Marine Scotland

Vacancy – Physical Oceanographer (Closing date – 19 December 2017)

November 23, 2017 by No Comments

We are currently seeking applications for a Physical Oceanographer within the Oceanography Group of Marine Scotland Science (MSS) 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.

The Oceanography Group provides the physical environment context across a wide range of multidisciplinary scientific applications in MSS. The very diverse duties of this post include data acquisition (including in the field), processing and quality assurance, scientific programming and interaction with specialist oceanographic instrumentation.

Qualifications Required
A relevant graduate qualification in a mathematical, physical, earth science or any other relevant discipline with evidence of a good numeric ability.

Essential Criteria
1. Experience of basic statistical or mathematical analysis of data using appropriate software tools (e.g. Excel, Matlab, R).
2. Experience of basic report writing.
3. Basic knowledge of quality assurance procedures, data handling and processing.
4. Good verbal communication skills to ensure that you can work effectively within the team.
5. As this post requires working on-board research and commercial fishing vessels you must be willing and able to work at sea. You must hold an ENG1 (off-shore) medical certificate or have the ability to pass the required medical.

Desirable Criteria
1. Experience and/or a relevant post-graduate qualification in a branch of aquatic or earth sciences or any other relevant discipline with clear evidence of a strong numeric ability; ideally, physical oceanography.
2. Sea-going and/or field working experience, in particular experience in the use of standard oceanographic equipment in the field.

For further information on this vacancy please download and review the “Person Specification and Further Information for Job Applicants” which you will find below. 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 Alejandro Gallego ( and or telephone 0131 2442697).

If you experience any difficulties accessing our website or completing the online application form, please contact the resourcing team on 0131 244 5597 or via

You should read each of the Essential/Desirable Criteria and think about a time or an example that can help demonstrate your knowledge/skills. Remember, this must be evidence based and your answers should be clear, concise and reflect what actions you undertook. You may want to use the STAR(R) approach to respond to each criterion.

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