Senior Lecturer in Marine Biology

Requisition ID:  25578

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Open Ended
Working Pattern:  Full Time
Posted Date:  24 May 2023


Salary: £54,421 to £57,723 per annum


Newcastle University is a great place to work, with excellent benefits. We have a generous holiday package; plus the opportunity to buy more, great pension schemes and a number of health and wellbeing initiatives to support you.


Closing Date: 25 June 2023



The Role


This an exciting opportunity for an ambitious marine biologist/ecologist to join our well-established marine science research and teaching community. You will be expected to conduct world-leading research and to deliver research-led teaching in the School of Natural and Environmental Sciences (SNES). 


We welcome applications from any area of marine biology/ecology. Example areas including, but are not limited to: marine zoology, fish biology/ecology, conservation and biodiversity, molecular biology/ecology. Newcastle University has a rich heritage in undertaking marine science research and is one of the few UK universities with its own marine station (Dove Marine Laboratory). 


You will be joining an ambitious and collegiate group of marine scientists, as well as interacting with colleagues from a wide range of disciplines within SNES.


The School is involved in a number of DTPs and CDTs (e.g. NERC One Planet, IAPETUS2) in these research areas ensuring ready access to PhD studentships and external partners (e.g. British Antarctic Survey).


Alongside your research you will be expected to contribute to our Marine Biology/Zoology and Biological Sciences undergraduate and postgraduate teaching programmes. We are a world class research-led teaching university and are particularly keen to appoint candidates with modern and innovative teaching approaches, which will inspire, engage and equip our students to tackle the grand challenges our planet faces.


For more information on The School of Natural and Environmental Sciences please click here


For more information on our Marine Sciences research and community please click here 


We are committed to building and maintaining a fair and inclusive working environment and we would be happy to discuss arrangements for flexible and/or blended working. 


For informal queries please contact Professor Darren Evans (Head of Ecology Group): 


The University has developed an Academic Job Summary Guidance document which summarises the range of activities that academic staff may be expected to perform.


To apply, please provide the following documents:
(i)    A cover letter detailing how you meet the Person Specifications for a Senior Lecturer appointment and how a position at Newcastle University will foster your academic career and how your research or background complements the relevant research area;
(ii)    A full curriculum vitae including details of your qualifications and publications, including any relevant research funding, post-graduate supervision, technical or teaching experiences and citizenship;
(iii)    A research statement of no more than two-sides of A4. Your statement should include details of your proposed research area, your research goals and a three year plan in the role;
(iv)    A Teaching Statement of no more than two sides of A4. Your statement should include details of your existing or proposed teaching area(s) and a description of your teaching philosophy. 


Please upload your cover letter, research and statement as one PDF document to the cover letter section of our recruitment system. Any other attachments included in the ‘Additional Document' section may not be received by the reviewing panel.

Key Accountabilities

⦁    Conduct internationally-recognised research into an area of marine biology/ecology
⦁    Work collaboratively with marine science and biology/zoology colleagues, developing inter-disciplinary research portfolios which impact on national and international policy agendas
⦁    Contribute to an internationally visible research profile that delivers impact in the area of marine biology/ecology/zoology
⦁    Deliver high quality undergraduate and postgraduate teaching in marine and biological/zoology sciences as directed by the Head of School
⦁    Contribute to the delivery of residential field courses both in the UK and overseas
⦁    Supervise postgraduate students and support the coordination (research synergies and training) of a wider network of students within the School
⦁    Act in a collegiate manner, making a positive contribution to maintaining and enhancing a working environment that upholds equality, diversity and inclusivity
⦁    Participate in the management and administration of relevant modules within the School and contribute to the development of new initiatives in these areas
⦁    Provide mentoring, academic guidance and pastoral support to students in support of their learning experience
⦁    To be a member of relevant academic and teaching groups supporting collective activity in research and teaching
⦁    Represent the School and University at national and international meetings and conferences to disseminate research and/or scholarship outputs

The Person


Knowledge, Skills and Experience 

⦁    In depth knowledge/expertise in a relevant area of marine biology/ecology
⦁    International standing in marine biology/ecology
⦁    Knowledge of the UK and international funding landscape
⦁    Established international research profile
⦁    A strong track record in publishing in high impact international journals for career stage
⦁    A strong track record of income generation to support research from a range of funders
⦁    Experience of successful leadership of funded research
⦁    Evidence of presentation of work to the national and international research community (e.g. conferences, seminars and similar high profile events)
⦁    Experience of developing innovative teaching practices at undergraduate and postgraduate levels
⦁    Experience of leading curriculum development and programme administration
⦁    Experience of providing mentoring, academic guidance and pastoral support to students

Attributes and Behaviour

⦁    The ability to inspire research collaborators and students and promote SNES’ strengths in marine science research
⦁    Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to communicate effectively and exchange knowledge to develop research etworks across disciplies and sectors
⦁    Professionalism and Academic Excellence
⦁    Ability to meet the University's standard for the Research Excellence Framework (REF) and Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)
⦁    Ability to communicate complex oral and written information clearly
⦁    Ability to work as part of a team and on their own initiative
⦁    Ability and willingness to work in interdisciplinary environments
⦁    Ability to engage with and respond enthusiastically and positively to students
⦁    Ability to engage in pastoral care where appropriate
⦁    Ability to work collaboratively and constructively with both academic colleagues and support staff
⦁    Commitment to maintain and support a diverse and inclusive environment, where colleagues and students are treated fairly and with respect


⦁    A PhD or equivalent research experience in a relevant disciplie
⦁    Hold a Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy or have an equivalent teaching qualification or the willingness to complete and pass the Universities teaching and learning training programme


Newcastle University is a global University where everyone is treated with dignity and respect.  As a University of Sanctuary, we aim to provide a welcoming place of safety for all, offering opportunities to people fleeing violence and persecution.


We are committed to being a fully inclusive university which actively recruits, supports and retains colleagues from all sectors of society.  We value diversity as well as celebrate, support and thrive on the contributions of all of our employees and the communities they represent.  We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from individuals who can complement our existing teams, we believe that success is built on having teams whose backgrounds and experiences reflect the diversity of our university and student population.


At Newcastle University we hold a silver Athena Swan award in recognition of our good employment practices for the advancement of gender equality.  We also hold a Race Equality Charter Bronze award in recognition of our work towards tackling race inequality in higher education REC.


In addition, we are a member of the Euraxess initiative supporting researchers in Europe. 

Requisition ID: 25578