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School of Product Design, Te Kura Hanga Otinga

Faculty of Engineering, Te Kaupeka Phanga

University of Canterbury, Te Whare Wnanga o Waitaha

Located in Christchurch New Zealand, tautahi, Aotearoa

  • Full-time (37.5 hours per week)
  • Continuing (i.e. permanent) position

Au Mahi | What You Will Do

Te Whare Wananaga o Waitaha | University of Canterbury is seeking to appoint a permanent, full-time academic staff member in the disciplines of Game Arts and Animation to support the University's new Bachelor of Digital Screen (Honours) undergraduate degree program. The appointment will be made at the rank of Lecturer (Teaching and Admin Only), Lecturer, or Senior Lecturer (equivalent to a tenured Assistant Professor in the North American System), depending on the successful candidate's relevant experience.

The successful candidate will develop courses and contribute to teaching in Game Arts and Animation; engage in and supervise research or creative practice related to Game Arts, Animation, and Digital Screen activities (at Lecturer and Senior Lecturer rank); assist with academic initiatives within the School and the University; and seek external funding to support staff and student research and creative practice.

Mou | Who You Are

Applicants should have a Postgraduate Degree in a relevant area (PhD preferred), and/or substantial (minimum five years) industry experience in Game Arts, Animation, or a related field. Applicants must show evidence of teaching ability, with experience at the tertiary level preferred, and be able to demonstrate a knowledge of recent developments in research and/or professional practice in Game Arts and Animation. The successful candidate will demonstrate potential for academic excellence in teaching, with a strong commitment to developing excellent courses at undergraduate level. Experience working in multi-disciplinary teams would be an advantage.

In addition to the above, preferred candidate attributes include:

  • Proficiency with industry standard 3D Modelling software (with expertise in at least one of Blender or Maya)
  • Experience will software including Z-Brush, Substance Painter, Substance Designer
  • Experience in low-poly to high-poly workflows
  • Experience in rigging and animation
  • Experience with lighting and rendering techniques
  • Experience in the Adobe Creative Suite of products including Photoshop, Premier and After Effects
  • Experience with Character and World design
  • In-depth knowledge of Animation, Illustration, and Motion Graphics
  • Knowledge of Unity and/or Unreal, especially in regard to art workflows
  • Experience with Visual FX, Virtual Production, and other aspects of film-making would be advantageous

Mahi Ngatahi | Who You Will Work With

The Bachelor of Digital Screen (Honours) degree brings together six majors: Animation, Cinematic Arts, Game Arts, Game Development, Screen Sound, and Screen Writing, along with a minor in Indigenous Narrative. The successful candidate for this role will get to work alongside academics from both Arts and Engineering backgrounds, developing courses, teaching, and conducting research and creative work at the intersection of Games, Film, and other Digital Screen media.

More information about Te Kura Hanga Otinga | the School of Product Design is available at:

Nga Painga o UC | Why UC

Tangata Tu, Tangata Ora - Engaged, Empowered, Making a Difference.

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.

What we offer

We offer a range of fantastic benefits including flexible work practices, study opportunities and generous superannuation and leave provisions.

For more information on our Benefits, visit here:

For general information about the University of Canterbury, visit here:

The closing date for this position is: 6 December 2022 (Midnight, NZ Time)

Please note that applications submitted will be reviewed after the closing date.

Pehea te tono mai | How You Apply

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

  • a 'cover letter' that describes your interest in the position, and includes a 2-3 page statement outlining your research/creative work interests and goals, teaching philosophy, and your thoughts on how your interests and expertise would benefit the new Bachelor of Digital Screen (Honours) program;
  • a 'resume' which includes a list of relevant research publications and/or portfolio of relevant creative works;
  • evidence of teaching effectiveness.

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

For further information specifically about the role, please contact Senior Lecturer, Adrian Clark,

For overseas applicants, please visit Immigration New Zealand website ( or the New Zealand Government's official Covid-19 website (, to review the latest health and visa requirements for visiting and working in New Zealand.


Applicants should have a Postgraduate Degree in a relevant area (PhD preferred), and/or substantial (minimum five years) industry experience in Game Arts, Animation, or a related field. 

Job Information

  • Job ID: 66531986
  • Workplace Type: On-Site
  • Location:
    Christchurch, Florida, New Zealand
  • Company Name For Job: University of Canterbury
  • Position Title: Academic in Game Arts and Animation
  • Job Function: Education / Academia
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Job Duration: Indefinite
  • Min Education: Master's Degree
  • Min Experience: 3-5 Years
  • Required Travel: 0-10%

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