engineering, rock and tunnel engineering, geotechnical earthquake engineering, and/or other emerging geotechnical specialties.

In addition, depending on the appointment level sought, some or all of the following will be important: success in attracting competitive grants; well-developed links with industry; experience in supervision of PhD students; and experience in providing quality education at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

Further details on the role may be obtained by emailing Head of Department, Professor Jason Ingham (j.ingham@auckland.ac.nz) or A/Professor Rolando Orense (r.orense@auckland.ac.nz).

Work with us

The Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering has established an excellent reputation in the traditional fields of its discipline, enjoys active and wide-ranging industrial linkages, and has a very committed and supportive industrial advisory board. It is currently exhibiting strong growth in all phases of its activities, from student numbers to external research funding. The Department offers undergraduate programmes in Civil and Environmental Engineering and postgraduate programmes at the ME, MEngSt and PhD levels to almost 1,000 students annually.

The University of Auckland is a truly great place to work. Offering five weeks' annual leave, over 300 courses and workshops designed to support your professional development, and standout facilities for staff members who are also parents, it's easy to see why we've recently been voted one of New Zealand's most attractive employers.

Find out more about some of the great reasons to work for us on our Staff Benefits page.

*Randstad Awards 2017.

Applications close Sunday, 28 October 2018.

For further information and to apply online please visit www.auckland.ac.nz/opportunities

The University is committed to meeting its obligations under the Treaty of Waitangi and achieving equity outcomes for staff and students in a safe, inclusive and equitable environment. For further information on services for Maori, Pacific, women, LGBTI, equity groups, parenting support and flexible work go to www.equity.auckland.ac.nz

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