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KTP associate - Peatland Management Project Officer

UHI North, West + Hebrides

Location: Orkney
Salary: £35,870 (fixed-term, 36 months with 6 months probation)
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 26th February 2024
Closes: 25th March 2024

+ 45 days holiday in a full year (inclusive of 14 public/general holidays)

+ Enrolment into Local Government Superannuation Scheme

The Environmental Research Institute (ERI) is part of UHI North, West and Hebrides, Thurso, one of the academic partners of UHI. Our mission is to ‘provide dynamic leadership in research, innovation and education that advances understanding and informs management of our natural environment’. Within the ERI’s, the ‘Peatlands” team seeks to provide underpinning evidence that can drive changes in policy and practice to ensure a resilient future for the peatlands of the Highlands and Islands region, and a just transition for its people.

Just across the water from the ERI, Orkney is an archipelago in the Northern Isles of Scotland, situated off the north coast of the island of Great Britain. As well as a rich Nolithic, Iron Age, Norse and wartime heritage, Orkney is also home to the Highland Park single malt Scotch whisky distillery.  The Highland Park distillery cut the peat to smoke the barley from an area of Hobbister Moor, located approximately seven miles west of the distillery. Highland Park own and manage this land under license from Orkney Islands Council and work in close collaboration with the RSPB for the benefit of wildlife, including red-listed species such as Hen Harrier and Curlew. They are also actively seeking to develop and deliver plans for the responsible extraction, reduction, restoration and protection of peat.

We now seek to appoint a highly motivated Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) Associate to become the new Peatland Management Project Officer at the Highland Park Distillery on Orkney joint funded by Innovate UK and Highland Distillers. The successful candidate researcher will be based on Orkney with the Highland Park Distillery team and will have access to ERI’s facilities in the centre of Thurso for training and project development.

Interested? Please click the apply link to find out more

To apply
, please download an application pack and send to recruitment.nwh@uhi.ac.uk

Informal queries can be made to Prof. Roxane Andersen by email prior to submitting an application: roxane.andersen@uhi.ac.uk  

Appointment will be fixed-term 36 months (subject to probationary period).

Closing date for applications 25th March 2024.

Interviews are planned for 3rd April 2024 onwards.

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