Lecturer in Socio-Environmental Systems

Scotland's Rural College (SRUC)
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Edinburgh Campus
£31,750 - £37,263 per annum                                                                    REF: ACF/E/052/19

SRUC (Scotland’s Rural College) is a widely respected higher education institute dedicated to producing specialist research, delivering high quality education and providing comprehensive consultancy services in the rural sector within the UK and beyond. The Department for Rural Economy, Environment and Society is a large interdisciplinary group of economists, social scientists, ecologists and environmental scientists. Our interests are focused on interdisciplinary research related to sustainable ecosystems, as well as the changing role of rural economies and the subsequent impacts for environment, society and food. The department provides a progression path for environmental and agricultural scientists and social-scientists, and conducts research in both localised contexts (Scotland, UK), and wider global areas where rural economies are particularly important (e.g. Latin America, Sub-Saharan Africa and East Asia).

We are looking to recruit an environmental lecturer, to develop a key role in supporting delivery of our long running MSc programmes (as well as undergraduate programmes), with a focus on the MSc Environmental Protection and Management. Our MSc programmes are some of the longest running in the UK, and are delivered in collaboration with the School of GeoSciences in the University of Edinburgh. The post holder will have significant and substantive involvement in the work required to maintain and deliver successful MSc programmes, including but not limited to organising existing courses, designing and delivering new lectures (and activities) as a part of existing and new courses, supervising MSc dissertations, providing pastoral support to MSc students, and assisting on overseas study tours. Additionally, the post holder would have scope to propose new courses that advance the strategic development goals for MSc teaching, and to pursue professional development related to MSc teaching (e.g. the postgraduate certificate in academic practice, if applicable).  Given the interdisciplinary nature of much environmental research, the postholder should have an interest in developing skills and experiences that complement their existing background, and a willingness to engage across disciplines, including with Ecological Economists. In addition, an ability to undertake and teach data analysis (and further develop those skills) would be an advantage.

The post will also provide an expectation to engage in future research projects with the REES department around climate change, environmental protection and environmental issues which affect the rural economy.  The postholder will also be able to develop their own research ideas, and encouraged to collaborate within the department and externally.  The Post will be based within the REES department in the Kings Buildings Site, Edinburgh.

The candidate will be suitably qualified to PhD level (or equivalent) in a subject related to environmental, ecological economics or social science and will support the growing research profile of the REES department in multi-disciplinary research networks.  Previous experience in teaching and supporting undergraduate or postgraduate programmes is desirable, but applications will be considered from well-qualified, enthusiastic, highly-motivated applicants who wish to move into MSc-level teaching as an explicit part of their career development. 

The salary will be in the region of £31,750 - £37,263 per annum. The post will be mostly based at SRUC Edinburgh Campus and will be full time. 

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