Lyell Research Fellowship in ‘Fisheries, conservation, and sustainable use of seafood’

Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh (GB)
£32,817 – £49,553
Sep 24, 2019
End of advertisement period
Oct 23, 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Lyell Research Fellowship in ‘Fisheries, conservation, and sustainable use of seafood’

Location:             Based at Riccarton Campus in Edinburgh

Contract:             Initially 36 months leading to permanent appointment

Salary:                  £32,817 – £49,553 (salary dependent on experience and qualifications) 

Closing Date:     Midnight on Wednesday 23 October 2019

Interview date: To be confirmed

Reference:         IRC24130

Heriot-Watt University, The Times International University of the Year 2018, has established a reputation for world-class teaching and practical, leading-edge research, which has made it one of the top UK universities for business and industry.

Heriot-Watt University and The Lyell Centre wish to build on their existing marine expertise by strengthening the area of ‘fisheries conservation and sustainable seafood’. Wild capture fisheries make a significant contribution (c. £1 Billion per annum) to the Scottish blue economy. Scotland has a progressive approach to the use, management and conservation of its marine environment. This is further enabled through innovation centres and bodies that bridge the gap between academia, industry and Government (e.g. Fisheries Innovation Scotland), providing unique opportunities for collaboration. Following the appointment of Professor Michel Kaiser as a Bicentennial Research Leader and Chief Scientist, Heriot-Watt University is committed to investing in building critical mass in the area of seafood sustainability. This appointment is one in a series of planned appointments. We are particularly keen to attract candidates whose research spans a number of disciplines and who have demonstrable experience of working with international groups and different stakeholders, and applying their research to policy problems, exemplified by the list of policy research opportunities below:

  1. Small-scale fisheries
  2. Marine conservation
  3. Seafood resilience
  4. Seafood integrity and provenance

The outlined research areas are not comprehensive, and we welcome applications from candidates working in other areas who can indicate how they would interact and collaborate within Heriot-Watt University, more broadly with Scottish universities and other institutions, and at an international level, and would strengthen the ‘Blue Economy’ area within Heriot-Watt University.

The successful candidate will develop their own unique area of research, but will also contribute to promoting the ‘Blue Economy’ agenda of Heriot-Watt University. To that end, they will be mentored by Professor Kaiser who will ensure that they are fully integrated into the Scottish, UK and international policy arena.

Applicants must have an excellent record of high-quality publications and grant capture commensurate with their experience. Candidates should possess excellent team working and communication skills. Previous teaching experience, a strong commitment to the student experience, and evidence of innovation in teaching delivery at undergraduate and postgraduate levels is required and commensurate with the candidates’ career stage.

The successful applicants will have a first degree in a cognate discipline, for example Marine Science, Marine Resource Management, Marine Geography, Computer Science, Economics, Social Sciences or similar and research experience, and a PhD, relevant to the research areas listed above. Applicants should emphasise how their research could interface with other discipline areas at Heriot-Watt University, and how their research would address national, UK and international agendas.

For more information about the role and to apply, please visit our website.

Embracing diversity at Heriot-Watt University means we can select from the broadest pool to find the best person for the job – we encourage you to apply.