Marine biologist / Ecologist

The Environmental Research Institute (ERI) is a unique research centre situated in the town of Thurso in the northern Highlands of Scotland. It is part of the North Highland College of the University of the Highlands & Islands (UHI); Scotland’s newest and most distinctive University.

The ERI has particular interests in the marine renewables sector, not least because of the substantial marine resource around our coastline and the long term economic development opportunities it offers. The region is home to the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC), the world’s first and only grid-connected, UKAS accredited testing facility for wave and tidal energy technologies. The Pentland Firth and Orkney Waters (PFOW) is the site of the world’s first commercial scale leasing round for marine energy and has been awarded Marine Energy Park status has been awarded by UK Government.

The ERI has a rapidly evolving research profile and provides a high quality, vibrant research environment. In 2012 the ERI opened its Centre for Energy and Environment, a state-of-the art research facility on the campus of the University of the Highlands and Islands North Highland College. It has a goal of being internationally recognised for innovative and distinctive environmental science and it has unrivalled access to some outstanding natural environments. These include the dynamic waters of Pentland Firth.

As part of our commitment to developing our international research profile, we are seeking to appoint a dynamic biologist or ecologist to contribute to our interdisciplinary research effort on the environmental and ecological impacts of wave, tidal and offshore wind energy extraction. The post holder would have the opportunity to contribute to recently funded EU programmes and to develop their own research interests.

Candidates may have an interest in a range of potential environmental stressors including: Physical presence or dynamic effects of devices; effects of energy alteration; chemical effects; acoustic or electromagnetic effects on receptors including: the physical environment; pelagic or benthic habitats and species; fish and fisheries (including migratory species); marine birds or ecosystem dynamics and food chain. Applications from candidates with interests in cumulative impacts or EIAs are also welcomed.

You will be entitled to join the Local Government Pension Scheme.

Further details on this exciting opportunity are available by clicking the APPLY button below.

Closing date for receipt of applications is 05 August 2013.

The position is available immediately and should be taken up no later than 31 October 2013.

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