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Professor-Associate Professor and Head of the Department Exercise Sciences, University of Auckland, New Zealand

Professor-Associate Professor and Head of the Department Exercise Sciences, University of Auckland, New Zealand

  • Lead the academic discipline of Exercise Sciences (41 in QS World Rankings 2019)
  • Live and work in New Zealand’s largest, most cosmopolitan and culturally diverse city
  • Teach exceptional students and collaborate with world leading colleagues including those in the Centre for Brain Research, Auckland Bioengingeering Institute and Liggins Institute

The Department of Exercise Sciences (ES) is committed to continuing to develop their world class research environment, grow funding and deliver innovative and exemplar teaching and learning programmes.

One of eleven academic units in New Zealand’s highest ranked Faculty of Science, the Department of Exercise Sciences is one of New Zealand’s leading academic programmes in the field.

The Department investigates the role of exercise and physical activity in sustaining health, improving disease outcomes and enhancing human performance through research across the following areas:

  • Biomechanics
  • Exercise and Sport Psychology
  • Movement Neuroscience
  • Exercise Physiology

The conclusion of Associate Professor Greg Anson’s current term as Head of Department in 2020 provides a rare opportunity for a full (or associate) Professor with relevant research profile complementing or aligning to one of the above areas, to join the University in a substantive academic role, with a five year term as Head of Department.

Located at the University’s Newmarket campus, with dedicated research facilities and world-class infrastructure, the opportunity to further enhance research and teaching opportunities is genuine and significant. The Department’s combined academic and clinical expertise is further demonstrated through its hosting of the Health and Rehabilitation Clinic, the Movement Neuroscience Lab, Clinical Exercise Physiology assessment and research labs; Biomechanics lab; Neurometabolism Lab; Exercise Physiology and Exercise Biochemistry Labs.

With 27 academic and professional staff, supporting over 50 research students, 250 undergraduate and coursework students, the Department is performing well, with aspirations to grow further.

For further information please contact:

Dr Kathrin Soehnel, University of Auckland, DDI: +64 9 923 9006, email:

Clare Litten, University of Auckland, DDI: +64 9 923 9096, email:

Applications should be submitted via the University website

Position reference: 20579

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