Professor / Reader in Food Supply Chains

Scotland's Rural College
Aberdeen, UK
14 Sep 2019
29 Sep 2019
Contract Type
Full Time
Professor / Reader in Food Supply Chains
Aberdeen (flexible)
£60,000 - £100,000 depending on experience/qualifications Ref: ANF/R/027/19

SRUC is unique in Scotland and one of the largest organisations of its kind in Europe. Our ambitious and exciting vision is to work at local, national and international levels, leading innovation and sustainable development in agriculture and rural sectors.

The vision for Research and Teaching in SRUC is to be a leading and go-to institution, nationally and internationally, for teaching and conducting applied research to enhance the rural economy and environment. In addition to normal expectations of teaching and research quality, we expect our teaching and research to be relevant to a problem area where there is a real end-user need. Our programmes are tailored to emphasise, as the dominant theme, end-user pull whilst maintaining a strong spirit of innovation.

Agricultural production in the North of Scotland must support environmental, human and animal health. Key to this is the ability of our producers to target higher value production chains as opposed to commodity-based routes to market in order to promote sustainable agricultural systems. Driven by this ambition, we are partnering with Opportunity North East (ONE) to develop an innovative food hub on our Aberdeen campus to drive collaboration within the sector.

This post will join the faculty to develop new collaborations and linkages to understand the effect of changing consumer demands on the food supply chain and primary agriculture. Develop new courses and modules in the supply chains and market requirements. Provide a focus for interaction with the proposed food hub.

  • Develop and lead an externally funded programme of research on Food supply chains.
  • Lead engagement with external partners, nationally and globally. Work with SAC Consulting colleagues to develop and implement new concepts and approaches - again nationally and internationally. Lead SRUC's international engagement in Food supply chains.
  • Contribute to teaching and development of courses/training.
  • Develop their own research teams and support the work of other researchers.
  • Supervise the work of PhD students.
  • Contribute to the planning and development of facilities within the faculty.

Experience & Qualifications required
  • Applicants will hold a PhD or have equivalent research experience in a relevant discipline. To be appointed at professorial level candidates should have an international profile in a relevant discipline, with sustained delivery of innovation and eminent research in the field. A track record of successful grant applications and high-quality publications is essential.
  • The applicant will also have demonstrated academic leadership and will be responsible for developing strategic links across the SRUC and beyond that supplement our strengths and increase our standing as a teaching and research institution.

Important information

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Closing Date: 2 October 2019

All applications must include the following:
  • A full CV with your education and professional qualifications and full employment history.
  • A short supporting document explaining why this appointment interests you and how you meet the appointment criteria and key competencies as detailed above.
  • Current remuneration and contractual notice period.

Please note that CVs will not be accepted without a completed application form.

SRUC Leading the way in Agricultural and Rural Research, Education & Consultancy.

SRUC is committed to valuing Diversity, advancing Equality and respecting Human Rights throughout the organisation and encouraging applications from disabled people using the "Disability Confident Employer" symbol. SRUC is a member of the Athena SWAN charter.

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