Post Doctoral Research Fellow

University of Stirling

Stirling, UK 🇬🇧

Post Details

Full time
Fixed term for 16 months 

The closing date for applications is midnight on Thursday 02 December 2021 
Interviews are expected to take place on Monday 13 December 2021

For the purposes of sponsorship, this is a postdoctoral role under SOC code 2119

The University of Stirling recognises that a diverse workforce benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers and welcome applications from those who would contribute to further diversification of our staff and ensure that equality, diversity and inclusion is woven into the substance of the role. We strongly encourage applications from people from diverse backgrounds including gender, identity, race, age, class, and ethnicity. 

The Post

The Institute of Aquaculture (IoA), Faculty of Natural Sciences is offering a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow (PDRF) position to work on the environmental modelling of catchments and Scottish freshwater loch systems. The position will play a pivotal role and take the lead on delivering the research outcomes of the Sustainable Aquaculture Innovation Centre (SAIC) funded project “Freshwater aquaculture in a changing world”.

This research project is centred on investigating water movement within freshwater loch systems as well as water flow and runoff from the wider catchment, and the implications for aquaculture planning and management. This project brings together a unique and significant freshwater aquaculture partnership from industry (Mowi Scotland, Dawnfresh Seafoods), environmental regulators (Scottish Environment Protection Agency, SEPA), aquaculture certifiers (Aquaculture Stewardship Council, ASC) and research organisations (University of Stirling and the Norwegian Institute for Water Research, NIVA) to assess and improve freshwater management tools to optimize environmental management and disease control.

The project will provide industry, regulators, and certifiers a knowledge base, monitoring approaches and modelling tools needed to improve freshwater salmonid production. This will allow enhanced approaches to environmental management of this essential, but overlooked, part of the salmonid production process to support finfish health and welfare, by better disease management, and unlock additional or maximize use of existing freshwater capacity.

Description of Duties

  • Collate and analysing data as a baseline indicator of long-term environmental change
  • Develop catchment management models using a Geographic Information System (GIS)
  • Develop water flow box-models within lakes to show interactions between difference areas or compartments
  • Help to develop risk maps for individual lakes, showing which areas for siting of fish cages has least risk of health and welfare and nutrient capacity issues
  • Help to establish a new protocol to highlight improved environmental sampling requirements and data needs for water and land use
  • Disseminating project results
  • Publications and presentations

Essential Criteria

  • A PhD in a relevant discipline
  • Extensive experience spatial environmental modelling
  • Evidence of self-motivation and the ability to work independently
  • Evidence of being able to work as part of a team
  • Evidence of working in and carrying out field sampling
  • Evidence of good administrative and project management skills
  • Evidence of excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Good computing skills, including statistical and data handling packages
  • Excellent time management skills including ability to prioritise workload

Key Competencies and Attributes

  • Excellent inter-personal and communication skills and the
  • Ability to work both independently and in a team 
  • The successful candidate is expected to be a competent computer user and be familiar with modelling software, statistical and data handling packages

Desirable Criteria

  • Ideally have held at least one prior postdoctoral research position, or equivalent experience
  • Experience in catchment and river/lake modelling
  • Experience in writing papers for publication and report-writing
  • UK compatible driving licence

Behaviours and Competencies

The role holder will be required to evidence that they can meet the qualities associated with the following behavioural competencies, as detailed within the AUA Competency Framework.

  1. Managing self and personal skills
    Being aware of your own behaviour and mindful of how it impacts on others, enhancing personal skills to adapt professional practice accordingly.
  2. Delivering excellent service
    Providing the best quality service to external and internal clients. Building genuine and open long-term relationships in order to drive up service standards.
  3. Finding solutions
    Taking a holistic view and working enthusiastically to analyse problems and to develop workable solutions. Identifying opportunities for innovation.
  4. Embracing change
    Being open to and engaging with new ideas and ways of working. Adjusting to unfamiliar situations, shifting demands and changing roles.
  5. Using resources effectively
    Identifying and making the most productive use of resources including people, time, information, networks and budgets.
  6. Engaging with the wider context
    Enhancing your contribution to the organisation through an understanding of the bigger picture and showing commitment to organisational values.
  7. Developing self and others
    Showing commitment to own ongoing professional development. Supporting and encouraging others to develop their professional knowledge, skills and behaviours to enable them to reach their full potential.
  8. Working together
    Working collaboratively with others in order to achieve objectives. Recognising and valuing the different contributions people bring to this process.
  9. Achieving Results
    Consistently meeting agreed objectives and success criteria. Taking personal responsibility for getting things done.

About Us

The Faculty of Natural Sciences (FNS) encompasses the Divisions of Biological and Environmental Sciences, Computing Science and Mathematics, Psychology and the Institute of Aquaculture. FNS is a distinctive academic arena where new fundamental understandings of the complex and challenging inter-relationships between human behaviours, technologies, biological and environmental systems are created, explored and tested. Results of REF2014 confirmed that 75% of our research is world leading and internationally excellent. It is supported through UK Research Councils, European Union and a range of research charities We work with businesses and public service organisations both at home and overseas to achieve direct and positive outcomes for society across a range of critical problems. Recent success in the 2018 City deal is leading to a substantial investment in new infrastructure linked to the Faculty including a £17 million investment for a new Institute of Aquaculture and Global Aquatic Food Security facility and a £5 million investment for Scotland’s International Environment Centre.

Institute of Aquaculture

Established in 1971, the Institute of Aquaculture (IoA) is the leading international centre in its field and the largest of its kind in the world. The Institute of Aquaculture has research and teaching facilities on campus including temperate and tropical aquaria. Off campus, at Buckieburn, the IoA has its freshwater research facility and, at Machrihanish on the Kintyre peninsula, its marine research facility. The entire Institute brings together cross-disciplinary, world class researchers in breeding and physiology, genomics and selection, nutrition, emerging aquatic diseases, immunology, parasitology, welfare and behaviour, environmental management, society and technology, and policy and governance our research and training focuses on critical questions relating to strategies for sustainable aquaculture.

The University

The University of Stirling is a leading UK teaching and research-intensive university, created by Royal Charter in 1967. Since its foundation, the University has embraced its role as an innovative, intellectual and cultural institution with a pioneering spirit and a passion for excellence in all that it does.

In 2016, the University launched its current Strategic Plan (2016-2021), with targets to: be one of the top 25 universities in the UK; increase income by ÂŁ50 million; enhance its research profile by 100 per cent; and ensure internationalisation is at the heart of everything it does.

With three-quarters of its research ranked world-leading and internationally-excellent (Research Excellence Framework 2014), the University’s groundbreaking, interdisciplinary research makes a difference to society and has a positive impact on communities worldwide. Stirling’s research is making a positive impact on people’s health, education and wellbeing, with key strengths across our research themes of: Cultures, Communities and Society; Global Security and Resilience; and Living Well. The University collaborates with international governments and policymakers, businesses, industry, and charitable organisations, to tackle and provide solutions to some of the toughest global societal challenges.

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The University offers great benefits such as generous annual leave and membership of the Universities Superannuation Scheme. Additionally staff can benefit from a reduced membership rate at the University’s excellent Sport Centre facilities.

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3 days remaining

Apply by 2 December, 2021