Director & Professor Sea Mammal Research

Vacancy Details:

SMRU ( is a world leading research unit investigating all aspects of sea mammal biology within the Scottish Oceans Institute (SOI) ( at the University of St Andrews. The unit has statutory responsibilities and provides independent advice and expertise relating to marine mammals in the UK.  These responsibilities are under-pinned by long-term funding (currently until 2020) from the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and the unit is a Delivery Partner in the UK’s National Oceanography Centre (

The School of Biology is now looking for a new academic leader for SMRU which currently comprises 20 principal Investigators, 9 research Fellows, 32 PhD students, 6 engineers and 6 support staff. Applicants for the post should have a strong track record of publication in sea mammal biology, proven qualities of academic leadership and extensive experience of interacting with diverse stakeholders and funders. The Director SMRU is expected to inspire and nurture interaction within the unit and contribute to academic goals set by Director SOI.

Informal enquires may be made to Professor Ian A. Johnston (; Tel +441334463440) or Dr Ailsa Hall (; Tel +441334462634).

Closing Date: 30 September 2012

Please quote ref:  ME1250

Salary: Negotiable
Start Date:  As soon as possible



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