Manager of Marine Environmental Research Laboratory

University of Stirling - Faculty of Natural Sciences

The Post

Closing date for applications is midnight on Wednesday 28 January 2018.

Description of Duties

The Institute of Aquaculture (IoA) has an international reputation for its pure and applied research and enjoys excellent links with industry. Within the Institute an excellent opportunity has arisen at our Marine Environment Research Laboratory (MERL) & field station based in Machrihanish. Reporting to the Head of Technical Services, this key role is responsible for the implementation of the strategic plan and overall management of MERL, delivering technical and scientific support, fish care and welfare in compliance with all relevant legislation. With a clear focus on proactive attraction of new business and support of commercial and research activities, this role manages a core team of technical staff and requires a comprehensive knowledge of the Animals (Scientific Procedures) Act 198. It also requires excellent analytical and technical problem solving capability within a flexible and service orientated environment.

This is an exciting time within the University of Stirling and this key role will have the autonomy to shape the strategic direction of the MERL facility which is an important component within the Institute of Aquaculture.

Educated to degree level or equivalent in aquatic animal husbandry, you will have significant experience of leading within a marine research facility preferably with salmonids. With a proven track record of generating new business opportunities in a similar environment you will be able to demonstrate positive experiences of successfully leading and developing a team to deliver organisational objectives.

Key components within the facility include both generation and delivery of commercial contract research, planning and support for academic research and the maintenance of fish and sea lice delivering the highest standards of animal care, study support and stock and breeding colony management. The role will be instrumental to the Institute in the generation of additional business, through the marketing and advertisement of the Institute’s marine fish expertise and capabilities, attending events and networking opportunities showcasing the MERL work, generating additional contract research income with external companies.

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