Lecturer in Marine Social Science

Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK


  • Posted on: 19th Feb 2021
  • Salary: £35,845.00 - £35,845.00 per annum
  • REF: 5611
  • Closes: 26th March 2021
  • Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
  • Hours: Full Time

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: £35,845.00 – £35,845.00 per annum

Closing Date: 26 March 2021

The Role

We are seeking to appoint a Lecturer in Marine Social Science to conduct research and research-led teaching in the School of Natural and Environmental Sciences (SNES). You will undertake applied social science research in addressing the major challenges facing the future sustainability of the marine environment.

You will strengthen and extend a team of marine ecosystem ecologists, oceanographers and applied biologists, and build important strategic relationships in interdisciplinary contexts. An important aspect of this post is 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 science research and stewardship of the oceans. Opportunities exist to support and develop social research in marine renewable energy, fisheries, tourism, urban ecology, conservation and restoration. You will also be embedded in the Centre for Rural Economy which provides access to a thriving social science community.

SNES is a highly interdisciplinary research environment and we would especially value your ability to embrace this and develop emerging areas of social science investigation, innovative research and exciting teaching content. You will be expected to promote the School and University as a centre of excellence for research and teaching at both national and international levels and contribute to specific academic administrative roles as defined by senior management.

The post available is full time, fixed term for 4 years.

For further information about the role or for informal enquiries, please contact Dr Jane Delanyvia email: http://jane.delany@ncl.ac.uk.

For further information about the School of Natural and Environmental Science, please click here.

The University has developed an Academic Job Summary Guidance document which summarises the range of activities that academic staff may be expected to perform.

Key Accountabilities

• Conduct applied research into the human elements of marine and coastal systems.
• Support and develop social science research around areas such as fisheries, biodiversity, communities, tourism, recreation, marine renewable energy, and related Blue Growth industries, maintaining a focus on good stewardship and governance of North East of England’s marine environment.
• To exploit 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 multi-disciplinary research agendas which impact 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 ecosystem science.
• Deliver high quality undergraduate and postgraduate teaching in marine social science and related areas 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

• PhD in a Social Science discipline or related field. E.g human geography, sociology, resource management studies, political science, economics.

Knowledge, Skills and Experience


• Social science research and teaching experience relevant to social science and the ability to develop exciting teaching content with experience in marine related contexts
• A track record of published research in social science and interdisciplinary subject areas.
• The ability to inspire research collaborators and students and promote SNES’ strengths in interdisciplinary marine science.
• An understanding of national, UK and international policy relating to sustainability goals
• Excellent interpersonal, management skills and be able 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.

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 Euraxess initiative supporting researchers in Europe.

Requisition ID: 5611

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