6 September 2021

University of Canterbury is offering a postdoctoral opportunity, funded by Bioprotection Aotearoa. This is a fantastic opportunity to contribute to improving Aotearoa’s governance and management of bioprotection in agricultural landscapes.

Research aim

The aims of this postdoctoral fellowship include:

  1. Understanding social influences on models of healthy and productive agri-ecosystems;
  2. Determining key social, economic, and governance implications and influences on pro-environmental behaviours and wellbeing in the New Zealand population;
  3. Exploring social responses to biosecurity challenges and countermeasures identified in other parts of the Centre.

Prerequisites and application process

Applicants for this project are expected to have:

  • PhD (NZQA Level 10) in environmentally or agriculturally focused research in political science, geography, or a related discipline
  •  At least 12 months’ experience in each of New Zealand and overseas, doing environmental or agricultural social science research
  • Professional experience, both in New Zealand and overseas (at least 12 months of each), doing community-engaged research with diverse communities, both urban and rural
  • Quantitative social science experience, and publications of quantitative results
  • Qualitative social science experience, and publications of qualitative results
  • Tertiary teaching experience, undergraduate and postgraduate levels
  • A research background in environmental governance, agriculture, and climate change adaptation is essential
  • Demonstrated experience of excellent research capabilities (design and leadership) required to carry out innovative and insightful research
  • A publication track record, as well as experience with preparation and delivery of quality oral presentations to a wide range of audiences is essential
  • A proven ability to communicate complex ideas and concepts (both oral and written) to a wide variety or groups including scientific and non-scientific audiences
  • Strong computer literacy and numeric skills, use of database management tools and statistical analysis software, and modelling skills would be an advantage
  • Ability and willingness to undertake collaborative research
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written
  • Ability to relate well to and mentor students
  • Demonstrate an understanding of multicultural issues and display a commitment to te Tiriti o Waitangi
  • Recognising Te Ao Ngāi Tūāhuriri – values, tikanga (processes), kawa (rules) of cultural practice and traditions and valuing Te Reo Māori.

Applicants should send evidence of qualifications and research experience, together with a curriculum vitae and contact details of two academic or professional referees to Ann Brower by 25 September 2021 ([email protected]). Applications should be supported by a cover letter that states why the candidate is interested in a postdoctoral scholarship and how their qualifications and aspirations would map onto the proposed research.

After 26 September, preferred candidates will then need to apply for a position at University of Canterbury and meet the institutional criteria for entry prior to the scholarship being confirmed. There will be an online form for application. Preferred applicants will be advised whether and how to fill in the online form.