Post Doctoral Fellow in Environmental Engineering

    Full-time 37.5 hours per week (1.0 FTE)
    Fixed-term position (4 years)

    Āu Mahi - What You Will Do

    The Department of Civil and Natural Resources Engineering at the University of Canterbury seeks a suitably qualified and experienced candidate for the position of Post Doctoral Fellow to support environmental engineering in research and supervised teaching.

    Teaching will be focused on one large undergraduate course, ENCN281 Environmental Engineering.

    The Fellow will:
    - Support development and delivery of tutorials
    - Support development, delivery, marking of laboratories
    - Support development and delivery of site visits and particularly the Field Activity Camp
    - Support development, delivery, and marking of assignments
    - Support development of recorded lectures and on-line quizzes
    - Manage marks, student communication, on-line quizzes, etc.

    Other teaching support will be agreed upon with the successful applicant.

    Research will be focused on one of these four topic areas:

    1. Emerging contaminants in on-site and decentralised wastewater treatment systems.
    Presence and fate; Role of monitoring, control, system design, maintenance
    2. Factors affecting the performance of on-site wastewater treatment.
    Study of performance allied with suppliers; role of patterns of use and discharge factors
    3. Environmental impacts of leaching of organics from tyres.
    Ecotoxicity, estrogenicity and microbial community analyses; leach tests; impact analysis
    4. Illegal dumping of solid wastes.
    Data analytics and GIS, impact analyses, human factor analysis, policy development.

    The successful applicant would develop, conduct, and lead research in a negotiated topic within one of these areas. Depending on the topic, the focus of the research activity can be laboratory work, fieldwork, data analysis, modelling, and/or system analysis. The successful applicant would work alongside others and, over time, is expected to supervise undergraduate research topics.

    Mōu - Who You Are

    Applicants must have relevant academic experience, qualifications and demonstrable skills in Environmental Engineering. Applicants will have excellent fundamental knowledge of environmental engineering, excellent communication skills (both written and oral), effective time management, and a willingness to develop as a teacher. Applicants will have the skills and experience to succeed in the negotiated research topic. The appointee must also have excellent organisational, interpersonal and English language skills.

    Applicants will be able to use this position to demonstrate an ability to develop top-quality, innovative research independent of PhD research, and will be able to develop teaching skills in a supportive environment.

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

    Ngā Painga o UC - Why UC

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

    The University of Canterbury is committed to accessible higher education, service to community and the encouragement of talent without barriers of distance, wealth, class, gender or ethnicity. The University explicitly aims to produce graduates and support staff who are engaged with their communities, empowered to act for good and determined to make a difference in the world.

    What we offer
    - Flexible working arrangements
    - Supportive working environment
    - Generous annual leave provisions and competitive salary
    - Professional development opportunities
    - A unique working environment in a beautiful campus with access to UC facilities such as the recreation centre and Staff club at discounted rates plus onsite café's and eateries, and more.

    For more information, please visit:

    For more information about Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha - University of Canterbury, please visit

    The closing date for this position is: Sunday, 1st October (11pm, NZ time). Applications will be reviewed as they are received and interviews may take place before the close date.

    Pēhea te tono mai - How You Apply

    Applications for this position must be submitted on our careers website and should include:
    Your application will need to include:
    - Curriculum vitae
    - Unofficial academic transcript(s) of relevance to environmental engineering preparation
    - Details on any teaching experience
    - Details on any research experience including one research publication
    - Discussion of how well any of the four research topic areas listed above could suit the applicant.

    Applications will be evaluated based on:
    - Teaching experience
    - Prospective tutoring ability
    - Research experience (quantity and quality)
    - Research fit with department needs and ability to succeed in agreed topic.

    Please note, we do not accept applications by email, however we are happy to answer your queries in relation to the application process, please forward these to [email protected]

    For further information specifically about the role, please contact: Hamish Mackey, Senior Lecturer Above the Bar, [email protected] to discuss the opportunities associated with this position.

    Please Note: Applications for Post Doctoral Fellow positions will be considered from candidates who are working towards or nearing completion of a relevant Doctoral qualification. The title of Post Doctoral Fellow will be applied upon successful completion of the Doctoral degree. Prior to the qualification being awarded, the title of Research Associate will be given, and salary will reflect the Research Associate scale.

    Appointable salary for a Post Doctoral Fellow will be $85,000 (pa). Appointable salary range for a Research Associate will be $58,660.66 - $68,437.44 (pa).

    For overseas applicants, please visit Immigration New Zealand website or the New Zealand Government's official Covid-19 website, to review the latest health and visa requirements for visiting and working in New Zealand.

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