Marine Scotland

Vacancy – Species Distribution Modeller (Closing date – 21 December 2017)

November 24, 2017 by No Comments

We are currently seeking applications for a Species Distribution Modeller within the Ecology and Conservation group of 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.

The main role of this post is to develop and lead on research themes relating to: species distribution modelling, marine spatial planning and geographic information systems (GIS), fisheries effort data (VMS), MPA design, and marine conservation.  The post will include participation in research surveys and the production of peer-review manuscripts and will provide logistical and technical support (e.g. statistical and GIS advice).

Qualifications Required
A PhD in biological or environmental science with a very strong numerical component.

Essential Criteria
1. A proven ability in working with large databases (e.g. PostGreSQL), spatial statistics, computational platforms (e.g.  R), GIS software (e.g. QGIS, ArcGIS) and spatial databases (e.g. PostGIS).
2. Sea-going expertise in benthic mapping on board research vessels and the willingness to travel, and, on occasion, work unsocial hours.
3. Evidence of excellent organisational skills and the ability to work both within a project team and independently.

Desirable Criteria
1. Experience of handling fisheries effort data (VMS).
2. Familiarity with Linux, working across platforms, and using off-site data centres.

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 Peter Wright at or or phone 0131 2443224.

If you experience any difficulties accessing our website or completing the online application form, please contact HR Resourcing on 0131 244 8217 or via email.

You should read each of the Essential 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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