Research Fellow / Senior Lecturer: Agroecological Approaches to Land Management Systems

Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire (GB)
£36,413 - £40,129 per annum
30 Oct 2019
End of advertisement period
28 Nov 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time


Fixed Term
£36,413 - £40,129 per annum                 
Ref: ANF/E/040/19

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.

The vision for Research and Teaching in SRUC is to be a leading and go-to institution, nationally and internationally, for teaching and conducting applied research to enhance the rural economy and environment. In addition to normal expectations of teaching and research quality, we expect our teaching and research to be relevant to a problem area where there is a real end-user need. Our programmes are tailored to emphasise, as the dominant theme, end-user pull whilst maintaining a strong spirit of innovation.

Our Northern faculty operates across 3 campuses (SRUC Aberdeen, Inverness and Cupar). We are working with partners to secure investment in state-of-the-art facilities for teaching, research and development within our Northern faculty. We are keen to expand our existing expertise in sustainable, systems based approaches to land management in arable, mixed and grassland systems. The Agrifood Systems Section, led by Professor Christine Watson,  currently focuses on soil and nutrient management, development of crop and pasture mixtures, crop rotation design, and the integration of legumes in farming systems.

This new post will drive research on the development of arable and mixed farming systems that are able to balance food and nutritional security with the delivery of other desirable ecosystem services in a changing climate. Candidates with a background in crop physiology or agroecology are particularly welcome.

We are looking for someone keen to develop inter-disciplinary approaches and collaborate with existing areas of expertise in SRUC including crop genetics, livestock production and socio-economics. We are interested in participatory research approaches and work closely with stakeholders both locally and internationally to develop practical agroecological approaches to land management. The post-holder will also contribute to teaching of crop and soil science and to our MSc in Organic Farming.

The holder of the position is expected to:
• Develop and lead a strong research programme on cropping systems with internationally recognized and successful research, including supporting junior colleagues
• Grow research funding from national and international sources
• Publish in international journals
• Develop and maintain national and international networks and collaborations with academia and relevant stakeholders
• Lead, develop and participate in teaching and supervision of students at undergraduate and master’s levels
• Actively participate in the supervision and training of PhD students
• contribute to strategic development of research and education at department and faculty levels
• Play an active role in knowledge exchange
• Work with SAC Consulting colleagues to develop and implement new concepts and approaches – again nationally and internationally.

Experience & Qualifications Required:
• A sound understanding of contemporary cropping systems
• PhD in a relevant subject such as agronomy, soil science, crop science, agroecology
• Good teaching skills and experience of supervising MSc and PhD students
• Proven ability to obtain external research funding
• Excellent publication record
• Excellent communication skills

This role is fixed term for 24 months.

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Closing date: 28/11/2019