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Closing date: 31st May 2012
The Regius Chair of Zoology
We seek to appoint a senior academic group leader to enhance our research in the general areas of ecology, evolution, behaviour, ecological, population, quantitative, or molecular genetics, infectious diseases or physiology.
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Professorial or readership positions in Food Security
Applicants with research activities involving molecular epidemiology, food safety, vaccinology, host or pathogen resistance evolution or management, microbial ecology, or interactions between food security and environmental change are especially encouraged.
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Senior Lecturer, Reader or Professorial position in quantitative/theoretical ecology
Researchers with quantitative or theoretical programs in any area of ecology are encouraged to apply, particularly those with interests in behavioural, population, community, landscape or infectious disease ecology, and/or evolutionary ecology.
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Our research environment
The positions will be based in the Institute of Biodiversity, Animal Health and Comparative Medicine (BAHCM) in the College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences (MVLS). The College was created in 2010 from the fusion of the University’s biologists, veterinary and medical scientists. It has an annual research income of over £52m, with research activity concentrated in seven research institutes. BAHCM is a newly-formed multidisciplinary research institute that integrates expertise in biology and ecology with that in comparative and veterinary medicine. Unique in the UK, the range of our studies spans multiple biological levels: from research into molecules and cells, to research into individuals, human populations and ecosystems. Given the threats posed by rapid environmental change and our increasing human population, there has never been a more pressing need for our holistic approach. Investigating key questions in environmental change, emerging diseases, and animal and ecosystem health requires an integration of empirical research at all biological levels with rigorous quantitative analysis, appropriate theoretical frameworks and predictive modelling. Always striving to understand the interdependence of animal and human populations, ecosystems and the environment, our research is driven by the need to create multidisciplinary teams to address national and global research challenges.
The Institute prioritises four research themes: evolutionary analysis, responses to environmental change, animal health and food security, and infectious disease biology. The Institute currently has 28 academic staff, 10 research fellows, 32 associate academic staff, 14 management and support staff, 17 postdoctoral researchers and over 70 postgraduate researchers. The postgraduates are a mixture of PhD students and students undertaking one of the taught postgraduate (MRes and MSc courses) offered by the Institute (see Masters Degrees).
The University and the Moredun Research Institute (http://www.moredun.org.uk/) have recently cemented their long-term partnership with the appointment of Professor Julie Fitzpatrick, Scientific Director of the Moredun Research Institute, to the Chair of Food Security within the College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences. This bilateral initiative signals our commitment to promoting multidisciplinary animal health research in a global dimension and build further on existing research excellence. The Moredun Research Institute focuses on strategic research providing impact through the development and delivery of vaccines, diagnostic tests and disease control programmes for livestock species. Specialised facilities for infectious disease studies, including BL3 are available.
The members of BAHCM are based in the Graham Kerr Building (on the University's main campus in Glasgow), at the veterinary sciences base on the Garscube estate and at the Scottish Centre for Ecology and the Natural Environment (SCENE, the University's field station on Loch Lomondside some 25 miles north of Glasgow). These locations house excellent facilities for research that would be available to the successful applicant including modern molecular ecology labs, dedicated computational facilities, and animal holding capacity. The Graham Kerr Building has 8 temperature-controlled aquarium rooms (with both seawater and freshwater supply) and 12 rooms for holding other vertebrates, all Home Office-designated and maintained by dedicated animal husbandry staff. It also has a series of laboratories equipped for molecular, biochemical and physiological analyses, backed up by skilled technical staff (including electronic and mechanical workshops run by the College). SCENE has Home Office-designated aquarium rooms including observation stream tanks, together with analytical labs, again maintained by permanent husbandry and lab technical staff. It provides easy access to a diverse range of habitats including Loch Lomond itself, nearby rivers, lakes and streams, both coniferous and broadleaf woodland (which surrounds the field station and contains a study population of hole-nesting birds in c400 nestboxes), agricultural pastures, moorland and mountain. SCENE has en suite single bedrooms and suites that can be booked for short or long-term research visits. The Institute has excellent links with the University Marine Biological Station Millport (UMBSM), a marine station based on the island of Cumbrae in the Firth of Clyde (c1.5h from Glasgow). It also has strong research links with many other research organisations both within Scotland (e.g. Marine Scotland, Scottish Natural Heritage, NERC Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, Macaulay Land Use Research Institute - now the James Hutton Institute) and further afield. (www.masts.ac.uk).
Other institutes and centres within the College with complementary research expertise and facilities include the Institute of Infection, Immunity and Inflammation, (which hosts the Wellcome Trust Centre for Molecular Parasitology, and the newly funded MRC University of Glasgow Centre for Virus Research, The Boyd Orr Centre for Population and Ecosystem Health, the Institutes for Health and Well-being and Molecular, Cell and Systems Biology, and the newly expanded Glasgow Polyomics Facility.
Undergraduate teaching within the College is organised through the Schools of Medicine, Veterinary Science and Life Science. Successful applicants will be expected to contribute to the teaching of the two undergraduate biology programmes (Marine & Freshwater Biology; and Zoology) that are most associated with BAHCM. Both are very successful, with stable student numbers (an average of 25 students in the final year of Marine & Freshwater Biology and 55 in the final year of Zoology). The programmes are linked, with some common teaching (especially in the initial years) but with more specialised units in Years 3 and 4; those in Year 4 are tailored to match the research interests of the academic staff. Both programmes offer interesting field courses (both freshwater and terrestrial ecology courses at SCENE, marine courses at UMBSM, a tropical marine ecology course in the Red Sea and a tropical rainforest ecology course in Ecuador). Students also have the opportunity to undertake a year's work placement with a relevant organisation (including research institutes around the world) before their final year.