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Lecturer in Marine Social Science, Newcastle University

Lecturer in Marine Social Science Requisition ID: 5611 Location: Newcastle, GB Contract Type: Fixed Term Working Pattern: Full Time Posted Date: 29-Apr-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: £35,845 - £40,322 per annum Closing Date: 6 June 2021 The Role This is an exciting opportunity for an ambitious marine social scientist to join our well established marine and social science research and teaching community. You will be expected to conduct applied marine social science research 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). You will develop marine social-ecological research alongside our team of marine ecosystem ecologists, oceanographers, applied biologists and rural social scientists in order to build important strategic relationships in interdisciplinary contexts at local, national and international scales. We are particularly interested in candidates who take a social-ecological approach to one or more of the following areas: the blue economy (e.g. renewable energy, marine fisheries, aquaculture, recreation and leisure), nature-based solutions, natural capital, coastal communities, ocean health, marine spatial planning, and the relationship between people and the sea. You will be expected to take forward the vision of our benefactor, Dr Frank Williams, to ensure the coastal field station of the School, the Dove Marine Laboratory is a focal point of community engagement with our regional seas, promoting marine research and stewardship of the oceans. The post available is full time, fixed term for 4 years. Interviews will be held virtually and are anticipated to be held on Tuesday 6th July. For further information about the role or for informal enquiries, please contact Dr Jane Delany, For further information about the School of Natural and Environmental Science, please click here. The School The School of Natural and Environmental Sciences (SNES) was formed in 2017 as an outcome of our ‘Science and Engineerng Excellence Project’, and it comprises over 120 academic staff. It is the home for agriculture, chemistry, life sciences, marine science, geoscience, and rural social science and is part of the Faculty of Science, Agriculture and Engineering (SAgE) at Newcastle. Our School ethos is to deliver a broad spectrum of interdiscplinary research, from discovery-led to applied, founded on a world-class academic base, and to provide excellence in education for undergraduates and postgraduates who can make a difference to society. In addition to our on-campus facilities, SNES operates a coastal marine research station (Dove Marine Laboratory), a modern research vessel and onshore support station, and two research farms. The Dove Marine Laboratory The Dove Marine Laboratory is one of the last remaining university marine field stations in the UK and has a proud history of supporting excellence in marine science research, education and outreach. Located on Cullercoats Bay, only 9 miles from Newcastle city centre, the iconic building plays an important role in the local community through open days, its schools programme and other outreach activities. Ongoing investment in facilties will ensure the rich traditions of the Dove continue long into the future, and makes this facility a real conrnerstone of marine research at Newcastle Univeristy. Key Accountabilities

  • Conduct applied research into the social dimensions of marine and coastal ecosystems.

  • Develop a social-ecological research agenda, around areas such as the blue economy (e.g. renewable energy, marine fisheries, aquaculture, recreation and leisure), nature-based solutions, natural capital, coastal communities, ocean health, marine spatial planning, and the relationship between people and the sea, maintaining a focus on good stewardship and governance of the marine environment and its resources.

  • To strengthen the multidisciplinary research expertise of SNES, and our legacy of research in marine management and governance, to drive innovation in marine social science.

  • Work collaboratively with marine science colleagues, developing inter-disciplinary research agendas which impact on national, UK, and international policy agendas.

  • Working with our outreach staff to contribute to the development of a programme of research in public engagement, community-centred marine stewardship, focused on but not restricted to, the North East of England.

  • Contribute to an internationally visible research profile that delivers impact in the area of marine research.

  • Deliver high quality undergraduate and postgraduate teaching in marine social science as directed by the Head of School.

  • Supervise postgraduate students and support the coordination (research synergies and training) of a wider network of students within the School.

  • 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.

  • Complete and pass the teaching and learning University training programme (NEPS) or to have an equivalent teaching qualification.

  • To be a member of relevant academic and teaching groups, supporting collective activity in teaching and research.

  • Represent the School and University at national and international meetings and conferences to disseminate research and/or scholarship outputs.

  • Act in a collegiate manner, making a positive contribution to maintaining and enhancing a working environment that upholds equality, diversity and inclusivity.

The Person Knowledge, Skills and Experience

  • Subject knowledge and social-ecological research experience relevant to the sustainability, management and governance of the marine environment and its resources

  • Excellent social science research analytical skills (qualitative and / or quantitative)

  • Experience of publishing research in internationally recognised social science/ interdisciplinary journals.

  • Experience of teaching in Higher Education, with an ability to communicate effectively when supervising and training students and to develop exciting teaching content

  • Experience in knowledge exchange and engagement with non-academic stakeholders and the public.

  • The ability to inspire research collaborators and students and promote SNES’ strengths in interdisciplinary marine research.

  • An understanding of national, UK and international policy relating to sustainability goals

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to communicate effectively and exchange knowledge to develop research networks across disciplines and sectors.

  • Experience of working collaboratively with research partners and the scientific vision to develop innovative research programmes.

  • Knowledge of the funding landscape and experience of applying for grants with relevant partners.

  • Experience of presenting at national and international conferences and meetings.


  • Experience of supervising staff and postgraduate students.

  • Experience of providing mentoring, academic guidance and pastoral support to students.

  • Experience in participation or leadership of outreach activities e.g. visits, public lectures and contributions to events and summer schools.

Attributes and Behaviour

  • Ability to meet the University's standard for the Research Excellence Framework.

  • 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.


  • PhD with a social science focus e.g. human geography, sociology, marine planning, social-ecological science, marine resource management, marine policy, environmental economics or related field.

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 School holds a bronze Athena SWAN award in addition to the University’s silver 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 Euraxessinitiative supporting researchers in Europe. Requisition ID: 5611 Contact Us Apply now »

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