Senior Lecturer / Associate Professor in Maternal and Child Health

University of Canterbury

New Zealand

Senior Lecturer / Associate Professor in Maternal and Child Health
School of Health Sciences,
College of Education, Health and Human Development
University of Canterbury
Location: Christchurch, New Zealand

  • Full-time at 37.5 hours per week (1.0 FTE)
  • Continuing (i.e. permanent) position

What You Will Do

Applications are invited for a senior continuing academic position in School of Health Sciences in the subject area of Maternal and Child Health. You will be involved in the development and expansion of our undergraduate maternal and child health offerings, and will contribute to teaching Masters coursework in the Child and Family Psychology programme. Thus, you will provide major contributions to course design and delivery at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. You will also engage in postgraduate student research supervision, and programme coordination within the School of Health Sciences.

We seek someone who can work comfortably within a life course and ecological framework on issues relating to maternal and child health. Specific areas of interest include maternal and child mental health, high risk maternal and child populations, the social and biological determinants of child health, developmental neuroimaging, epigenetics, and social disparities in maternal and child health. Expertise in the development of innovative public health and clinical interventions to improve outcomes and reduce social disparities for children and families is also highly desirable.

Who You Are

You will have a PhD in Child Developmental Psychology, Clinical Child Psychology, Paediatrics/Child Psychiatry (maternal and child speciality) or a related specialist area. You will also be a leader in scholarly and research achievements, and have an active programme of research in your area of expertise. To support this you will have an established track record of publication in peer reviewed international journals and a growing international reputation in your field. Evidence of external grant success, contributions to international meetings/societies, and end user community engagement is also expected. You will have demonstrated evidence of effective supervision of Master's Thesis, PhD and possibly Postdoctoral students.

For information on our team, School and our current undergraduate and postgraduate programmes follow the links School of Health Sciences, the Bachelor of Health Sciences degree, and the postgraduate qualification in Child and Family Psychology.

Who You Will Work With

The School of Health Sciences offers undergraduate and postgraduate programmes and research activities that respond to the dynamic nature of the health sector and its workforce. These include the undergraduate Bachelor of Health Sciences degree and various population health and clinical endorsements within the Postgraduate Diploma and Masters of Health Sciences. Other postgraduate programmes include Child and Family Psychology, Counselling, Nursing, Sport Science, and Specialist Teaching.

The School offers these exciting research and teaching opportunities through its new home, the Rehua building, a world class facility located in the heart of the University of Canterbury Ilam Campus with modern digital technologies and innovative learning and social spaces that encourage collaboration and multidisciplinary ways of working. UC is also a partner in Manawa, the new health research and education facility in Christchurch's Health Precinct; bringing together health researchers and PhD students to collaborate and innovate alongside Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB) clinical staff.

Why UC

The University of Canterbury is committed to promoting a world-class learning environment through research and teaching excellence, and has a vision statement of "tangata tū, tangata ora - people prepared to make a difference". You will have the opportunity to work alongside members of a diverse academic community and enrich your own professional and personal development.

For information about the range of fantastic benefits that UC offers including flexible work practices, study opportunities and generous superannuation and leave provisions, please visit us:

The closing date for this position is: Sunday, 15th September 2019 (midnight, NZ time)

How You Apply

Applications for this position are submitted online and should include a cover letter, a curriculum vitae which includes a list of relevant research publications and a 2-3 page statement outlining the research interests and goals. Please ensure your application is uploaded as a single pdf file and that the file name is your surname only.

For further information, specifically about the role, please contact Associate Professor Laurie McLay:

We are happy to answer your queries in relation to the application process, please forward these to Michelle Davies, Recruitment Coordinator,

University of Canterbury - Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha is an EEO employer and actively seeks to meet its obligation under the Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

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