Research Assistant Aqua Excel

University of Stirling

United Kingdom

December 16, 2021

Description

Research Assistant Aqua Excel Apply Post Details

Part time - 0.5% FTE Fixed term for 12 months

The closing date for applications is midnight on Thursday 16 December 2021 Interviews are expected to take place on Monday 10 January 2022

This role is not eligible for sponsorship. Applicants require to have existing right to work in the UK.

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 Institute of Aquaculture (IoA), Faculty of Natural Sciences is recruiting for a Research Assistant to work on the use of Environmental enrichment for fish under research. The project is funded by the AquaExcel EU H2020 (https: // aquaexcel.eu/) as part of the Joint Research Actions ( WP6: Improvement of fish welfare in experiments (Refine), to set up common ways to evaluate and monitor fish welfare and propose ways of improvement (Reduce)).

The project study will be focused on the improvement of farmed salmon welfare under research conditions. The position will play a pivotal role and take the lead on delivering the research outcomes of the Joint Research Action 3 under WP6 of the AquaExcel project and will be in coordination with consortium partners. The project will stablish a common framework for delivering best enrichment methods to be used for fish under research in order to improve their welfare.

This project brings together a unique and significant consortium of research organisations (40 different EU partners involved in the AE3 project) to assess and improve farmed fish welfare used for research. The Research Assistant will be working with Dr Sonia Rey Planellas as WP6 lead on this specific task. This is a unique opportunity to work with the European leading institutions and researchers related to fish behaviour, physiology, and welfare and participate in such a broad network of collaborators. You can contact Dr. Rey for more detailed information: sonia.reyplanellas@stir.ac.uk

Description of Duties
  • Compiling existing knowledge to define Welfare Indicators which are shared among species
  • Setting up comparable experiments in different species, rearing systems, using common monitoring tools and approaches to define operational welfare indicators that will then be implemented in the AQUAEXCEL3.0 network and promoted beyond it and proposing mitigation approaches, such as environmental enrichment or early “training” of experimental fish
  • The main aim is to propose guidelines for experiments and their monitoring that will substantially Refine experimental conditions and reduce the need for experimental fish
  • Essential Criteria
  • First class honours degree or equivalent in a relevant discipline
  • Experience in working with fish (salmon preferably)
  • Experience in fish sampling and behavioural monitoring
  • Evidence of self-motivation and the ability to work independently
  • Evidence of being able to work as part of a team
  • Evidence of working in and carrying out field sampling
  • Evidence of good administrative and project management skills
  • Evidence of excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Good computing skills, including statistical and data handling packages
  • Excellent time management skills including ability to prioritise workload
  • Key skills and attributes

  • Excellent inter-personal and communication skills and the ability to work both independently and in a team
  • The successful candidate is expected to be a competent computer user and be familiar with animal behaviour tracking software (Ethovision or similar), statistical and data handling packages
  • Be able to work in the field: setting up the tanks/experiments, taking care of the fish and being able to sample fish for behaviour/physiological/molecular analysis
  • Desirable Criteria
  • Ideally have held at least one prior research position, or equivalent experience
  • Experience in working with environmental enrichment in fish and fish tracking systems
  • Experience in writing papers for publication and report-writing
  • UK compatible driving licence
  • 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

    Faculty of Natural Sciences

    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. Results of REF2014 confirmed that 75% of our research is 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. Recent success in the 2018 City deal is leading to a substantial investment in new infrastructure linked to the Faculty including a £17 million investment for a new Institute of Aquaculture and Global Aquatic Food Security facility and a £5 million investment for Scotland's International Environment Centre

    Aquaculture

    We are a global leader in aquaculture research and teaching, supporting the development of aquaculture worldwide. Our world-class researchers pioneer aquaculture as a solution to the challenges of feeding a growing global population. We're driven by our belief in aquaculture helping to create a world without hunger. Our expert staff, facilities and networks make us the first choice for research partners from across the globe. We have academics working across research groups focused on reproduction, genetics, aquatic animal health and welfare, nutrition, production systems, environments, markets, and social and economic impacts. We have collaborative research and training partnerships and links with many other leading academic institutions, and industry partners throughout Europe and overseas. We also offer a long- established and successful research service to support the development of new technology. The recent City Deal investment will provide four aquatic research facilities to cover the full range of marine environmental conditions.

    The University

    The University of Stirling is a leading UK teaching and research-intensive university, created by Royal Charter in 1967. Since its foundation, the University has embraced its role as an innovative, intellectual and cultural institution with a pioneering spirit and a passion for excellence in all that it does.

    In 2016, the University launched its current Strategic Plan https: // www. stir.ac.uk/about/our-vision/our-strategy/ (2016-2021), with targets to: be one of the top 25 universities in the UK; increase income by £50 million; enhance its research profile by 100 per cent; and ensure internationalisation is at the heart of everything it does.

    With three-quarters of its research ranked world-leading and internationally- excellent (Research Excellence Framework 2014), the University's groundbreaking, interdisciplinary research makes a difference to society and has a positive impact on communities worldwide. Stirling's research is making a positive impact on people's health, education and wellbeing, with key strengths across our research themes of: Cultures, Communities and Society; Global Security and Resilience; and Living Well. The University collaborates with international governments and policymakers, businesses, industry, and charitable organisations, to tackle and provide solutions to some of the toughest global societal challenges.

    For more information on working at Stirling, please visit https: // www. stir.ac.uk/about/work-at-stirling/.

    The University offers great benefits such as generous annual leave and membership of the Universities Superannuation Scheme. Additionally staff can benefit from a reduced membership rate at the University's excellent Sport Centre facilities.

    A full list of FAQs can be found here, we recommend you read these before making your application.

    Please ensure that you check your email account junk folder as your email provider may flag emails sent to you as suspected spam.

    Terms and conditions of this post can be found here.

    After the closing date, this job advert will no longer be available on the University of Stirling website therefore please keep a copy for your records.

    Job number

    FAC01447

    Contract Type

    Fixed Term Contract

    Closing date

    16-Dec-2021

    Location:

    Stirling Campus

    Grade

    Grade6 £27,116-£33,309 p.a.

    Faculty/Service

    Faculty of Natural Sciences Post Details

    Part time - 0.5% FTE Fixed term for 12 months

    The closing date for applications is midnight on Thursday 16 December 2021 Interviews are expected to take place on Monday 10 January 2022

    This role is not eligible for sponsorship. Applicants require to have existing right to work in the UK.

    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 Institute of Aquaculture (IoA), Faculty of Natural Sciences is recruiting for a Research Assistant to work on the use of Environmental enrichment for fish under research. The project is funded by the AquaExcel EU H2020 (https: // aquaexcel.eu/) as part of the Joint Research Actions ( WP6: Improvement of fish welfare in experiments (Refine), to set up common ways to evaluate and monitor fish welfare and propose ways of improvement (Reduce)).

    The project study will be focused on the improvement of farmed salmon welfare under research conditions. The position will play a pivotal role and take the lead on delivering the research outcomes of the Joint Research Action 3 under WP6 of the AquaExcel project and will be in coordination with consortium partners. The project will stablish a common framework for delivering best enrichment methods to be used for fish under research in order to improve their welfare.

    This project brings together a unique and significant consortium of research organisations (40 different EU partners involved in the AE3 project) to assess and improve farmed fish welfare used for research. The Research Assistant will be working with Dr Sonia Rey Planellas as WP6 lead on this specific task. This is a unique opportunity to work with the European leading institutions and researchers related to fish behaviour, physiology, and welfare and participate in such a broad network of collaborators. You can contact Dr. Rey for more detailed information: sonia.reyplanellas@stir.ac.uk

    Description of Duties
  • Compiling existing knowledge to define Welfare Indicators which are shared among species
  • Setting up comparable experiments in different species, rearing systems, using common monitoring tools and approaches to define operational welfare indicators that will then be implemented in the AQUAEXCEL3.0 network and promoted beyond it and proposing mitigation approaches, such as environmental enrichment or early “training” of experimental fish
  • The main aim is to propose guidelines for experiments and their monitoring that will substantially Refine experimental conditions and reduce the need for experimental fish
  • Essential Criteria
  • First class honours degree or equivalent in a relevant discipline
  • Experience in working with fish (salmon preferably)
  • Experience in fish sampling and behavioural monitoring
  • Evidence of self-motivation and the ability to work independently
  • Evidence of being able to work as part of a team
  • Evidence of working in and carrying out field sampling
  • Evidence of good administrative and project management skills
  • Evidence of excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Good computing skills, including statistical and data handling packages
  • Excellent time management skills including ability to prioritise workload
  • Key skills and attributes

  • Excellent inter-personal and communication skills and the ability to work both independently and in a team
  • The successful candidate is expected to be a competent computer user and be familiar with animal behaviour tracking software (Ethovision or similar), statistical and data handling packages
  • Be able to work in the field: setting up the tanks/experiments, taking care of the fish and being able to sample fish for behaviour/physiological/molecular analysis
  • Desirable Criteria
  • Ideally have held at least one prior research position, or equivalent experience
  • Experience in working with environmental enrichment in fish and fish tracking systems
  • Experience in writing papers for publication and report-writing
  • UK compatible driving licence
  • 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

    Faculty of Natural Sciences

    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. Results of REF2014 confirmed that 75% of our research is 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. Recent success in the 2018 City deal is leading to a substantial investment in new infrastructure linked to the Faculty including a £17 million investment for a new Institute of Aquaculture and Global Aquatic Food Security facility and a £5 million investment for Scotland's International Environment Centre

    Aquaculture

    We are a global leader in aquaculture research and teaching, supporting the development of aquaculture worldwide. Our world-class researchers pioneer aquaculture as a solution to the challenges of feeding a growing global population. We're driven by our belief in aquaculture helping to create a world without hunger. Our expert staff, facilities and networks make us the first choice for research partners from across the globe. We have academics working across research groups focused on reproduction, genetics, aquatic animal health and welfare, nutrition, production systems, environments, markets, and social and economic impacts. We have collaborative research and training partnerships and links with many other leading academic institutions, and industry partners throughout Europe and overseas. We also offer a long- established and successful research service to support the development of new technology. The recent City Deal investment will provide four aquatic research facilities to cover the full range of marine environmental conditions.

    The University

    The University of Stirling is a leading UK teaching and research-intensive university, created by Royal Charter in 1967. Since its foundation, the University has embraced its role as an innovative, intellectual and cultural institution with a pioneering spirit and a passion for excellence in all that it does.

    In 2016, the University launched its current Strategic Plan https: // www. stir.ac.uk/about/our-vision/our-strategy/ (2016-2021), with targets to: be one of the top 25 universities in the UK; increase income by £50 million; enhance its research profile by 100 per cent; and ensure internationalisation is at the heart of everything it does.

    With three-quarters of its research ranked world-leading and internationally- excellent (Research Excellence Framework 2014), the University's groundbreaking, interdisciplinary research makes a difference to society and has a positive impact on communities worldwide. Stirling's research is making a positive impact on people's health, education and wellbeing, with key strengths across our research themes of: Cultures, Communities and Society; Global Security and Resilience; and Living Well. The University collaborates with international governments and policymakers, businesses, industry, and charitable organisations, to tackle and provide solutions to some of the toughest global societal challenges.

    For more information on working at Stirling, please visit https: // www. stir.ac.uk/about/work-at-stirling/.

    The University offers great benefits such as generous annual leave and membership of the Universities Superannuation Scheme. Additionally staff can benefit from a reduced membership rate at the University's excellent Sport Centre facilities.

    A full list of FAQs can be found here, we recommend you read these before making your application.

    Please ensure that you check your email account junk folder as your email provider may flag emails sent to you as suspected spam.

    Terms and conditions of this post can be found here.

    After the closing date, this job advert will no longer be available on the University of Stirling website therefore please keep a copy for your records.

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