Open Vacancy - Professor of Nutrition, University of Stirling



The University of Stirling has an exciting vacancy for a Professor of Nutrition within the Institute of Aquaculture.

The post of Professor of Nutrition is an exciting opportunity to join a highly successful research group within the Institute of Aquaculture, expanding its areas of expertise and taking a leading role in developing and delivering a clear strategic vision for aquaculture nutrition research in Stirling. We aim to attract a researcher of international standing who will provide leadership in innovative research, knowledge exchange, curriculum development and strategic performance management. With an established international profile in aquatic animal nutrition, the successful candidate will ideally have a successful track record of external grant funding together with teaching experience and proven experience in working with industry and the transfer of research-based knowledge to practical application, and provision of commercial services.

The Post
The Nutrition Group of the Institute of Aquaculture has been at the forefront of research in the UK and Europe into the development of sustainable feeds for aquaculture for over 15 years. The group has an international reputation for high quality applied and fundamental research into all aspects of nutrition and metabolism of farmed aquatic species. The primary aim of the group has been to support the twin drivers of developing sustainable aquaculture practice while ensuring the nutritional quality of farmed aquatic species for human consumers through research into the development and use of alternative feed ingredients and feeding strategies that maintain levels of key nutrients despite radical changes to feed composition driven by issues of sustainability and food security.

Description of Duties

The post will be responsible for the development and implementation of strategies to enhance and expand the activities of the Nutrition Group and to develop innovative new lines of research, exploit existing and novel funding opportunities, create new initiatives to expand national and international collaborations and networks, strengthen and promote links with industry, and support and manage commercial analytical and contract research activities. The successful applicant will initially work closely with Prof. Douglas Tocher in delivering these objectives.

Major duties will involve:

  • Developing an overall strategy for the Nutrition Group within the overall strategic plans of the Institute, School and University.
  • Developing new and expanding and enhancing existing research programmes in aquaculture nutrition.
  • Developing, managing and delivering teaching within appropriate nutrition modules as part of the undergraduate and postgraduate teaching programmes.
  • Developing commercial activities including management of the Nutrition Analytical Service (NAS).

Essential Criteria

  • A PhD in the field of nutrition/biology/biochemistry/molecular biology (or related discipline)
  • Deep knowledge of nutrition of aquatic species (e.g. finfish and/or crustaceans) and aquaculture
  • Proven record of highly innovative research with significant research impact
  • A sustained and substantial body of new knowledge evident in regular research outputs of international excellence
  • Proven and consistent success in attracting external research funding
  • A proven record of leadership with significant managerial and organisational responsibilities including financial planning and management, responsibility for leading large-scale research teams and projects, and evidence of successful leadership initiatives
  • A track record of working closely with industry and/or developing and managing commercial operations and other revenue-generating initiatives
  • Evidence of support for teaching and pedagogy including excellence and innovation as a teacher, evidence of positive student progress, and promotion of academic quality and standards

Desirable Criteria

  • Evidence of successful initiatives in developing knowledge exchange opportunities including recruitment and supervision of doctoral students
  • Participation in professional networks and membership of professional bodies and/or learned societies
  • Evidence of consultancy and advisory work including shaping of sectoral, local and national policy
  • Development and marketing of programmes and events in relevant areas of professional practice
  • Evidence of CPD activities
  • A significant contribution to pedagogical research including curriculum design and development, and initiatives in identifying and meeting new opportunities for educational provision and student recruitment

Additional Information

For an informal discussion about the role please contact Professor Ian Simpson, Head of Natural Sciences (; +44 (0)1786 467850).

The University offers great benefits such as generous annual leave and membership of the Universities Superannuation Scheme with employer contributions of 16%. Additionally staff can benefit from a reduced membership rate at the University's excellent Sport Centre facilities and the option of childcare vouchers through a salary sacrifice scheme.

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The research leading to these results has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7 /2007-2013) under grant agreement no 288925. This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the European Union cannot be held responsible for any use which maybe made of the information contained therein.