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

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor in Geotechnical Engineering

Te Herenga Mātai Pūkaha | Faculty of Engineering

Waipapa Taumata Rau | The University of Auckland

Te Whiwhinga mahi | The opportunity

Te Kura Pūkaha Metarahi me te Taiao | 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 anticipated to start early 2022.

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 an extensive research facility at the Newmarket Campus, including a purpose-built geotechnical laboratory, alongside transport (pavement/asphalt), fluids and structures laboratories. These facilities offer significant potential to develop an experimental research program. Field equipment and licenses for various commercial numerical modelling software are also available.

New Zealand has an interesting geotechnical environment with earthquakes and slope instability posing significant hazards. As soils of residual and volcanic origin are common, these “non-textbook” soils present significant challenges to 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.

He kōrero mōu | About you

The selected candidate should: 

  • hold a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering with a focus on Geotechnical Engineering
  • have an excellent academic record as evidenced by a publication record appropriate to the appointment level sought
  • demonstrate experience and expertise in specialized 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, geotechnical earthquake engineering, engineering seismology, 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.

For more detailed information about the responsibilities and requirements of the role, please review the Position Description

Mō tō mātou rōpū | About us

Te Kura Pūkaha Metarahi me te Taiao | 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 Faculty of Engineering is large and multi-faceted, and maintains a strong culture of excellence in research and student-centric learning. The faculty is also committed to Mātauranga Māori - the unique Māori way of viewing the world – encompassing traditional knowledge and culture – and actively seeking meaningful ways to reflect this in our teaching, research, and how we work together.

Find out more about our faculty via the links below:

Ngā āhuatanga kei a mātou | What we offer

The University of Auckland is committed to providing an excellent working environment through the following:

  • Flexible employment practices and a culture that supports work-life balance
  • Career development programmes
  • A competitive salary with five weeks’ annual leave

We also offer a 6.75% superannuation scheme, discounted car parking, a generous parental leave allowance, discounted onsite childcare and a number of other discounts on internal and external services.

For more information please visit our Staff Benefits page.

Me pēhea te tuku tono | How to apply

Applications should be submitted online, before the closing date of Wednesday, 15 September 2021 and include an up to date CV and cover letter outlining what strengths you will bring to this role.

If you have any questions about this role, please get in touch with Head of Department, Professor Jason Ingham (j.ingham@auckland.ac.nz) or Dr Connor Hayden (connor.hayden@auckland.ac.nz) for a confidential discussion. 

While we are happy to answer questions by email, we ask that applications are submitted online.

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