Assistant Professor, Marine Resource Management

Stromness, United Kingdom
10 Jul 2019
End of advertisement period
11 Aug 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

Closing date 11 Aug 2019 23:00 (UK time)
Salary £32,236–£48,677 (Grade 7)
Location Orkney
Department Institute for Life and Earth Sciences, School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society
Category Academic
Status Full Time

Organization Name        Institute for Life and Earth Sciences, School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society

About Heriot-Watt University

Heriot-Watt University has five campuses: three in the UK (Edinburgh, Scottish Borders and Orkney), one in Dubai and one in Malaysia. The University offers a highly distinctive range of degree programmes in the specialist areas of science, engineering, design, business and languages.

With a history dating back to 1821, Heriot-Watt University 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. We connect with industry at every level and develop programmes to match their needs – so employers get work-ready industry-fit graduates.

Heriot-Watt is also Scotland's most international university, boasting the largest international student cohort.

We have an established set of values that help us to nurture innovation and leadership, and show our commitment to continuous improvement and development in all our activities.

For full details on our University please view our Careers at Heriot-Watt http://www.hw.ac.uk/about/careers-at-heriot-watt.htm

About our Team

The School of Energy Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society (EGIS) is seeking applications for the post of Lecturer in Marine Resource Management.  The successful applicant will join the Institute of Life and Earth Sciences (ILES) within EGIs and will be based at the International Centre for Island Technology (ICIT), located at Heriot-Watt’s Orkney campus.   ICIT is a multidisciplinary research and postgraduate teaching center which has been based in Orkney for thirty years.  ICIT’s research focuses on the management of coastal and island resources.  Orkney is recognized as a world leading location for research, innovation and demonstration in the fields of marine energy, marine planning and resource management.   This post offers a unique and exciting opportunity to work with university colleagues, in Orkney, Edinburgh and Malaysia, as well as engaging with local business and stakeholder groups.

EGIS is the host school for ICIT in the University. It is one of the UK’s leading institutions for multidisciplinary research and teaching in areas critical to economic development and societal equity.  It aims to attain excellence in the teaching of the core disciplines that contribute to a sustainable, resource and energy efficient society and are committed to undertaking high value, high impact research and knowledge transfer in topics of relevance to global challenges.

The main part of the school enjoys extensive facilities in modern, purpose-built accommodation on the Edinburgh campus. In the summer of 2019, the Orkney Campus and ICIT will move into their new building on the Orkney Research and Innovation Campus in Stromness.   EGIS facilities in Dubai and Malaysia are contained within purpose-built campuses in Dubai Academic City and Putrajaya, respectively.

Heriot-Watt University has been named International University of the Year by the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018.


The School’s undergraduate teaching on our Edinburgh campus covers biology, geography, planning, civil and structural engineering, architectural engineering, construction project management, quantity surveying, geography, urban studies, and interior design.  On our Dubai campus we teach civil & structural engineering, architectural engineering, architecture, construction management, quantity surveying and interior design.  On our Malaysia campus we teach civil engineering, construction project management, quantity surveying and petroleum engineering.  We offer a high quality educational experience underpinned by practical and laboratory teaching, and informed by contact with professional practice.  Most of our degree programmes hold the appropriate accreditation from the relevant professional body.  This educational philosophy ensures excellent employment prospects for all of our graduates.

Programmes of postgraduate study are aligned to the expertise contained in each of our research institutes. Our postgraduate students therefore benefit from state-of-the-art knowledge in their chosen study area.  You can find further information about the School’s postgraduate programmes at https://www.hw.ac.uk/schools/energy-geoscience-infrastructure-society/postgraduate-programmes.htm


The School is one of the leading research centres in the UK. It has sustained a high reputation for the international standing of its research over two decades.

Research within the School is organised into six Institutes:   https://www.hw.ac.uk/schools/energy-geoscience-infrastructure-society/research.htm  

  • Institute of Life and Earth Sciences (ILES)
  • The Urban Institute (TUI)
  • Institute of Petroleum Engineering (IPE)
  • Institute for Infrastructure and Environment (IIE)
  • Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Building Design (CESBD)
  • Institute for Social Policy, Housing, Equalities Research (I-SPHERE)

All academic staff based on the Orkney, Edinburgh and Dubai campuses contribute to the research activities of one of our Institutes.

These Institutes support a wide range of research activities of relevance to a sustainable, resource and energy efficient society. Institute staff undertake research funded by research councils, charitable foundations, local and national government. Research outcomes are published in leading international and national journals and key findings are widely disseminated through other media and forms of output.

The Institute for Life and Earth Sciences (ILES) undertakes multidisciplinary research in the areas of Environmental Sustainability, Marine Biology, Health and Food Science, based both in Edinburgh and at the International Centre for Island Technology (ICIT) in the Orkney Isles. ICIT is internationally recognized for its research, training and consultancy in renewable energy, marine science and environmental resources.  Further information can be obtained at - https://www.hw.ac.uk/schools/energy-geoscience-infrastructure-society/iles.htm

Detailed Description

This vacancy is an exciting opportunity for an early/mid-career academic in the broad field of marine resource management. Specifically, duties of the post will involve teaching and research. Teaching will be primarily at post-graduate level (MSc), including supervision of MSc projects, but may also be at undergraduate level. The appointed candidate is expected to apply for funding and develop and active research portfolio and activity, including the supervision of PhD students and the publication of scientific manuscripts. This is a unique opportunity to work in a small multidisciplinary team, located with a flourishing island community which finds itself at the cutting edge of marine research and resource management, especially in renewable energy.  You will also join a large group of academics working in marine science across Heriot-Watt’s campuses in Edinburgh, Dubai and Malaysia as well as Orkney. Heriot-Watt is a research focused University with a truly global footprint. The post will be based at the International Centre for Island Technology (ICIT) on Heriot-Watt University’s Orkney Campus.  However the successful applicant will work with colleagues in Edinburgh and our campus in Malaysia.

This job offers a unique opportunity to:

  • Work with a multidisciplinary team of marine experts
  • Live and work in a very special location with opportunities for travel and international research
  • Teach marine resource management to an international group of postgraduate students on campus and online

ICIT is a specialist postgraduate teaching and research centre which focuses on the management of coastal and island resources. The successful candidate should have a strong track record of research in marine resources and their management.  We are particularly interested in candidates with expertise in marine governance, the allocation of marine resources and the ‘Blue Economy’.  We also welcome applications from candidates with more general marine science background, particularly with research interests focusing on resource use and environment/economy interactions. Candidates with a wider background in marine sciences are also welcome to apply. The successful candidate will take a leading role in the development and delivery of innovative teaching and research in an area of their interest that fits well with the scope and remit of ICIT, considering the interactions with colleagues based in Orkney, Edinburgh and other Heriot-Watt campuses.

There are a number of exciting opportunities associated with this post.  Heriot-Watt University is known for its research-informed course delivery and the global multi-campus education it provides.  ICIT delivers postgraduate teaching to a multinational cohort of students. Ideally the successful applicant will have a background in marine geography, marine science or related fields and be expected to deliver postgraduate level courses in marine planning and environmental management. This teaching is also offered at our campuses in Edinburgh and Malaysia.  It is essential that the candidate is comfortable working as part of a multidisciplinary team, across campuses and working in an online environment.

Orkney has some of the most ecologically diverse and intensively used sea areas in the UK.   The fishing industry, marine energy technology, oil and gas, marine conservation, aquaculture and tourism all compete for sea space.  This has made Orkney a focus of international attention and a test bed for trialling new forms of marine governance. This has a relevance to coastal communities globally. ICIT forms part of a cluster of local businesses and stakeholder groups involved in marine research and consultancy.  This activity spans testing of wave and tidal energy devices (European Marine Energy Centre); environmental consultancies (e.g. Aquatera; Xodus); and community groups (e.g. Orkney Sustainable Fisheries) as well as local authority marine planners.  This cluster of activity provides a unique opportunity for industry collaborations around research and teaching.  The successful candidate must be prepared to engage with external organisations taking an active role in Orkney’s maritime community.

While Orkney provides an exciting ‘living laboratory’, candidates will be expected to show the international relevance of their expertise.  The ability to link research interests to international agendas like GCRF and UN sustainable development goals is essential. Candidates with experience of multi-institutional work or who can demonstrate participation in international research networks will be looked upon favourably.

Heriot-Watt is a research intensive university, with the School of Energy, Geoscience, Infrastructure and Society achieving world-leading status in the UK's Research Excellence Framework (REF) exercise of 2014.  The successful candidate will be expected to make a substantive contribution to the next research assessment process.  This is an exciting time to join an already successful team.  The role is particularly appropriate for applicants with an interest in socio-economic aspects of marine governance.  However applications are also encouraged from candidates with research interests in environmental, particularly marine energy technologies.  A working knowledge of GIS would be highly advantageous.

Applicants must have a good record of high quality publications and 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 highly desirable.  Ideally the candidate will be a graduate in marine science, geography or environmental science with a doctorate in a marine resource management or closely related field.  However candidates falling outside these parameters may be considered if they have relevant experience and knowledge.

This is a permanent post subject to three year probationary period, in accordance with University regulations.

Please note that this job description is not exhaustive, and the role holder may be required to undertake other relevant duties commensurate with the grading of the post.  Activities may be subject to amendment over time as the role develops and/or priorities and requirements evolve.

An appointment will be made at either Grade 7 (£32,236-£39,609) or Grade 8 (£40,792-£48,677) depending on the skills and experience of the successful candidate.

Living and Working in Orkney

The post is located in Orkney working from a purpose built building on the Orkney Innovation and Research Campus in the town of Stromness.

The Campus is shared with other businesses working in marine related science and technology (e.g. EMEC and Aquatera).  Stromness is home to a thriving community of researchers and professionals working in the fields of marine science and renewable energy.  In addition to professional life, Orkney has excellent sports facilities and a thriving arts culture.  Orkney has repeatedly been identified as one of the best places to live in the UK, and in some rankings THE best. All interests are well catered for and families will find good schools at all levels. The islands are home to several internationally famous festivals including the St Magnus Music and Arts Festival in the summer and the Science Festival in the autumn. We recommend looking at www.orkney.com which provides information about Orkney and its economy, housing, leisure, education, health and environment.

Key duties and responsibilities

The successful appointee will be expected to undertake the following:

Research and Knowledge Exchange

  • Identify and develop their own research agenda, focussing on research that is valuable and relevant to government, society and industry;
  • Identify sources of funding for research, then successfully win funding through submission of effective proposals and support production of proposals elsewhere within the School as appropriate;
  • Regularly publish high impact research findings in recognised industry-leading journals; share findings at conferences and within the School
  • Further disseminate research activity using an appropriate range of media for example through external reports, conference presentations, exhibitions of research activity or via short courses for knowledge transfer;
  • Recruit and supervise PhD students through to successful qualification and supervise MSc student projects.

Learning and Teaching

  • Undertake teaching duties in relation to courses appropriate to your area of expertise (e.g. through practical sessions, lectures, seminars, tutorials, field trips) on the Edinburgh campus and at overseas campuses and Approved Learning Partners, where required;
  • Contribute to the continued development of postgraduate studies in consultation with the Director of Studies;
  • Undertake scholarly activity related to the effective delivery of the curriculum and maintain the level of your subject expertise in line with the latest developments in the field;
  • Contribute to the design and delivery of the curriculum in consultation with colleagues and within the structures and mechanisms established by the School and University;
  • Conduct assessment and moderation across the discipline area, ensuring this is rigorous, fair and clear and undertaken within the policies established by the School and University;
  • Be responsible for providing effective, well documented and timely feedback, both formative and summative, to students;
  • Contribute to the monitoring of the quality of learning and teaching through course monitoring and to contribute to quality management and enhancement activities across the programme, School and University;
  • Design, prepare and develop a range of learning materials appropriate to the subject area in support of teaching;
  • Disseminate the development of good learning and teaching practice  
  • Provide appropriate pastoral support recognising the varied cultural backgrounds of the student cohort;
  • Stay abreast of developments in education and ensure that these developments are reflected in the evolution of the learning and teaching methods employed on the programme;
  • Interact with staff within and outside the School to support the development of the discipline;
  • Develop productive working relationships with other members of staff to facilitate effective team working for benefit of the subject area.

Academic Management and Administration

  • Undertake administrative tasks associated with programme planning, preparation for examination and progression boards, course development teams etc;
  • Engage with the team working and working with others to the benefit of the School and the University;
  • Contribute to the effective recruitment, admission and induction to the courses with which you are involved, ensuring compliance with the School and University targets. This will include involvement in School and University open days and interview processes;
  • Monitor student number targets;
  • Contribute to the resource planning for the academic year;
  • Participate as a member of the appropriate committees as required;
  • Devise income generating activities including assisting with raising sponsorship as well as other activities that will raise the profile of the School’s programmes;
  • Represent the School effectively in both the national and international context.

Please note that this job description is not exhaustive, and the role holder may be required to undertake other relevant duties commensurate with the grading of the post.  Activities may be subject to amendment over time as the role develops and/or priorities and requirements evolve.  A flexible working schedule may be required to meet all key duties and responsibilities.  

Education, qualifications and experience


  • First degree in a cognate discipline, for example Marine Science, Marine Resource Management, Marine Geography or similar
  • A clear personal research focus aligned to the areas of interest of ICIT, ILES and the wider School
  • Evidence of vision, drive and determination to succeed
  • Confident and outgoing attitude
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Interest to operate at the cross-disciplinary boundaries of ecology, natural resources, planning, engineering, economics, or similar.
  • Demonstrably excellent oral and written communication skills


  • Knowledge and experience in the field of marine governance or marine environment technology interactions
  • Research experience, ideally PhD, in marine resource management or a cognate discipline
  • Experience or knowledge of GIS and its application in a marine context.
  • Experience of teaching in a higher education environment
  • Experience in or at least an enthusiasm for novel pedagogical approaches
  • A developing track record in teaching innovation
  • Relevant industrial experience

How To Apply

Applications can be submitted up to midnight (UK time) on Sunday 11th August 2019.

At Heriot-Watt University we understand that being diverse makes us better which is why we support a culture of respect and equal opportunity, and value diversity at the heart of what we do. We want to increase the diversity of our workplace to underpin a dynamic and creative environment.

We welcome and will consider flexible working patterns e.g. part-time working and job share options.

Use our total rewards calculator: https://www.hw.ac.uk/about/work/total-rewards-calculator.htm to see the value of benefits provided by Heriot-Watt University.

For more information about working at Heriot-Watt University:  https://www.hw.ac.uk/about/work-for-heriot-watt.htm

Informal enquiries should be directed to Dr Sandy Kerr, Director ICIT, s.kerr@hw.ac.uk