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Director Kia Topu Research Institute
University of Canterbury

Date Posted Mar. 11, 2019
Title Director Kia Topu Research Institute
University University of Canterbury
Christchurch, Canterbury, New Zealand
Department Kia Tōpū Research Institute
Application Deadline Apr. 14, 2019
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Director/Manager
  • Research

Director Kia Tōpū Research Institute

  • Inaugural Research Director opportunity
  • Strategically lead pan-university Institute
  • Drive cutting-edge research into the future of food
  • Top ranking University in New Zealand

The University of Canterbury celebrates people prepared to make a difference: tangata tū, tangata ora.Its mission is to contribute to society through knowledge in chosen areas of endeavour by promoting a world-class learning environment, known for attracting people with the greatest potential to make a difference.

The University of Canterbury (UC) has established a new academic strategic initiative, Kia Tōpū, which will develop UC’s capability in research and teaching to support sustainable production, efficient processing and secure distribution of healthy food. With a vision to create an international centre of excellence and IP generation, the Kia Tōpū strategic initiative aims to shape the global narrative on the future of food.

Reporting to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, the inaugural Director of this Institute will be the strategic leader responsible for the direction, operation and reputation of the Institute and for the promotion of its research programmes to internal and external stakeholders within New Zealand and overseas.

With a PhD in a relevant field, you will be an internationally recognised academic and/or thought leader at a senior level, able to demonstrate an outstanding multidisciplinary research portfolio in either Food Innovation, Food Equity or Food Intelligence. As this is a new position, you will be an enterprising strategist and disruptor, you will be committed to making a difference and will have a proven track record of building and fostering innovative research across academic disciplines organisation-wide.

You will be bold in thinking and aspirational and as this position has a strong external facing component, you will display enthusiasm and advanced skills in successfully developing external relationships with stakeholders, including the private and public sector. With an inspiring collegial and unifying leadership style, you will create synergies to build teams and will have had previous success leading resourceful approaches to new funding opportunities. A willingness to engage in the bi-cultural aspects of the University is important.

The University of Canterbury is situated in Christchurch and is a leading university in New Zealand with over 15,000 students across five different colleges.

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The Process

To apply in confidence, please go to and click "APPLY ONLINE" using reference UCAdkt0119 and include your cover letter and full curriculum vitae; or for a confidential discussion call or Kirsten Henderson on +64 9 282 4240. Please do not apply directly through our UC careers website.

Applications close Sunday, 14 April 2019

The University of Canterbury is an EEO employer and actively seeks to meet its obligation under the Treaty of Waitangi.

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