Job offer available in Scotland Research Assistant at University of Stirling

University of Stirling – Institute of Aquaculture

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The successful applicant will work within the Institute of Aquaculture on an Erasmus+ Sector Skills Alliance project “BlueEdu” (Fostering growth in the Blue Economy by developing an action plan for Innovative European Aquaculture VET and harmonised qualifications – This project is coordinated by the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) and involves 4 other European partners including the Federation of European Aquaculture Producers (FEAP). 

The BlueEDU project was developed in response to growing concerns about the difficulties many European fish producers are facing when trying to recruit qualified staff with up to date aquaculture knowledge and skills. The skills needs and future demand for education and training will be established for cage farming operatives (husbandry and supervisor). The application of new learning and communication technologies that can improve the quality and accessibility of education and training for remote work based learners, will be demonstrated and explored. The supply of ‘formal’ aquaculture education and training by the public sector and private trainers will be evaluated alongside the un-certificated short courses and in company provision which serve such a valuable role. The BlueEDU project partners believe that a new working relationship between the education and training sector and industry can be catalysed, leading to a more responsive aquaculture education and training system in Europe. 

The University of Stirling is leading on the initial literature review concerning previous and current aquaculture training provision and prior work on training needs assessment or evaluations of effectiveness. This will cover all European countries with cage-based marine aquaculture and also consider the education and training frameworks of those countries. The selected candidate will also be involved in other aspects of the project, in particular the conduct of industry stakeholder surveys in the UK and Ireland and contribute to analysis and report writing. Whilst mostly office-based, there may be a need for travel within the UK and Ireland to interview stakeholders or attend meetings. There may also be a need to attend project consortium meetings in Scotland or other European countries. 

The post holder will work under the supervision of the BlueEdu Workpackage 3 Coordinator who is based in the Institute of Aquaculture. Some working from home is possible and the scheduling of work both during the week and across the project is somewhat flexible, although with a priority for immediate availability. 

An interest in aquaculture sector training and education and an ability to undertake literature and survey-based research is essential; as is the ability to work flexibly and accurately in a busy environment, with good communication and interpersonal skills in an international and academic context. 

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