Senior Lecturer/ Associate Professor in Aquaculture

University of Stirling

Stirling, UK 🇬🇧

Post Details

Full time, Open ended

The closing date for applications is midnight on Monday 11 July 2022
Interviews are expected to take place on Thursday 01 September 2022

There is an expectation that work will be undertaken in the UK. 

For the purposes of sponsorship, this is a postdoctoral role under SOC code 2311.

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 University of Stirling is seeking to appoint a Senior Lecturer / Assoc Prof in Aquaculture Ecology and resource management within its world-leading Institute of Aquaculture (IoA). This appointment comes at an exciting time for an individual who wants to help shape our ambitious strategic plan and new state-of-the-art facilities under development. Our research ranked first in the UK for impact in the REF2021 for Agriculture, Veterinary and Food Science. The IoA recently won the coveted Queen’s Anniversary Prize for global impact of its research into sustainable food security and we hold an Athena Swan Bronze award in recognition of our approach to Equality Diversity and Inclusion.

Significant government investment, our research excellence and exciting vision combine to present an outstanding opportunity for an effective academic leader to maximise these opportunities and lead in our research on the next stage of its journey.

The position in Aquaculture, ecology and resource management encompasses river and marine ecology, population management, physiology, adaptation and farm-natural stock interactions including conservation and management, stock assessment and tracking, health monitoring, genetic/genomic characterisation, and farming systems or a closely related field. They will contribute to and develop an ambitious research strategy that maps on to the current focus of UKRI and international funding opportunities for environmental sustainability for blue foods, systems interaction and specifically sustainable and resilient aquaculture production preserving natural ecosystems.

The successful applicants must have a track record or demonstrated potential to secure significant external funding and experience in collaborating with colleagues from different research and technical specialisms, and the wider local, national and international academic, industry and conservation communities. In addition, applicants are expected to have a practical experience working with fish, shellfish or crustacean species with demonstrable expertise with salmonid fish.

The IoA is contributing to positioning the University of Stirling as a Global Leader in providing transformative solutions for a sustainable expansion of the aquaculture sector, improving the health and sustainability of aquatic ecosystems with climate smart aquaculture and precision technology. The new position will play a vital role in achieving this goal and that of wider goals such as the UN SDG 14 Life below water. Research on interactions between wild and cultured aquatic species, environmental impact and conservation across a range of innovative systems and technologies is critical to achieve these goals.   

The post holder will be expected to deliver internationally excellent publications, contributions to Impact Case Studies for the next REF period and contribute to co-creating a strong research culture. Similarly, they will be expected to develop and deliver high quality teaching and supervision to UGs, PGTs and PGRs in their specialist area. It is also expected they will secure grants to support research and a healthy pipeline of PDRAs, providing mentorship to junior academic colleagues to develop the next generation of exceptional scientists.

Description of Duties

Please see attached for duties.

Essential Criteria

Senior Lecturer:


  • PhD in relevant discipline

Knowledge, Skills & Experience

  • Established track record of high quality published research
  • Evidence of success in attracting research grants/external funding and delivering on externally funded research projects
  • Experience of supervising dissertation projects across the range of undergraduate/ postgraduate and of supervising doctoral students
  • Experience of providing high quality teaching across a range of programmes at undergraduate and postgraduate level preferably including online/digital programmes
  • Proven experience of programme leadership including experience of designing and delivering course modules
  • Experience of providing academic leadership and of successful co-ordination, support, supervision, management and/or mentoring of others
  • Evidence or knowledge to support international activities

Associate Professor


  • PhD in relevant discipline
  • Higher Education teaching qualification or equivalent

Knowledge, Skills & Experience

  • A track record of publication in peer-reviewed journals to levels of outstanding international excellence and a strong REF profile
  • A record of securing research grants / external funding and delivering on research projects
  • A significant record of attracting and supervising research students
  • Experience of delivering high quality, inspirational and motivational teaching at undergraduate and postgraduate levels preferably including online/digital programmes
  • Extensive knowledge of issues and challenges facing universities in such areas as curriculum design, course assessment, quality assurance, enhanced student experience and unregulated income generation
  • Demonstrated academic leadership in research and teaching and learning
  • Evidence of developing internal and external networks with the ability to instigate activity

Desirable Criteria

Senior Lecturer


  • Higher Education teaching qualification or equivalent.
  • Hold Fellowship or Senior Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (HEA)

Knowledge, Skills & Experience

  • Evidence of collaborative research with other institutions and interdisciplinary work
  • Demonstrates a thorough understanding of effective approaches to teaching and learning support as a key contribution to high quality student learning
  • Evidence of knowledge of theHigher Education context and regulatory framework

Associate Professor

Knowledge, Skills & Experience

  • Experience of undertaking a senior academic management role within the Faculty

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 REF2021 confirmed that 80% 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

Ranked among the UK’s 40 best universities in the Complete University Guide, the University of Stirling is committed to providing education with a purpose and carrying out research which has a positive impact on communities across the globe – addressing real issues, providing solutions and helping to shape society. Stirling is 4th in Scotland and 43rd in the UK for research impact, with 87% of its research having an outstanding or very considerable impact on society – and more than 80% rated either world leading or internationally excellent (Research Excellence Framework 2021). Interdisciplinary in its approach, Stirling’s research informs its teaching curriculum and facilitates opportunities for knowledge exchange and collaboration between staff, students, industry partners and the wider community.

The University of Stirling is ranked among the top 20 UK universities for student satisfaction (National Student Survey) and top 10 in the UK for postgraduate student experience (Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey), and has an overall five-star rating in the QS Stars University Ratings.

More than 17,000 students study with the University of Stirling globally, with over 120 nationalities represented on its scenic central Scotland campus alone. The campus – also home to 1,700 staff – has its own loch and castle, and a recent multi-million-pound redevelopment has delivered modern, flexible, and digitally connected study and social spaces at the heart of campus, including enhanced student support and retail and catering outlets.

The University has twice been recognised with a Queen’s Anniversary Prize – the first for its Institute for Social Marketing and Health (2014) and the second for its Institute of Aquaculture (2019). Stirling is Scotland’s University for Sporting Excellence and its recently redeveloped world-class facilities provide the perfect training environment for the University’s sports scholars – many of whom compete at the highest level, including at the Olympics and Commonwealth Games – and for students, staff, and the wider community.

As a signatory to the £214 million Stirling and Clackmannanshire City Region Deal, the University is driving productivity and inclusive growth across the Forth Valley, and beyond. Through pioneering collaborative solutions to global challenges, researchers are putting innovation, skills, and partnership at the heart of a sustainable economic recovery. @stiruni

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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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