Marine Scotland

Vacancy: Zooplankton Analyst, closing date 17 March

February 19, 2020 by No Comments | Category Marine Scotland general, Marine Scotland Science, Vacancies

The main role of this post is to support the monitoring and research needs of the Ecology and Conservation Group at Marine Scotland Science in Aberdeen, currently made up of 12 people, through taxonomic analysis of zooplankton samples and field work. The post will also provide more general laboratory support.

The Ecology and Conservation Group provides ecological and conservation advice and underpinning science for the Environment Monitoring and Assessment, Planning and Environmental Advice and Coastal and Offshore Fisheries Programmes. The group provides advice on fishery closures, Good Environmental Status (GES) and Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) and carries out ecological studies of macro-benthos, zooplankton and fish in order to support the EU Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) and the Scottish MPA Project. The group also answers questions about alien species, climate change impacts, fish movements and dynamics, vulnerability of priority marine species and trophic interactions.

Qualifications Required:

A qualification such as a HND or B.Sc. in biological or environmental science.
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 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 for inclusion in reports.
4. A methodological approach to work and good organisational skills, especially in a laboratory environment.

Further Information:

For further information on this vacancy please download and review the “Person Specification and Further Information for Applicants“.  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 email Dr Margarita Machairopoulou or call 0131 244 3213.

If you experience any difficulties accessing our website or completing the online application form, please contact Recruitment@gov.scot.


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