Lecturer and Senior Lecturer in Bioinformatics and Genomics

The University of Auckland
Auckland, Auckland Region, New Zealand
Job Type:
  • Faculty (Two tenure-track positions available)
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Lecturer and Senior Lecturer in Bioinformatics and Genomics

Faculty of Science - School of Biological Science

The School of Biological Sciences invites applications for two tenure-track positions as either Lecturer or Senior Lecturer in Bioinformatics and Genomics. Applicants should have a strong record of research and teaching with research focusing on genome biology and evolution or a related area, and should have strong skills in bioinformatics, programming and/or genomics/bioinformatics research. Research projects are open, and could include both experimental and computational approaches. The appointee will teach into SBS courses in Genomics, Bioinformatics, Evolution, and across Quantitative Biology more generally. Professional expertise in one or more of scientific programming, genomics/bioinformatics platform development and/or management would be an advantage.

The successful applicant will be expected to collaborate with other researchers within and outside the University, through the Bioinformatics Institute led by Professor Anthony Poole, and with the wider SBS community, which includes expertise in Genome Biology, Plant and Microbial Science, Biomedical Science, and Evolutionary Biology. They will be expected to establish their own research portfolio that attracts external funding and postgraduate students. They will also be expected to teach in the School’s academic programme at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

The School of Biological Sciences currently employs 180 staff and supervises 160 PhD students. The School has modern laboratories and facilities (see SBS web site: http://www.sbs.auckland.ac.nz/), and has excellent facilities in bioinformatics, genomics, proteomics and metabolomics. The Bioinformatics Institute is the only institute of its kind in New Zealand, and, together with the Centre for Genomics, Proteomics and Metabolomics, is rapidly strengthening its research-focus across a range of areas, including in genome biology. The Bioinformatics Institute is on the City Campus, in the heart of Auckland, with good public transport links and easy walking to neighbouring research institutes.

The University is committed to meeting its obligations under the Treaty of Waitangi and achieving equity outcomes for staff and students in a safe, inclusive and equitable environment. For further information on services for Maori, Pacific, women, LGBTI, equity groups, parenting support and flexible work go to www.equity.auckland.ac.nz. Applications from Canadians are accepted.


Summary statement:

The successful applicant will be expected to teach and coordinate courses in Genomics, Bioinformatics, Evolution and Quantitative Biology at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels; to undertake original research and secure external funding; to contribute to bioinformatics and genomics research platform development and management; and to supervise research students towards Honours, Masters and Doctoral degrees.


  • Undertake undergraduate and postgraduate teaching as required by the Head of School. Supervise and assess student work.


  • Undertake an active and viable research programme
  • Attract significant research-funding from appropriate national and international agencies
  • Disseminate knowledge through scholarly research activities
  • Participate in conferences and advance research interests
  • Supervise postgraduate student research
  • Work collaboratively with colleagues at the University of Auckland


  • Carry out administrative responsibilities appropriate to the position
  • Contribute to development and management of the platform infrastructure in genomics and bioinformatics
  • Undertake administration of teaching course(s)

University responsibilities:

  • Participate in community service activities that further advance the particular field
  • Participate in University and/or School committees
  • Ensure the observance of University policy and codes of practice in all teaching, research and administrative practices
  • Contribute to the development of the School working environment of teamwork and cooperation


Doctoral degree with postdoctoral experience and a strong record of research and teaching with a focus in a specific area of Genomics or Bioinformatics.

Additional Information

Applications close on Friday, 15 September 2017. All applications must be made online.