Lecturer in Neurobiology – University of Otago, New Zealand



Who we are/Mō te tīma

The Department of Zoology has a strong international reputation in whole-organism biology, with research strengths in areas including conservation biology, genetics, evolutionary parasitology, environmental physiology, wildlife management, neurobiology and statistical modeling, as well as in molecular, functional, population, community, freshwater and behavioural ecology.

We have well-established links to the Departments of Botany and Marine Science, to the cross-disciplinary Ecology, Genetics and Neuroscience Programmes, and to other centres at the University of Otago, providing a collaborative environment and resources for innovative interdisciplinary research.

Our staff have international reputations in their areas of expertise and make major contributions to answering fundamental questions in basic and applied research.

The role/Te mahi

Applications are invited for the position of Lecturer in Neurobiology. We are seeking a person with a relevant doctorate and demonstrated potential to develop as an outstanding researcher and teacher in an aspect of neurobiology, especially (but not limited to) computational neuroscience and/or comparative and evolutionary neuroscience.

Applicants are encouraged to identify the manner in which they will complement existing strengths in the Department and develop new and innovative directions in research and teaching.

Applications from candidates with a background in any aspect of neurobiology and a focus on animals, especially non-mammalian species, are strongly encouraged; Xenopus, zebrafish and Drosophila are readily accessible, as are an array of non-model animal species in Dunedin’s immediate environs. The ability to apply skills and expertise to other disciplines taught within the Department would be an advantage.

The Department of Zoology is committed to affording students the opportunity to engage with knowledge of animals from a Māori world view, and to strengthening its curriculum and research in relation to kaupapa Māori and mātaurangaMāori, the University of Otago Māori Strategic Framework and Pacific Strategic Framework, and the Treaty of Waitangi. As such, the ability to research and teach from a kaupapa Māori perspective would be an advantage but is not a prerequisite.

Your skills and experience/Kā pūkeka me kā wheako

  • A PhD with an established research focus in an area of neurobiology.
  • Demonstrated experience and ability in delivering high-quality teaching and research in an aspect of neurobiology.
  • An ability to contribute to teaching and learning environments that support engagement of students and staff with neuroscience and research.
  • Be committed to and/or have established connections or track record of working with international and/or national researchers.
  • Be committed to being a productive collaborator with a track record of working collegially.

Further details/Pūroko

This is a confirmation-path (tenure track) position at the level of Lecturer (equivalent to Assistant Professor in the North American system).

The successful candidate is expected to take up duties by 1 July 2022.


To submit your application, view all current vacancies and to apply online go to: https://otago.taleo.net/careersection/2/jobdetail.ftl?lang=en&job=2101968.

Applications quoting reference number 2101968 will close on Monday, 1 November 2021.



Equal opportunity in employment is University policy.

E tautoko ana Te Whare Wananga o Otago i te kaupapa whakaorite whiwhinga mahi.


Posting end date: 2021/11/01