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Senior Lecturer in Tropical Marine Biology/Ecology

Requisition ID:  8604

Newcastle, GB

Contract Type:  Open Ended
Working Pattern:  Full Time
Posted Date:  04-Jun-2021


We are a world class research-intensive university. We deliver teaching and learning of the highest quality. We play a leading role in economic, social and cultural development of the North East of England. Attracting and retaining high-calibre people is fundamental to our continued success.


Salary: £51,034 - £64,959 per annum 


Closing Date: Monday 28 June 2021

The Role


This an exciting opportunity for an ambitious and experienced tropical marine biologist/ecologist to join our well established marine science research and teaching community. You will be expected to conduct research into tropical marine ecosystems that addresses the major challenges facing the future sustainability of the marine environment and its resources and to deliver research-led teaching in the School of Natural and Environmental Sciences (SNES). 


While we welcome applications from any areas of tropical marine biology/ecology we are particularly interested in someone who can work alongside our existing strengths in tropical marine science. We are therefore particularly interested in candidates who are under-taking world-leading research to understand and find solutions to the impacts facing tropical marine ecosystems in the Anthropocene at scales ranging from the molecular through to large-scale ecological processes. Newcastle University has a rich heritage in undertaking tropical marine research and this is a strategic appointment to build our research capacity in this area with the likelihood of further appointments in this research area over the coming years.


Newcastle University recognises the climate emergency and seeks to develop transformative solutions to the sustainability challenges facing the natural world. Your research will contribute to the University’s OnePlanet research theme and you will have the opportunity to engage with the Newcastle Centre of research excellence (NUCore) in Climate and Environmental Resilience providing strong links across the University with researchers in climate, biodiversity and ecosystem restoration. The School is involved in a number of DTPs and CDTs (e.g. NERC funded OnePlanet, Iapetus) in these research areas ensuring ready access to PhD studentships.


Alongside your research you will be expected to contribute to our Marine Biology/Zoology and Biological Sciences undergraduate and Ecology focussed 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.


To apply, please provide the following documents:

(i) A cover letter explaining how you meet the Person Specification, how a post at Newcastle University will foster your academic career and how your research complements the relevant research group,

(ii) A CV including details of your qualifications and publications, plus any relevant research funding, post-graduate supervision or teaching experiences and citizenship or leadership roles.

(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 for obtaining research funding.

(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 statement and teaching statement as one PDF document to the cover letter section of the recruitment system. Please note, any other attachments included in the ‘Additional Document’ section may not be received by the reviewing panel.


The post available is full time, and is available on an open ended basis. It is expected that the interviews will be taking place in 1st and 2nd week of July 2021. 


For further information about the role or for informal enquiries, please contact Professor Pip Moore, Pip.Moore@newcastle.ac.uk 
For further information about the School of Natural and Environmental Science, please click here.

Key Accountabilities

•  Conduct internationally-recognised research into an area of tropical marine biology/ ecology. 

•  Work collaboratively with marine science 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 tropical marine research.

•  Deliver high quality undergraduate and postgraduate teaching in marine and biological 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 

•  Established international research profile
•  A strong track record in publishing in high impact international journals for their stage of career
•  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.



•  Knowledge of key international opportunities in research and funding
•  Experience of successfully managing the performance of research groups.


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

•  Demonstrable commitment to our values:

     •  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 discipline 
•  In depth knowledge/expertise in a relevant area of tropical marine biology/ecology
•  International standing in tropical marine biology/ecology
•  Knowledge of the UK and international funding landscape
•  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 committed to being a fully inclusive Global University which actively recruits, supports and retains staff from all sectors of society.  We value diversity as well as celebrate, support and thrive on the contributions of all our employees and the communities they represent.  We are proud to be an equal opportunities employer and encourage applications from everybody, regardless of race, sex, ethnicity, religion, nationality, sexual orientation, age, disability, gender identity, marital status/civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, as well as being open to flexible working practices.


The University holds a silver Athena SWAN award in recognition of our good employment practices for the advancement of gender equality. The University also holds the HR Excellence in Research award for our work to support the career development of our researchers, and is a member of the Euraxess initiative supporting researchers in Europe.


Requisition ID: 8604