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Lecturer/Senior Lecturer - Marine Nutrient Biogeochemistry

Scottish Association for Marine Science - SAMS

Location: Oban
Salary: £39,609 to £54,765 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 13th September 2019
Closes: 18th October 2019

Location: Oban, Argyll

Salary: Lecturer: £39,609-£44,559, Senior Lecturer: £48,677-£54,765 per annum. 

The Scottish Association for Marine Science is the oldest independent marine research organisation in the UK: one of the oldest in the world.  We are located on a modern campus adjacent to the European Marine Science Park, on the peaceful Dunstaffnage peninsula, a few miles from the scenic coastal town of Oban (‘The Seafood Capital of Scotland’).

Job Purpose - Contribute to the discovery and lead to the further development in an appropriate aspect of inorganic or organic marine nutrient biogeochemistry. The successful candidate will contribute to one of more of SAMS’ research areas: Ocean Systems, Dynamic Coasts and Blue Economy. The post holder will be expected to work collaboratively with the natural and physical scientists at SAMS, developing trans- and cross-disciplinary research with impact at national, UK, and international levels. 

Types of activities- Identifying, planning and initiating major research within specialist subject area, for example where gaps in knowledge exist. Lead strategic decisions about what research directions to prioritise and develop, and contribute to SAMS’ broader strategic planning.

SAMS has wide interests related to marine nutrient chemistry.  Examples of recent and ongoing projects include investigation of the benthic impact of aquaculture to support the NewDEPOMOD modelling software and study of the role of nutrients in supporting Arctic productivity.

The ideal candidate will be willing to contribute to both research and commercial projects in both the pelagic and benthic environment as well as support SAMS teaching and education activities.

SAMS has an extensive range of analytical facilities including: Inorganic nutrient auto-analysers, total organic carbon analyser, Total carbon analyser (DIC, TA), HPLCs, Oxygen isotope mass spectrometer, Isotope Ratio mass spectrometer (15N/13C), GCs (lipids, Flame Ionisation Detection), Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometry and Inductively Coupled Plasma Optical Emission Spectrometry. 

Attributes required - You will have a PhD in an aspect of chemistry that will complement existing SAMS activity and strengths. Successful development of research proposals funded through UKRI or the EU or equivalent. Identifying research topics and initiating analysis that will be original and innovative with a proven track record of high-quality publications (REF3/4* standard).

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­For further information and to apply for this position online, go to:  Alternatively, please write to: Human Resources,  Lecturer/Senior Lecturer – Marine Nutrient Biogeochemistry, (Job Ref. D07/19.KD), The Scottish Association for Marine Science, Scottish Marine Institute, Oban, Argyll, PA37 1QA or e-mail

The closing date for receipt of applications is 18th October 2019

SAMS is a registered Scottish charity (SC 009206), has an equal opportunities policy and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

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