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Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Benthic Biogeochemistry

Scottish Association for Marine Science - SAMS - Science

Salary: Lecturer: £40,322-£45,361 pa Senior Lecturer: £49,553-£55,750 pa (Starting salary will depend on experience)

The Ideal Candidate:

Should have a strong understanding of marine biogeochemistry/benthic processes and additional understanding of numerical modelling would be desirable. We would like the successful candidate to have experience in benthic impacts of marine aquaculture including fin fish cage farming, shellfish cultivation and macroalgal cultivation. Prior experience of working with the aquaculture industry would be an advantage.

The role:

You will be a key player in driving forward SAMS program of discovery and applied research in the area of marine benthic biogeochemistry/benthic processes. You will be expected to engage with both existing SAMS research and commercial projects, but also develop your own funding streams over time and to contribute to SAMS program 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, but also overseas regions. Demonstrating 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.


SAMS has active research on aquaculture through both the Research Area in Blue Biotechnology and an interface group between science and SAMS Enterprise. You will have support through our current experience with the aquaculture industry and our numerical modellers.

So, what do we offer in return? Looking for a change in lifestyle or location? We are based on the beautiful west coast of Scotland – within Argyll & Bute. In addition to your salary, we offer flexible working, a generous remuneration package including pension, holiday allowance, structured career development path, free on-site parking as well as occupational health & wellbeing support. In addition, our employee benefits package includes purchase of additional holidays, technology & smartphones, payroll giving, discounted shopping vouchers and a cycle to work scheme.

Interested? We would love to hear from you. If you have queries on the job and would like to talk these through before applying, please email these through, in the first instance, to Prof Michele Stanley at 

For more information on New DEPOMOD, see the following link:

Applicants must apply by CV and cover letter – your letter should outline your experience to date as well as what you can bring to the role. Full job details are available at

This job is applicable for sponsorship.

For further information and to apply online please go to: and click on vacancies.

Alternatively, please write to Human Resources, Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Benthic Biogeochemistry (Job Ref. D09/20.MS), Scottish Association for Marine Science, Dunbeg, by Oban, Argyll, PA37 1QA or e-mail 

The closing date for receipt of applications is Friday 12th March 2021

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

Location: Oban
Salary: £40,322
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 15th February 2021
Closes: 12th March 2021
Job Ref: D09/20.MS
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