Marine Scotland

Vacancy – Zooplankton Analyst – closing date 2 October

September 12, 2018 by No Comments

We are currently seeking applications for a Zooplankton Analyst within the Ecology and Conservation Group of Marine Scotland Science based in Aberdeen. This is a Fair and Open Fixed Term (24 months) 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 undertake routine taxonomic analysis of zooplankton samples in support of monitoring and research programmes. The post will include participation in research surveys, data entry and ensuring quality control of databases. The post holder will also assist in laboratory management.

Qualifications Required:
You must hold an HND or B.Sc. in biological or environmental science.

Other qualifications equivalent to these may also be acceptable, if you are in any doubt please contact to discuss.

Please note: If you fail to demonstrate how you meet the minimum qualifications as stated above, your application will be automatically sifted out.

Essential Criteria:

  1. Experience in identifying and enumerating marine zooplankton using light microscopy techniques.
  2. Experience of fieldwork, performing sampling activities that can be applied to an inshore coastal ecosystem monitoring trip.
  3. Experience compiling numeric data and ability to report in both written and oral forms.
  4. Experience of working with databases and statistical software.

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 who can be reached at or on 01312443224 or Dr Margarita Machairopoulou at or on 01312443213.

If you experience any difficulties accessing our website or completing the online application form, please contact the resourcing team on 01312445597 or via

Further information for this job:

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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