Professional Teaching Fellow (Biological Sciences)

New Zealand
May 10, 2017
May 31, 2017
Organization Type
University and College
Full Time
Faculty of Science - Biological Sciences

Professional Teaching Fellows work in a collegial and collaborative teaching environment to ensure excellence in student learning experiences and outcomes. Our students have a diverse range of learning and language skills as well as expectations. Courses in the School of Biological Sciences contribute to many programmes and specialisations and this is reflected in the complex demands on student learning outcomes. The successful applicant will be expected to lead the coordination and delivery of courses and develop resources for innovative teaching. Administration duties include assessment processes, preparation of all course materials and pastoral care, as well as other relevant duties across undergraduate levels.

Prospective candidates should, at a minimum, have a postgraduate tertiary qualification in biology or a related discipline with a demonstrated knowledge of biology. It is preferred that candidates also have a teaching qualification and/or experience of teaching a broad spectrum of biology at tertiary level. This teaching experience could include an understanding of authentic and problem-based learning, as well as the relevance of sociocultural learning. Candidates may have an understanding of educational theory and how this can be applied in the learning environment, along with a wider vision for the role and relevance of biology in society. Previous experience with students of diverse backgrounds and needs, particularly Māori and/or Pasifika students, would be advantageous, as would the ability to nurture and develop relationships with iwi and other relevant groups within the wider community.  Experience in on-line learning spaces, learning management systems and basic computer skills are essential.

Why work for us?

The University is committed to providing an excellent working environment through flexible employment practices and a culture that encourages and supports staff to reach their full potential. We offer a competitive salary, five weeks’ annual leave per year, and over 300 different career development courses. In addition, the University offers a company superannuation scheme, discounted car parking, childcare and a number of other subsidies on internal and external services. For more information please visit: Career development and benefits.

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 Māori, Pacific, women, LGBTI, equity groups, parenting support and flexible work go to


All applications must be made online through the university website:

Applications for this position close on May 31 2017. Duties will commence in Semester Two 2017.