Senior Lecturer in Maternal and Child Health

University of Canterbury

New Zealand


What You Will Do
Applications are invited for a senior continuing academic position in Te Kura Mātai Hauora | School of Health Sciences in the subject area of Maternal and Child Health. The holder of the position 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, they will provide major contributions to course design and delivery at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels. They will also engage in postgraduate student research supervision, and programme coordination within the School of Health Sciences / Te Kura Mātai Hauora.  
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.

The successful candidate will be expected to demonstrate an active commitment to continuing their professional development and upholding the values, tikanga, kawa and traditions as guided by Ngāi Tūāhuriri, the mana whenua, in their everyday practices as a teacher and research scholar. Ability in te reo Māori me āna tikanga would be an advantage.

Who You Are
Applicants will have a PhD in Child Developmental Psychology, Clinical Child Psychology, Paediatrics/Child Psychiatry (maternal and child speciality) or a related specialist area. They will also be a leader in scholarly and research achievements, and have an active programme of research in their area of expertise. To support this they will have an established track record of publication in peer reviewed international journals and a growing international reputation in their field. Evidence of external grant success, contributions to international meetings/societies, and end user community engagement is also expected. The successful applicant 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, and UC Child Well-being Research Institute

Who You Will Work With
Te Kura Mātai Hauora | 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 Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha | 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 Te Papa Hauora/Health Precinct; bringing together health researchers and PhD students to collaborate and innovate alongside Canterbury District Health Board (CDHB)clinical staff.
Why UC
Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha | 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:
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View the Introduction_to_Health_at_UC_Booklet.pdf
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
Internal candidates should apply via the Careers option in Employee Self-Service:

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