Job Opportunity: Lecturer in Benthic Biogeochemistry

The Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) is Scotland’s largest and oldest independent marine science organisation, delivering marine science for a productive and sustainably managed marine environment through innovative research, education and engagement with society.

Based near Oban on the Scottish west coast, our marine research and teaching portfolio is diverse in topic and discipline, global in outlook, project locations and relevance, and delivered by a SAMS team with can-do attitude working in partnership with academic, business, government, regulatory, voluntary and civic society colleagues.

SAMS is a charitable organisation (009206) with a membership that elects the Board members following a recruitment process. It is also a Company Limited by Guarantee registered in Scotland (SC 009292) and operates two wholly owned subsidiary companies: SAMS Research Services Ltd (SRSL) - a specialist marine consultancy - and SAMS Ltd. It is an academic partner of the University of the Highlands and Islands.

The ideal candidate will be a key player in driving forward the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) program of discovery and applied research in the area of marine benthic biogeochemistry/benthic processes. In this post you will be expected to engage with both existing SAMS research and commercial projects, but also develop your own funding streams over time as well as contribute to SAMS programme of education at undergraduate and post-graduate levels.

A key aspect, will be to contribute to the further development of marine aquaculture impact models including New DEPOMOD for use by the fish farming sector and regulators in the UK, and overseas regions. You will have demonstrable experience in designing and conducting experimental work in the laboratory and field, and be willing to work with mathematical modellers, or have experience in numerical model development, to implement your findings into real-world applications, particularly in relation to aquaculture and its potential environmental impacts. Prior experience of working with enterprise and/or the aquaculture industry would be an advantage.

Main responsibilities

  • Conduct fundamental and applied research in benthic biogeochemistry/benthic processes to deliver scientific outputs (3/4* papers), presentations at national and international conferences, reports, research funding applications to deliver high quality science to meet SAMS mission.
  • Propose and engage in externally funded commercial work to meet SAMS’ commercial funding targets.
  • Contribution to SAMS and departmental science strategies to ensure SAMS maintains its science excellence.
  • Contribution to SAMS education strategy at undergraduate, postgraduate and CPD levels through module leadership and student supervision allowing SAMS to fulfil its educational requirements and UHI to maintain degree awarding powers.
  • Enable the smooth running of SAMS though contribution to internal committees, activities and management of SAMS staff and resources as and when required, to ensure that SAMS managerial and strategic requirements are met.
  • Be pro-active in the application of SAMS Health & Safety Procedures.

Position: Full time, permanent and based near Oban, Scotland.
Salary Range: Grade 7 (Lecturer) £40,322 - £45,361 per annum and Grade 8 (Senior Lecturer) £49,553-£55,750 per annum.
Application deadline: March 12, 2021

Learn more about SAMS, this opportunity and how to apply.

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