Director of Research - Biodiversity and Freshwater Conservation

Inverness, Highland
£59,832 per annum
28 Jul 2021
26 Sep 2021
Subject Area
Contract Type
Full Time

35 hours (1 FTE), Permanent

Grade M1 £59,832

We are one of the largest partners of the University of the Highlands and Islands, a partnership of 13 colleges and research institutions comprising Scotland’s newest university.

As the UK’s leading tertiary education provider, we deliver both further education and higher education courses and that makes us different from traditional institutions. Through an innovative approach to learning and some of the best online learning technologies, we offer our students the complete learner journey, where they have choice and flexibility to study from access level right through to PhD.

Inverness College UHI is at the heart of the community. Working closely with businesses and stakeholders, our curriculum and research capacity is designed to meet the ever-evolving needs of industry and support the strengths and ambitions of the region. Through a personalised approach, we help our students discover their right path, providing them with a combination of qualification and job-ready skills to succeed in the workplace. Inverness College UHI has locations at Inverness Campus and also the Scottish School of Forestry (Balloch), a growing hub for research, innovation and enterprise set within a 215-acre site. 

We wish to appoint a Director to lead innovative and world class research in biodiversity and freshwater conservation. The Director will drive forward our strategic aim for innovative and impactful interdisciplinary research, through leadership of our established research centre of the Rivers and Lochs Institute, and development of our Forestry and Conservation Group. The post holder will work closely with the Director of the Centre for Remote and Sustainable Communities to build a significant track record in internationally recognised research; and will work in partnership across the University of the Highlands and Islands.

Our ideal candidate will have extensive research expertise in a discipline related to biodiversity and freshwater conservation, preferably including the application of molecular genetic tools, with proven experience of leading and delivering interdisciplinary research in these fields. The role will require familiarity of working with policies and funding streams relating to biodiversity, natural capital, land-use, landscape scale and catchment management, and rewilding.  You will have considerable experience of leading and managing researchers in a demanding academic environment, with budget, human resources, and strategic management experience, together with a commitment to provide innovative, relevant research and knowledge exchange to inform the tertiary education curriculum in UHI. Our expectation is that you will have an established network and excellent ability to build key connections with external collaborators and key stakeholders through strong communication and negotiation skills.  

Please note: the successful post holder will need to pass a satisfactory PVG scheme membership prior to commencing employment. 

For informal queries relating to this post, please contact

Application Closing Date: Sunday 26th September

Shortlisting will take place on 27th and 28th September

Interviews will be held week commencing 2 October

Contact Inverness College UHI recruitment team:


Phone:         01463 27321

For further information about the role including job description and application form please visit the vacancies section of our website via the apply link.