Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Virology

As part of a substantial investment in staff the Institute of Aquaculture seeks to appoint a Lecturer/ Senior Lecturer in the field of virology to join the established Fish Health Group, and to work within the Sustainable Aquaculture Research Theme of the Marine Alliance for Science and Technology Scotland (MASTS). MASTS is a pooling initiative funded by the Scottish Funding Council which bring together Scottish Universities with an interest in marine science to promote collaborative research.

Disease is still regarded as a major constraint to aquaculture production globally and viral diseases have assumed a key importance in both aquaculture and wild fisheries. This has led to greatly increased interest from funding agencies and industry for support of research in this area. Potentially important interactions exist between wild and farmed populations and this is expected to be a fruitful area for future research. Major pharmaceutical companies consider that viral diseases, especially in SE Asia, will be the major focus of their vaccine development programmes over the next 10 years. There is also scope for exciting collaborations with partners in MASTS, other UK and European HEIs and research organisations in future EU framework programmes, informed by the new European Aquaculture Technology Platform. The Institute is already a partner with the University of Aberdeen and Marine Science Scotland (Scottish Government) in the Scottish Fish Immunology Research Centre and has relevant collaborations with the Veterinary and Medical faculties at Edinburgh, Glasgow, Imperial College London and UK government fisheries laboratories in Weymouth and Aberdeen. The successful candidate will work closely with the existing immunology, pathology, bacteriology and epidemiology teams within the established Fish Health Group at the Institute as well as with our Molecular Genetics Group. The new post will be expected to develop on the existing strong links with Marine Science Scotland and the University of Aberdeen through joint projects and doctoral students. Within Europe collaborations are in place with European virus reference laboratories in Denmark and Norway and with the Office International des Epizooties in Paris. The Institute has received EU and industry funding for viral research in recent years and has obtained significant BBSRC funding in the area of virology. A research programme on Salmon Pancreas Disease (SPD) funded by the Scottish Government has recently been initiated at the Institute and it is expected that the successful candidate will collaborate and build on this research. Long-term funding under the SPASE (Scottish Partnership in Animal Science Excellence) initiative to examine host-pathogen interactions in viral disease is also in place. Research on IPNV, ISAV, KHV and beta Nodavirus is also currently in progress and additional research programmes are encouraged.

Full time, open ended Lecturer, Grade 8 – £37,012 to £44,166 Senior Lecturer, Grade 9 – £45,486 to £52,706   Closing date – Thursday 11th October 2012.

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