Marine Scotland

Vacancy: Marine Mammal Biologist, closing date 5 March

February 13, 2020 by No Comments | Category Marine Scotland general, Marine Scotland Science, Uncategorized, Vacancies

Salary: £29759 – £34087
Location: Aberdeen
Hours: Around 37.00 per week
Closing Date: 5 March 2020 at midnight
Reference: IRC81419E

We are currently seeking applications for a Marine Mammal Biologist within the Directorate for Marine Scotland Science (MSS) based in Aberdeen. This is a 12 month fixed term 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 post-holder will work alongside the REEA staff at MSS to contribute to achieving Scottish Government goals for marine renewable energy and for protecting the marine environment. This will be achieved through contributing to the provision of advice to MS-LOT on interactions between marine mammals and the emerging marine renewable energy industries, and to MSPPD on marine mammal conservation issues. The post will also contribute to ongoing marine mammal research projects that involve the collection, processing and analyses of acoustic data. These activities will be placed into the context of the interactions of marine mammal populations and anthropogenic activities, and of the legislation that is relevant to marine mammals in Scotland.

To underpin advice, the post-holder will help to ensure that the best available science is incorporated into MSS activities and outputs. This will include the evaluation of the applicability of new methodologies relevant to marine mammals, and contributing to the commissioning and management of external research contracts.

The post-holder will need to be able to maintain and develop productive networks with relevant staff in external organisations, including SNH, JNCC, and academia. These networks will enable the post-holder to understand major developments in the scientific field, but there will also be a requirement to ensure that they continue to develop their skills and knowledge through understanding the relevant literature and continuous professional development. This will be a varied and interesting post in a highly applied scientific field, which will be suited to someone who enjoys a high level of autonomy and has the ability to successfully handle competing priorities.

Qualifications Required:

For jobs in Band B & C you must hold a minimum of 3 Highers or equivalent.

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. A good understanding of marine mammal biology.
2. Demonstrable data analysis and statistical skills, using specialist statistical software, such as R or Matlab.
3. The ability to work independently with good organisational skills and effectively manage projects.
4. Demonstrable experience of collecting, processing, analysing, and reporting on marine mammal passive acoustic or distribution, abundance of behavioural data.

Further Information:

For further information on this vacancy please download and review the “Person Specification“. 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 Ross Culloch by email or at 0131 244 3749.

If you experience any difficulties accessing our website or completing the online application form, please contact Emma Crawford on 0131 244 5656 or via

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