Postdoctoral Research Fellow

University of Stirling
December 04, 2022
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Postdoctoral Research Fellow Apply Post Details

Full time Fixed term for 21 months

The closing date for applications is midnight on Sunday 04 December 2022

There is an expectation that work will mostly be undertaken in the UK but 25% of this role will require field visits to Thailand and Vietnam.

For the purposes of sponsorship, this is a postdoctoral role under SOC code 2119.

The University of Stirling recognises that a diverse workforce benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers and welcome applications from those who would contribute to further diversification of our staff and ensure that equality, diversity and inclusion is woven into the substance of the role. We strongly encourage applications from people from diverse backgrounds including gender, identity, race, age, class, and ethnicity.

The Post

The post involves the in country and virtual facilitation and engagement supporting the project ‘Improving Farmed Animal Welfare in Asia' supported by Open Philanthropy that aims to initiate transformation change in the welfare of farmed fish in Thailand and Vietnam over the two year period.

The project will work with small consortia of academics and private sector in both countries to develop projects that pilot interventions leading to practical improvements to farmed fish welfare and improve the narratives and communications around the issue.

These interventions will be commissioned after the project ambitions are disseminated to stakeholders in the region and an open competition for projects. Successful proposed interventions will have the potential to (i) avoid unnecessary harm and pain to the fish, (ii) help farmers to improve their efficiency and business resilience, (iii) support a sustainable environment through healthier ecosystems, cleaner waterways and conservation of local species, and, (iv) overall contribute to a healthier population through the creation of a more nutritious food source.

The project will principally target species and systems that enter local markets and hence have most impact on combatting poverty and malnutrition.

Description of Duties
  • Support stakeholder engagement in Asia and elsewhere and analysis of value chain hotspots for poor welfare outcomes
  • Collect and assess data on farmed fish welfare issues and value chain stakeholder roles in Thailand and Vietnam
  • Facilitate the development a coalition of academic and commercial interests through initial stakeholder engagement
  • Support dissemination of project opportunities and project outcomes through contributions to web and social media presence
  • Assist delivery of virtual sandpits and mini-competitions for interventions around best practice guidelines and communication strategies
  • Produce content for online training courses
  • Support consortia implementing projects virtually and through field visits
  • Analyse project outcomes and development of targeted best practice guidelines and communication strategies
  • Support network development in target countries and internationally with key stakeholders through dissemination and engagement
  • Essential Criteria
  • PhD in aquaculture or related discipline
  • Experience in field research in a Low or Medium Income country
  • Capacity for independent, international project implementation
  • Demonstrable skills in written and oral communication
  • Capacity to manage intercultural and travel complexity and risk
  • Desirable Criteria
  • Research experience in animal welfare
  • Audio-visual and social media skills
  • Behaviours and Competencies

    The role holder will be required to evidence that they can meet the qualities associated with the following behavioural competencies, as detailed within the AUA Competency Framework.

  • Managing self and personal skills Being aware of your own behaviour and mindful of how it impacts on others, enhancing personal skills to adapt professional practice accordingly.

  • Delivering excellent service Providing the best quality service to external and internal clients. Building genuine and open long-term relationships in order to drive up service standards.

  • Finding solutions Taking a holistic view and working enthusiastically to analyse problems and to develop workable solutions. Identifying opportunities for innovation.

  • Embracing change Being open to and engaging with new ideas and ways of working. Adjusting to unfamiliar situations, shifting demands and changing roles.

  • Using resources effectively Identifying and making the most productive use of resources including people, time, information, networks and budgets.

  • Engaging with the wider context Enhancing your contribution to the organisation through an understanding of the bigger picture and showing commitment to organisational values.

  • Developing self and others Showing commitment to own ongoing professional development. Supporting and encouraging others to develop their professional knowledge, skills and behaviours to enable them to reach their full potential.

  • Working together Working collaboratively with others in order to achieve objectives. Recognising and valuing the different contributions people bring to this process.

  • Achieving Results Consistently meeting agreed objectives and success criteria. Taking personal responsibility for getting things done.

  • About Us

    The Faculty of Natural Sciences (FNS) encompasses the Divisions of Biological and Environmental Sciences, Computing Science and Mathematics, Psychology and the Institute of Aquaculture. FNS is a distinctive academic arena where new fundamental understandings of the complex and challenging inter-relationships between human behaviours, technologies, biological and environmental systems are created, explored and tested. The most recent national assessment of research - REF2021 -confirmed that 80% of our research is classed as world leading and internationally excellent. It is supported through UK Research Councils, European Union and a range of research charities We work with businesses and public service organisations both at home and overseas to achieve direct and positive outcomes for society across a range of critical problems. Substantial investment aligned with the City, Region, and Growth deals is supporting major new infrastructure developments linked to the Faculty including Scotland's International Environment Centre and the National Aquaculture Technology and Innovation Hub.

    The University

    The University of Stirling is committed to providing education with a purpose and carrying out research which has a positive impact on communities across the globe – addressing real issues, providing solutions and helping to shape society. Stirling is 4th in Scotland and 43rd in the UK for research impact, with 87% of its research having an outstanding or very considerable impact on society – and more than 80% rated either world leading or internationally excellent (Research Excellence Framework 2021). Interdisciplinary in its approach, Stirling's research informs its teaching curriculum and facilitates opportunities for knowledge exchange and collaboration between staff, students, industry partners and the wider community.

    The University of Stirling is ranked among the top 30 UK universities for student satisfaction (National Student Survey) and top 10 in the UK for postgraduate student experience (Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey), and has an overall five-star rating in the QS Stars University Ratings.

    More than 17,000 students study with the University of Stirling globally, with over 120 nationalities represented on its scenic central Scotland campus alone. The campus – also home to 1,700 staff – has its own loch and castle, and a recent multi-million-pound redevelopment has delivered modern, flexible, and digitally connected study and social spaces at the heart of campus, including enhanced student support and retail and catering outlets.

    The University has twice been recognised with a Queen's Anniversary Prize – the first for its Institute for Social Marketing and Health (2014) and the second for its Institute of Aquaculture (2019). Stirling is Scotland's University for Sporting Excellence and its recently redeveloped world-class facilities provide the perfect training environment for the University's sports scholars – many of whom compete at the highest level, including at the Olympics and Commonwealth Games – and for students, staff, and the wider community.

    As a signatory to the £214 million Stirling and Clackmannanshire City Region Deal, the University is driving productivity and inclusive growth across the Forth Valley, and beyond. Through pioneering collaborative solutions to global challenges, researchers are putting innovation, skills, and partnership at the heart of a sustainable economic recovery. www. stir.ac.uk @stiruni

    Job number

    FAC01672

    Contract Type

    Fixed Term Contract

    Closing date

    04-Dec-2022

    Location:

    Stirling Campus

    Grade

    Grade7 £35,333-£42,155 p.a.

    Faculty/Service

    Faculty of Natural Sciences Post Details

    Full time Fixed term for 21 months

    The closing date for applications is midnight on Sunday 04 December 2022

    There is an expectation that work will mostly be undertaken in the UK but 25% of this role will require field visits to Thailand and Vietnam.

    For the purposes of sponsorship, this is a postdoctoral role under SOC code 2119.

    The University of Stirling recognises that a diverse workforce benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers and welcome applications from those who would contribute to further diversification of our staff and ensure that equality, diversity and inclusion is woven into the substance of the role. We strongly encourage applications from people from diverse backgrounds including gender, identity, race, age, class, and ethnicity.

    The Post

    The post involves the in country and virtual facilitation and engagement supporting the project ‘Improving Farmed Animal Welfare in Asia' supported by Open Philanthropy that aims to initiate transformation change in the welfare of farmed fish in Thailand and Vietnam over the two year period.

    The project will work with small consortia of academics and private sector in both countries to develop projects that pilot interventions leading to practical improvements to farmed fish welfare and improve the narratives and communications around the issue.

    These interventions will be commissioned after the project ambitions are disseminated to stakeholders in the region and an open competition for projects. Successful proposed interventions will have the potential to (i) avoid unnecessary harm and pain to the fish, (ii) help farmers to improve their efficiency and business resilience, (iii) support a sustainable environment through healthier ecosystems, cleaner waterways and conservation of local species, and, (iv) overall contribute to a healthier population through the creation of a more nutritious food source.

    The project will principally target species and systems that enter local markets and hence have most impact on combatting poverty and malnutrition.

    Description of Duties
  • Support stakeholder engagement in Asia and elsewhere and analysis of value chain hotspots for poor welfare outcomes
  • Collect and assess data on farmed fish welfare issues and value chain stakeholder roles in Thailand and Vietnam
  • Facilitate the development a coalition of academic and commercial interests through initial stakeholder engagement
  • Support dissemination of project opportunities and project outcomes through contributions to web and social media presence
  • Assist delivery of virtual sandpits and mini-competitions for interventions around best practice guidelines and communication strategies
  • Produce content for online training courses
  • Support consortia implementing projects virtually and through field visits
  • Analyse project outcomes and development of targeted best practice guidelines and communication strategies
  • Support network development in target countries and internationally with key stakeholders through dissemination and engagement
  • Essential Criteria
  • PhD in aquaculture or related discipline
  • Experience in field research in a Low or Medium Income country
  • Capacity for independent, international project implementation
  • Demonstrable skills in written and oral communication
  • Capacity to manage intercultural and travel complexity and risk
  • Desirable Criteria
  • Research experience in animal welfare
  • Audio-visual and social media skills
  • Behaviours and Competencies

    The role holder will be required to evidence that they can meet the qualities associated with the following behavioural competencies, as detailed within the AUA Competency Framework.

  • Managing self and personal skills Being aware of your own behaviour and mindful of how it impacts on others, enhancing personal skills to adapt professional practice accordingly.

  • Delivering excellent service Providing the best quality service to external and internal clients. Building genuine and open long-term relationships in order to drive up service standards.

  • Finding solutions Taking a holistic view and working enthusiastically to analyse problems and to develop workable solutions. Identifying opportunities for innovation.

  • Embracing change Being open to and engaging with new ideas and ways of working. Adjusting to unfamiliar situations, shifting demands and changing roles.

  • Using resources effectively Identifying and making the most productive use of resources including people, time, information, networks and budgets.

  • Engaging with the wider context Enhancing your contribution to the organisation through an understanding of the bigger picture and showing commitment to organisational values.

  • Developing self and others Showing commitment to own ongoing professional development. Supporting and encouraging others to develop their professional knowledge, skills and behaviours to enable them to reach their full potential.

  • Working together Working collaboratively with others in order to achieve objectives. Recognising and valuing the different contributions people bring to this process.

  • Achieving Results Consistently meeting agreed objectives and success criteria. Taking personal responsibility for getting things done.

  • About Us

    The Faculty of Natural Sciences (FNS) encompasses the Divisions of Biological and Environmental Sciences, Computing Science and Mathematics, Psychology and the Institute of Aquaculture. FNS is a distinctive academic arena where new fundamental understandings of the complex and challenging inter-relationships between human behaviours, technologies, biological and environmental systems are created, explored and tested. The most recent national assessment of research - REF2021 -confirmed that 80% of our research is classed as world leading and internationally excellent. It is supported through UK Research Councils, European Union and a range of research charities We work with businesses and public service organisations both at home and overseas to achieve direct and positive outcomes for society across a range of critical problems. Substantial investment aligned with the City, Region, and Growth deals is supporting major new infrastructure developments linked to the Faculty including Scotland's International Environment Centre and the National Aquaculture Technology and Innovation Hub.

    The University

    The University of Stirling is committed to providing education with a purpose and carrying out research which has a positive impact on communities across the globe – addressing real issues, providing solutions and helping to shape society. Stirling is 4th in Scotland and 43rd in the UK for research impact, with 87% of its research having an outstanding or very considerable impact on society – and more than 80% rated either world leading or internationally excellent (Research Excellence Framework 2021). Interdisciplinary in its approach, Stirling's research informs its teaching curriculum and facilitates opportunities for knowledge exchange and collaboration between staff, students, industry partners and the wider community.

    The University of Stirling is ranked among the top 30 UK universities for student satisfaction (National Student Survey) and top 10 in the UK for postgraduate student experience (Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey), and has an overall five-star rating in the QS Stars University Ratings.

    More than 17,000 students study with the University of Stirling globally, with over 120 nationalities represented on its scenic central Scotland campus alone. The campus – also home to 1,700 staff – has its own loch and castle, and a recent multi-million-pound redevelopment has delivered modern, flexible, and digitally connected study and social spaces at the heart of campus, including enhanced student support and retail and catering outlets.

    The University has twice been recognised with a Queen's Anniversary Prize – the first for its Institute for Social Marketing and Health (2014) and the second for its Institute of Aquaculture (2019). Stirling is Scotland's University for Sporting Excellence and its recently redeveloped world-class facilities provide the perfect training environment for the University's sports scholars – many of whom compete at the highest level, including at the Olympics and Commonwealth Games – and for students, staff, and the wider community.

    As a signatory to the £214 million Stirling and Clackmannanshire City Region Deal, the University is driving productivity and inclusive growth across the Forth Valley, and beyond. Through pioneering collaborative solutions to global challenges, researchers are putting innovation, skills, and partnership at the heart of a sustainable economic recovery. www. stir.ac.uk @stiruni

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