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Research Professors are academics of the highest rank who are qualified experts in their field.  Research Professors are expected to exercise a special responsibility in providing leadership and in fostering excellence in research, professional activities, policy development and service.  Research Professors perform advanced and innovative research in their field and provide pro bono community service, including consulting functions (such as advising government, non-profit organisations or iwi bodies) and will be involved in mentoring other members of staff as well as young or new academics (graduate students). Research Professors may be involved in commercial research activities and may be involved in knowledge-transfer to industry and/or the community.

Research Professors contribute to University planning and/or governance and serve the relevant profession and/or academic discipline and contribute to the wider community.  Administrative or managerial functions are most often at the high level and may include roles such as Dean or Head of Department.

It is expected that academic staff will be routinely at work on campus so they are available to assist students and for students to see the University as a place of active scholarship.


Teaching, assessment and curriculum development

Research Professors may be involved in attracting and successfully supervising postgraduate students.

Research and/or commercialisation of research and/or advancing professional practice and scholarship activities

It is expected that Research Professors:

  1. demonstrate outstanding leadership in research, publication and/or leadership and exceptional ability and original thought in professional practice relevant to the particular discipline resulting in advancing knowledge within the profession/discipline
  2. produce quality assured publications within the field or discipline, either individually or as part of a group resulting in advancing knowledge within the profession/discipline
  3. provide leadership in the development and implementation of methods of quality assurance in research
  4. have international standing in the advancement of knowledge and/or professional practice
  5. make a significant contribution to the research environment
  6. contribute to the advancement of artistic practice through performances as soloists or directors, as evidenced by published scholarly or critical reviews by acknowledged experts in their fields (if they are performance staff).

It is expected that Research Professors may be:

  1. obtaining research funding, being awarded nationally or internationally competitive external research grants and/or being awarded grants from industry
  2. awarded significant research related prizes, awards, honours or fellowships
  3. attending and presenting papers at academic conferences, both nationally and internationally
  4. attending and presenting at national hui or wānanga and/or international indigenous conferences
  5. forming effective research collaborations within the Department, School, Division, or outside the University.  Collaborations outside the University may be within the community, regional, national and/or international
  6. engaging in scholarly activities including editing journals and other publications, membership of an editorial board,  acting as a referee
  7. demonstrating outstanding leadership in the generation of collaborative research programmes within the University and/or with external bodies such as industry and other tertiary institutions
  8. mentoring the development of research students and new and emerging researchers
  9. contributing to the development of significant new insights by the application of existing or new knowledge to the problems of society
  10. contributing to the commercialisation of research (new intellectual property, products and services; knowledge-transfer)
  11. having international standing in the advancement of knowledge and/or professional practice
  12. making scholarly contributions to the advancement of professional practice, where appropriate
  13. undertakng roles on government, iwi bodies or industry commissions, and/or receiving requests to run information or training sessions for the government, iwi bodies, professions or industries
  14. having a recognised leadership role in their iwi, hapū or Māori community.

Service to the University and the community

It is expected that Research Professors:

  1. take leadership roles in the administration of their Department or School, possibly including service as Head of Department, and take a leadership role in University planning and/or governance
  2. represent the Department through contributions to committees, working parties etc within the Division, or the wider University (including the Māori Strategic Framework).

It is expected that Research Professors may be:

  1. fostering collegiality within the Department/School
  2. sharing knowledge with the community outside the University and contributing to local and national communities through involvement in the development of policy, practice, and cultural activities (eg: iwi/Māori development)
  3. transferring knowledge and technology to the community, industry or commerce, as appropriate
  4. having service contributions of significance and distinction that are recognised as such by the University, if they have been in the role for several years
  5. contributing to the profession/discipline and/or making relevant contributions to the community.  The contributions will be of great significance and distinction and are recognised as such throughout the University
  6. making a significant contribution to help the University achieve its academic goals, including those identified in the Māori Strategic Framework and the strategic imperatives identified in the Strategic Direction to 2012 (eg: holding an Associate Dean role);fostering collegiality within the Department/School
  7. making a significant contribution to the research environment


It is expected that Research Professors:

  1. take an active interest in the activities relating to the Department
  2. meet all compliance and reporting requirements
  3. work collegially with staff and students in the Department, School, Division and the University.

Employment conditions


  • Advanced qualifications and/or recognised significant experience in the relevant discipline area.  A position at this level will normally require a doctoral qualification or equivalent accreditation and standing.
  • For clinical positions within the Health Sciences Division it is normally expected the individual is registered with the appropriate registering body.
  • Demonstrated capacity for independent research and an outstanding record of publications in refereed journals.
  • May be transferring knowledge to the community and industry for the development of products and services that benefit society.

Authority to appoint

The Vice-Chancellor approves the appointment of Research Professors.

Find out more about authority to appoint academic staff

Confirmation path

Not eligible

Salary scales

  • Professorial scale (Non Medical/Dental) (steps 1 to 9)
  • Professorial scale (Medical/Dental) (steps 1 to 7)

Performance and salary review

Biennial review of performance and salary

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Not eligible

Research and study leave

Eligible with more than four years' continuous service.

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Employment agreements

Research Professors usually are covered by the:

  • Academic Staff (Non Medical/Dental) Collective Employment Agreement or
  • Academic Staff (Non Medical/Dental) Individual Agreement or
  • Academic Staff (Medical & Dental) Employment Agreement or
  • Joint Clinical Medical Academic Agreement

View all employment agreements

Performance-Based Research Fund (PBRF)

Evidence portfolio required

Find out more about the PBRF

Useful information

Key contacts

Dan Wilson
HR Manager - Promotions & Remuneration
+64 3 479 8092

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