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Job Vacancies: Lecturer (Ecological/Ecosystems Economics) Edinburgh


Permanent full-time

Job title

Lecturer (Ecological/Ecosystems Economics) Edinburgh


£31,750 - £40,129 per annum (dependent on experience)




£31,750 - £40,129 per annum (dependent on experience)           
Ref: ACF/REES/013/20

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.

We are looking for an Ecological Economist to support our Sustainable Ecosystems team within SRUC’s Department for Rural Economy, Environment & Society. The Sustainable Ecosystems team conducts applied research on the socio-economic impacts of agricultural systems and environmental change. In collaboration with the University of Edinburgh, we coordinate and deliver the taught MSc Programme in Ecological Economics, which is the longest running programme of its kind worldwide. The successful candidate will support teaching activities primarily at post-graduate level within the department and especially the Ecological Economics programme.   

With respect to research, the successful candidate will, in the first instance, contribute to the delivery of research on global challenges such as transition to sustainable and resilient food systems, sustainably managing complex socio-ecological systems in terrestrial and marine environments, and climate change mitigation and adaptation. The Sustainable Ecosystems team works with partners across a range of disciplines and follows a pragmatic ethos to deliver high quality research to a range of policy and private industry clients. We are therefore open to applicants using macro- or micro perspectives, and quantitative (incl. modelling) or qualitative methodological approaches to addressing policy and industry challenges. Applicants show willingness and capacity in applying and developing research methods to the highest standard.

Candidates must have a sound understanding of ecological economics, and be both able and willing to teach it at a high level, but may have academic backgrounds in, or experience with, related disciplines in environmental and social sciences, including environmental, agricultural and development economics. Previous working experience in industry, governmental and non-governmental organisations is desirable. Bi- or multi lingual candidates (Spanish, Mandarin, French, German) help us offer the best experience to our diverse range of international graduate and postgraduate students.

The job grade (3 or 4) and accompanying salary will be commensurate with experience (grade 4: £31,750 - £37,263 and grade 3: £36,413 - £40,129 per annum).

For further information please contact the Deputy Director of the MSc in Ecological Economics, Paula Novo (

Application Process
We ask candidates to complete the online application and attach a completed CV (three references).

We also ask candidates to provide two written statements following the briefs provided below:

Statement 1: SRUC’s vision is to support the transition to a sustainable economy. How do you see yourself contributing to this vision? Consider your current work and ideas for the development of future work. Please summarize your thoughts in 800 Words (strict limit).

Statement 2: Please provide a statement on your teaching philosophy. Within this, please be sure to discuss your approach to both face-to-face delivery and online/blended learning. 800 words (strict limit).

Please upload these statements on one single file.

Important information

Please download and read the following information before proceeding with your application:

Job Particulars Document: Lecturer (Ecological /Ecosystems Economics) Job Particulars Document


To apply for this role, please click HERE.

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

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