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Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Software Engineering

University of Canterbury
Ōtautahi - Christchurch, Aotearoa - New Zealand
Lecturer $89,645 - $108,144 p.a., Senior Lecturer $113,826 - $142,591 p.a.
Closing date
21 Apr 2024

Job Details

Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Software Engineering

Department of Computer Science & Software Engineering
Faculty of Engineering Christchurch, Aotearoa - New Zealand

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

What You Will Do

We invite applications for a continuing Lecturer/Senior Lecturer position in Software Engineering (equivalent to Assistant Professor or Associate Professor in the US System) to join our diverse and dynamic department.

You will teach into the growing Software Engineering undergraduate programme, which is accredited by Engineering New Zealand to the internationally recognised Washington Accord. You will also instruct at the postgraduate level and supervise research thesis students.

You will develop a strong, externally funded research programme that complements the Department's present research activities, but is not limited to these topics. You will be encouraged to contribute and extend the department's extensive network of collaboration with researchers and industry both internationally and locally.

Finally, faculty staff are expected to participate in Departmental and University activities and administration, and collaborate with other academics in the Department's teaching and research activities.

Who You Are

You will be expected to hold (or obtain) a Ph.D. degree in Software Engineering or Computer Science (or a closely aligned discipline) and have a demonstrated record of published research in Software Engineering (or a closely aligned discipline). The successful candidate will have a commitment to excellence in teaching of core courses in Software Engineering at both the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. The appointee will also demonstrate a background in supervising final year undergraduate projects, Masters, and Ph.D. students, an ability in collaborating with others in the University, and interest in contributing to Departmental, College, and University activities.

Even though the scope of research and teaching of this position is rather open, and we encourage applications from candidates with a background in any area of Software Engineering, we are particularly interested in candidates with experience teaching group project courses using agile software development practices, software maintenance and evolution, software performance, and software reliability engineering. We also encourage applications from candidates with research and teaching experience in maintenance of legacy systems, software testing, or software security (including Software Engineering for cybersecurity).

You will have an active commitment to upholding the attributes that underpin the University values: Tika (doing what is right, being professional, and maintaining high standards), Pono (being honest, truthful, and acting with integrity), and Aroha (being respectful, responsive, and empathetic).

Who You Will Work With

Te Tari Pūhanga Pūmanawa Rorohiko - Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering is a strong and forward-looking Department, dedicated to excellence in both research and teaching, and with collaborative links with research groups and industry throughout New Zealand and the world. The Department and University will assist in the development of a successful research programme and teaching portfolio. This may include, for example, support to start up research, and teaching training and mentoring.

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

Please take a virtual tour of our department and Engineering facilities.

Why UC

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

The University of Canterbury is committed to high quality research and higher education, service to the community and the encouragement of talent without barriers of distance, wealth, class, gender or ethnicity. We educate 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 recognise our obligation under the Treaty of Waitangi - Te Tiriti o Waitangi and are committed to supporting Equity and Diversity, recognising that a sense of 'belonging' is an integral part of university life. At the University of Canterbury we have a diverse, culture-rich, and cooperative environment and ensure all staff and students are given the opportunity and support to grow as individuals and as part of the wider community.

What We Offer

  • Relocation support
  • Unique bequest funded endowment that supports an extensive visiting Fellowship programme
  • Widely accessible sabbatical provision
  • Generous annual leave provisions
  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Supportive working environment
  • Professional development opportunities
  • A unique working environment in a beautiful campus with access to UC facilities. For more information, please visit:

For more information on our Benefits, please visit

This role sits within the Academic Staff, Associated Staff and Academic Support Staff Collective Agreement and the following salary scale applies:

This role sits within the Academic Staff, Associated Staff and Academic Support Staff Collective Agreement and the following salary scale applies: Lecturer $89,645 - $108,144 p.a., Senior Lecturer $113,826 - $142,591 p.a.

The closing date for this position is: April 21st, 2024 (midnight NZ time)Please note, applications will be reviewed after the close date.

How You Apply

Applications for this position must be submitted on our careers website and should include the following required documents in a single, consolidated PDF file:

cover letter

full academic CV with contact information of three academic referees

research statement highlighting recent research achievements and outlining future research plans (2-3 pages)

teaching statement outlining your teaching philosophy and contributions, particularly with respect to Software Engineering (2-3 pages)

We do not accept applications by email, however, we are happy to answer any queries at

For further information specifically about the role, please contact: Dr Miguel Morales (

For overseas applicants, please visit Immigration New Zealand website, to review the latest health and visa requirements for visiting and working in New Zealand.



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