Senior Lecturer in Aquaculture

Townsville, Australia
09 May 2019
End of advertisement period
02 Jun 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Position Overview

The Senior Lecturer, Aquaculture aims to consolidate JCU’s teaching and research expertise in the marine sciences. Particular emphasis of the position will be in teaching and research activities that are aligned with the University’s strategic intent to build a sustainable future for people and industries in the tropics. The incumbent will build an international profile in aquaculture nutrition with a particular focus on tropical aquaculture species.

The Senior Lecturer will be an emerging or accomplished scientist with proven connections to external stakeholders, industry and the wider community. The incumbent will have a strong track record relevant to opportunity of (i) publishing research in high quality journals; (ii) attracting industry/stakeholder leveraged research funding; (iii) supervising or training HDR students; and (iv) teaching in aquaculture sciences.

The Senior Lecturer will have research skills with emphasis in the fields of aquaculture nutrition, aquatic physiology and their possible application to aquaculture.

Organisational Charts

James Cook University

Division of Tropical Environments and Societies

College of Science and Engineering

Principal Accountabilities

  1. Prepare and deliver into undergraduate and postgraduate programs and be responsible for subject and/or course co-ordination activities
  2. Develop an active research program as an individual, and in collaboration with students and other researchers, through successful grant applications to government, non- government organizations and/or industry.
  3. Supervise post-graduate students and teach relevant aquaculture science content in undergraduate and graduate programs at JCU as directed.
  4. Contribute to the management of university business through active participation on committees at Academic Group and College Levels as directed.
  5. Enhance the visibility and reputation of JCU through active participation in public outreach activities as an individual and through participation in events organised by JCU.
  6. Communicate the results of research orally and in written form to colleagues, industry, the scientific research community and other stakeholders.
  7. Support the University's commitment to the principles of reconciliation, which exemplify respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage and the valuing of justice and equity for all Australians.
  8. Demonstrate a commitment to the University values.
  9. Support the principles of the TropEco program and engage in commitment to JCU sustainability goals and objectives.

Generic Accountabilities

There are generic responsibilities that apply to all James Cook University staff.

  1. The Senior Lecturer - Aquaculture is required to observe the lawful and reasonable directions, policies and decisions of the University Council, understand and comply with the Enterprise Agreement, the Statutes and Rules of the University, the policies and decisions of the University Council and other appropriate University authorities, as in force from time to time.
  2. The Senior Lecturer - Aquaculture is required to demonstrate a personal commitment to ensure personal safety and the safety of others and contribute to the continuous improvement of our WHS performance. This includes the effective implementation and compliance with James Cook University WHS policies, procedures and safe systems of work, together with all relevant legislation, duties and obligations. Contribute to the continuous improvement of our WHS performance.
  3. The Senior Lecturer - Aquaculture is required to exercise proper discretion in all matters affecting the well-being of the University which involve public writing or speaking in accordance with the University’s Code of Conduct.

Selection Criteria

Selection and appointments will be assessed against selection criteria.


  1. PhD qualification in aquaculture nutrition or related area relevant to the position.
  2. Outstanding research record and scholarship at an international level, in an area related to animal nutrition with a focus on aquaculture.
  3. Capacity in attracting research grants and/or consultancies, with a demonstrated ability to efficiently organise and conduct research projects, and conduct collaborative, multidisciplinary research within diverse teams.
  4. Experience in University teaching at undergraduate and post-graduate levels, graduate student management and post-graduate supervision.
  5. Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain effective relations with colleagues in an academic environment and with people from diverse backgrounds
  6. Demonstrated advanced written, oral and interpersonal communication skills and the ability to engage with government bodies, industries and communities.


  1. Sound understanding of aquaculture systems, particularly related to tropical aquaculture