Job ID: 200214

Lecturer / Senior Lecturer in Software Engineering

University of Canterbury

  • Nov. 23, 2022
  • Lecturer / Senior Lecturer in Software Engineering
  • Computer Science and Software Engineering
  • University of Canterbury
    Christchurch, Canterbury
    New Zealand
  • Dec. 14, 2022
  • Available immediately
  • Lecturer/Instructor
    Senior Lecturer
  • Computer Engineering
    Computer Science

Te Tari Pūhanga Pūmanawa Rorohiko| Department of Computer Science & Software Engineering

Te Rāngai Pūkaha | Faculty of Engineering

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

Ngā Painga o UC | 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.

University of Canterbury is in Ōtautahi Christchurch, the gateway to the South Island of New Zealand. Christchurch is a very desirable place to live. We have a lot of green space, great bike routes, and access to the sea and mountains (which you can see from our School building) all within one-hour drive from the city.

We offer a range of benefits. For more information, please visit:

The appointable salary range will depend on the skills and experience of the successful applicant and covered by the academic and associated staff collective employment agreement:

Lecturer $82,882 - $100,954, Senior Lecturer $106,258 - $120,514,

Universities in New Zealand do not have a tenure system as compared to North American programmes and academic staff are continuing (i.e., permanent) employees upon appointment. Promotion to higher levels is based upon performance in all three keys areas: teaching, research, and administrative responsibilities.

For further information specifically about the role, please contact: Moffat Mathews (

For more information about the University of Canterbury, please visit

The closing date for this position is: 14 December 2022 (Midnight NZ time)

Please note, applications will be reviewed after the close date.

Pēhea te tono mai | How You Apply

Applications for this position must be submitted online through our careers website and should include in one document:

  • a cover letter;
  • a full academic CV with contact information of three academic referees;
  • a research statement highlighting recent research achievements and outlining future research plans (2-3 pages); and
  • a teaching statement outlining teaching 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 your queries in relation to the application process. Please forward these to

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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Contact Information

  • Moffat Mathews
    Computer Science and Software Engineering
    University of Canterbury
    Christchurch, Canterbury
    New Zealand

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