Oceanographer – Marine Scotland Science

We are currently seeking applications for an Oceanographer within Marine Scotland Science, based in Aberdeen. This is a 18 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 Oceanography and Marine Environmental Assessment Groups in Marine Scotland Science are enhancing their environmental monitoring network by upgrading their tools (e.g. oceanographic buoys with real-time telemetry and chemistry sensors to sample Ocean Acidification) in the context of the INTERREG VA COMPASS project*. The need for this post is the result of this enhanced technical capability in oceanography and chemistry. We need a fixed-term appointment to undertake technical responsibility for new oceanographic and chemical instrumentation (set-up, downloading, communications), as well as data acquisition, processing and quality-assurance, and setting up new procedures to maintain these systems in the future.

A relevant graduate qualification in a mathematical, physical or relevant discipline (ideally oceanography) with evidence of a good numeric ability. A basic knowledge of marine chemistry would be advantageous.

Essential Criteria
1. Experience (employment or academic) in a branch of aquatic science.
2. Basic knowledge of quality assurance procedures, data handling and processing, and applying statistical or mathematical methods using appropriate software (e.g. Excel, Matlab, R).
3. Good verbal and written (e.g. basic report writing) communication skills to ensure that you can work effectively within the team.
4. Basic knowledge of computer programming in e.g. Matlab, R, Phython or any high-level computing language.

Important Information Regarding Interviews
In recognition of the Scottish Government’s ongoing measures and guidance in its response to Covid-19 (Coronavirus), we would like to advise applicants that a decision has been taken that all interviews must be conducted in a virtual/remote setting.

In order to facilitate this new way of working, we are asking all applicants to ensure that they have a suitable space to complete the virtual interview. In addition, a personal device of choice, which has the Skype for Business application downloaded.  This will allow candidates to undertake the interview/assessment if selected. We are also asking you to ensure that your personal Wi-Fi/Broadband capacity will be sufficient to carry both audio and video feeds.

Further Information
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 Jenny Hindson at Jennifer.Hindson@gov.scot or Alejandro Gallego at Alejandro.Gallego@gov.scot.

*This project is match-funded by the EU’s INTERREG VA Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB).


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