Professor / Reader in Global Dairy Systems

Edinburgh, City of Edinburgh (GB)
03 Oct 2018
End of advertisement period
01 Nov 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Professorial Grade 
Ref: R/FFS/082/18 

SRUC is unique in Scotland and one of the largest organisations of its kind in Europe.  Our ambitious and exciting vision is to work at local, national and international levels, leading innovation and sustainable development in agriculture and rural sectors. 

SRUC wishes to expand its activities in dairy teaching, research, and consultancy - supporting new initiatives both in the UK and internationally as part of the Edinburgh node of the Centre for Tropical Livestock Genetics and Health (CTLGH) a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation funded initiative.

A brief summary of the role is shown below. A fuller job description for each is available for download from our website. 

Professor (or Reader) in Global Dairy Systems – Dumfries: 

This post is created as part of SRUC’s a strategy for expansion of dairy teaching, research, and consultancy in the South-West faculty. It runs alongside consolidation and renewal of dairy facilities and new initiatives to align our work with the modern industrial strategy and global challenges funding. 

Dairy is a key industry for South-West Scotland and this essential role will enable the provision of strong support for farmers, dairy businesses and both consultants and teaching within SRUC in South West Scotland and provides large opportunities to project UK dairy science internationally – both through promoting Agritech solutions in developed countries and innovating to support dairy systems in developing countries.

We have current project links in Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi and Zambia, with a portfolio of projects and studentships funded through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. This appointment will enable the consolidation of current activity and the development of new opportunities and will be a key link to all SRUC activity related to the CTLGH including working closely with CTLGH dairy genetics posts in Edinburgh.


  • Developing and leading an externally-funded programme of research on dairy systems.
  • Leading international engagement in dairy systems – the primary objective is to build on current project links and grow a high-profile programme supporting the development of dairy systems in Sub-Saharan Africa and extending that to India. 
  • The focus for dairy systems work in the UK will be linked to research and KE as part of a recently-commenced INTER-REG network of dairy research and innovation centres in the Atlantic region of Europe (‘Dairy-4-Future’).
  • Contributing to teaching and the development of courses/training– with a particular focus on opportunities to deliver distance learning internationally.
  • Supporting the work of other dairy researchers, particularly those looking at components of dairy systems.
  • Supervising the work of PhD students.
  • Contributing to the planning and development of new dairy research facilities.
  • Contributing to the overall management of the Dairy Research and Innovation Centre.

Experience & Qualifications required 

Applicants will hold a PhD or have equivalent research experience in a relevant discipline. To be appointed at professorial; level candidates should have an international profile in a relevant discipline, with sustained delivery of innovation and eminent research in the field. A track record of successful grant applications and high-quality publications is essential.

The applicant will also have demonstrated academic leadership and will be responsible for developing strategic links across the SRUC and beyond that supplement our strengths and increase our standing as a teaching and research institution.

The closing date for all applications is midnight on 1 November 2018.