Marine Scotland

Vacancy – Marine Mammal Scientist (closing date 26th May)

May 2, 2017 by No Comments

We are currently seeking applications for a Marine Mammal Scientist within Marine Scotland Science based in Aberdeen. This is a permanent and pensionable appointment and new entrants will normally start on the minimum of the pay range. Candidates with a disability who meet the essential criteria below will be invited to the assessments.

This post will provide scientific advice to Marine Scotland licensing and policy branches on matters related to marine mammals.  This will include advice on marine renewable energy developments and on management of marine mammal populations.  This advice will be underpinned by scientific research undertaken by the post-holder on the use of passive acoustic monitoring to assess the use of Scottish waters by cetacean species.

Qualifications Required

An honours degree or above in a relevant biological, ecological or bio-statistical discipline is a requirement for this post.

Essential Criteria

  1. A good understanding of regulation, legislation and research relating to marine mammals and to underwater noise in Scottish waters.
  2. Demonstrable data analysis and statistical skills, using specialist statistical software, such as R, Genstat or Matlab.
  3.  Experience of successfully managing sea going fieldwork.
  4. The ability to work independently with good organisational skills.
  5. Excellent written and oral communication skills, with the ability to explain scientific concepts to varied audiences.

Desirable Criteria

  1. Postgraduate qualification in a relevant field.
  2. Experience of collecting, processing, analysing, and reporting on data on underwater acoustics, and marine mammal abundance, distribution and behaviour.

For further information on this vacancy please download and review the “Person Specification and Further Information for Job Applicants” which you will find below. The Marine Science Competency Framework can be found here. To apply, you must fully complete and submit an online application via this website before the closing date. To learn more about this opportunity, please contact Dr Kate Brookes, who can be reached at or 01224 295613. If you experience any difficulties accessing our website or completing the online application form, please contact Steven Andison on 0131 244 8323 or via

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