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Lecturer in Media and Communication and Political Science (Quantitative Social Scientist)

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Te Kura Mātāpuna Tangata | School of Language, Social & Political Sciences

Te Kaupeka Toi Tangata | Faculty of Arts

Located in Ōtautahi | Christchurch, Aotearoa | New Zealand

  • Full-time 37.5 hours per week (1.0 FTE)
  • Continuing (permanent) position 

Āu Mahi | What You Will Do

Te Kura Mātāpuna Tangata | School of Language, Social & Political Sciences (LSAP) is seeking to appoint a social scientist with expertise in quantitative methodologies. The role will be based across the department of Media and Communication, and the department of Political Science and International Relations, and will carry out teaching and research at the intersection of these disciplines. You will develop courses and contribute to teaching in areas such as statistical modelling, querying and analysing large datasets, social network analysis, and data visualisation.

Other responsibilities will include pastoral care of students, postgraduate thesis supervision, research, administrative tasks, outreach, and supervision of tutors. The University is committed to developing biculturally competent, community-engaged and globally aware graduates and teaching which supports students’ ability to understand and interact effectively. Your teaching and professional development will reflect these values. 

Mōu | Who You Are

The University is committed to building Māori scholarship capacity, and knowledge of tikanga and depth of engagement with te ao Māori would be an advantage, along with experience working in vision Mātauranga and Pasifika methodologies. You will be motivated to promote UC’s values which include whanaungatanga – valuing people and their differences; manaakitanga – extending care and empowering others; and tiakitanga – enhancing and nurturing our resources. 

To be successful in the role, you will have experience at the interface of communication, political science, international relations and related fields, and a relevant PhD. You will be proficient in teaching and developing a reflective pedagogical practice, with experience at tertiary level. You will be able to demonstrate knowledge of recent developments in both research/scholarship and professional practice in this field. You will have an established research portfolio, or be developing a research practice. Experience of working in multidisciplinary research teams would be an advantage. You will also have experience in using computational and quantitative methodologies. 

Mahi Ngātahi | Who You Will Work With

Te Kaupeka Toi Tangata | Faculty of Arts is academically vibrant and culturally diverse, comprising of Aotahi: the School of Maori and Indigenous Studies; the School of Humanities and Creative Arts; and the School of Language, Social and Political Sciences. The College has a very broad research base including ten research centres and offers a wide range of undergraduate and post graduate degrees, diplomas and certificates. 

Ngā Uara | Our Values

We value manaakitanga, whanaungatanga and tiakitanga at Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha and these uara (values) guide our decisions and behaviour. Our values provide a roadmap for how we do things, affirming our commitment to the oranga (health, safety and wellbeing) of our students through mana-enhancing pastoral care and support. Ngā Uara challenge and inspire us to be the best we can be. They make UC a great place to work and study. 

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 the 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. 

We offer a range of fantastic benefits including flexible work practices, study opportunities and generous superannuation and leave provisions. For more information, please visit us: 

For more information about the University of Canterbury, please visit 

The closing date for this position is: Sunday, 29 May 2022 (midnight NZ time)

Please note applications will be reviewed after the close date. 

Pēhea te tono mai | How You Apply

Applications to be submitted online through our careers website, or use the APPLY button on this page, and should include: 

  • a ‘cover letter’ including a 2-3 page statement outlining your research interests and goals, teaching philosophy, and your thoughts on how to develop a successful quantitative research team
  • a ‘resume’ which includes a list of relevant research publications. 

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: Linda Jean 

Important Information

This role requires that you are, and remain, fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (including any periodic boosters required by law or required to obtain a My Vaccine Pass), during your employment with the University of Canterbury.

In response to COVID-19 the New Zealand Government have imposed travel restrictions but have recently announced a five-step plan for a phased border re-opening. This phased re-opening will take some time and this may alter the nature of the standard interview process for offshore candidates, particularly at the on-site interview stage. To see how this might affect your application and for more information and updates on the border restrictions and phased re-opening, please visit the Immigration New Zealand website or the New Zealand Government’s official Covid-19 website

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