Otago looking for another science communication professor

Well this is exciting – the University of Otago’s Centre for Science Communication is undertaking a worldwide search for a science communication academic to join the Dunedin-based centre run by Professor Lloyd Davis.

Prof Lloyd Davis
Prof Lloyd Davis

The Centre for Science Communication is New Zealand’s only dedicated science communication academic centre and has won worldwide acclaim for its work in the area of science documentaries, thanks in part to a great partnership with Dunedin-based production Natural History New Zealand, which is now owned by Fox.

Where the centre hasn’t been as strong has been in the area of science communication research. Other science communication centres around the world do much better in this area. It appears then that the Dunedin centre is looking for an expert in science communication to come onboard and beef up its research output. This is a great move. Science communication research in New Zealand is fairly thin at a time when society’s relationship with science needs to be much better understood. With the earthquakes, Rena oil spill, the ongoing issue of fresh water quality all providing fertile material for science communication research projects now is exactly the time for the centre to expand in this area.

And what a cool job too – here are the details.

We invite applications to join the friendly and progressive Centre for Science Communication, one of the world’s largest university programmes devoted to postgraduate courses and research in science communication. Established in 2008, the Centre has grown quickly and has a strong international flavour, with approximately half of our 50-plus students coming from overseas at any one time. We are focussed on developing our international reputation for scholarship and research in areas of science communication.

For that reason, the successful candidate should have demonstrated sustained outstanding leadership in relation to research in some area of science communication. It is expected that you will develop a proactive research programme at the Centre for Science Communication and attract internal and external grants, postdoctoral researchers, PhD and Masters students.

The University of Otago has an enviable track record in research. Situated on the east coast of New Zealand’s South Island, Dunedin possesses a unique combination of cultural riches, fine architecture, world-famous wildlife reserves and is recognised for its beautiful scenery. Nearby is Central Otago, which is renowned for both its wine and its spectacular scenery.

The University of Otago is looking for a candidate who clearly demonstrates energy, drive and enthusiasm for the study of science communication. You will be expected to take a constructive and active role in the academic development and management of the Centre, with a view to assuming the role of Assistant Director and working closely with the Director of the Centre, Professor Lloyd Davis. Therefore, evidence of leadership skills and an ability to nurture and develop academic staff and students are important qualities for this role. It is envisaged you will have a PhD or equivalent research degree, considerable teaching experience and be research active.

Applications quoting reference number 1301291 will close on Thursday, 12 September 2013. Please click here to apply via our online recruitment system.


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