Lecturer/Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor in Child and Family Psychology

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School of Health Sciences | Te Kura Mātai Hauora
College of Education, Health and Human Development | TeRāngaiAko me te Hauora
University of Canterbury | Te Whare Wānanga o Waitaha

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

What You Will Do

The University of Canterbury is seeking to fill a permanent, full-time academic post in its prestigious Child and Family Psychology programme, commencing January 2022. The successful candidate will be an accomplished researcher and a highly experienced Child and Family Psychologist. We are looking for someone who is dedicated to training our future Child and Family Psychologists; and who shares our programme’s philosophical emphases on cross-sectoral, inter-disciplinary and culturally-sensitive practice, within a scientist-practitioner framework.

Who You Are

The successful candidate will have an active research programme in a clinical child, developmental, family and/or parenting field, consistent with appointment at Lecturer, Senior Lecturer or Associate Professor level (Lecturer, Senior Lecturer and Associate Professor academic ranks are broadly equivalent to that of ‘Assistant Professor’, ‘Associate Professor’ and ‘Full Professor’ in North America, respectively). The successful candidate will also have significant professional standing as a psychologist working with children and families, including clinical leadership and/or senior advisory experience.

The essential selection criteria are:

A PhD in Psychology or other relevant discipline
Registered to practice as a Psychologist in New Zealand, or (for overseas applicants) eligible to be registered in New Zealand
At least 5 years post-registration experience as a Psychologist working with children, adolescents and/or families, with evidence of significant professional standing in your field of practice
Experience leading a child and family psychology team or service, or other relevant clinical leadership and/or experience in senior clinical advisory roles
Experience (and evidence of competence) in culturally appropriate practice with indigenous, ethnic minority and/or immigrant families
Research and scholarship in a field relevant to child and family psychological practice and/or policy, consistent with appointment at Lecturer, Senior Lecturer or Associate Professor level
Experience teaching in a post-graduate Psychologist training programme that culminates in Psychologist registration / licensure
Experience supervising Masters and/or Doctoral research students

Who You Will Work With

The Child and Family Psychology Programme encompasses a three-year postgraduate training scheme, commencing with an open-entry Masters degree, followed by a limited-entry Postgraduate Diploma in Child and Family Psychology. The diploma leads to registration as a Psychologist with the New Zealand Psychologists’ Board. This is a cross-sectoral programme that aims to equip psychologists to work with children and families in varied settings, including Child and Adolescent Mental Health, Paediatrics, Education, Child Welfare (including alternate care and adoption), Disability Services, and various types of non-government children’s services. The programme is unique to New Zealand and Australia, and is one of only a few of its kind in the world. The programme also operates the Pukemanu Centre, a state-of-the art university training clinic that offers considerable scope for carrying out clinical and applied developmental research with children, parents and families.

The successful applicant will have opportunities for international conference travel to support their research and teaching activities and will have the opportunity to network with international colleagues through the University’s unique Erskine Fellowship and Canterbury Fellowship Scheme (which enables the University to host world leading academics) and through the University’s academic staff exchange programmes with Oxford and Cambridge Universities in the UK.

For more information about our team and programmes, please visit us @ Child and Family Psychology Programme

Why UC

TangataTū, Tangata Ora – Engaged, Empowered, Making a Difference.

We are an Equal Employment Opportunities (EEO) employer and we encourage diversity in our staffing profile. The University of Canterbury actively seeks to meet its obligation under the Treaty of Waitangi | TeTiriti o Waitangi.

The University of Canterbury is a leading University in New Zealand, with over 15,000 students across five colleges. We are located in Christchurch – the gateway to the South Island of New Zealand with easy access to the Southern Alps and renowned skiing, hiking, fishing, whale watching, mountain biking and other outdoor destinations and facilities to support a work-life-balance lifestyle.

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: http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/joinus

For more information about the University of Canterbury, please visit www.canterbury.ac.nz

The closing date for this position is: Sunday, 2 May 2021 (midnight, NZ time)

How to Apply

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

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

Unfortunately 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: Professor Michael Tarren-Sweeney, [email protected]

Important Information

In response to COVID-19 the New Zealand Government have imposed travel restrictions and are currently only allowing New Zealand Residents, Citizens and visa holders meeting a strict exception policy to enter the country, all of whom must currently enter Government-approved isolation/quarantine for two weeks upon arrival.

It is uncertain when these border restrictions will change, and this may alter the nature of the standard interview process for 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 visit the Immigration New Zealand website or the New Zealand Government’s official Covid-19 website