Shellfish Scientist NAFC Marine Centre

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Shellfish fisheries in Shetland are unique in Europe in that management is carried out at a local level through a Regulating Order. The NAFC Marine Centre provides a key role in supporting local management through the provision of high quality fisheries data and advice, and through targeted research programmes.

This is an exciting opportunity to work within our dedicated Fisheries Section as part of our Shellfish Team.

You will be responsible for the collection and management of fisheries data. This will involve routine shellfish sampling at sea, both on commercial and research vessels, and participation in applied research projects. You will also be responsible for managing fisheries data via Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and assisting in the production of stock assessments. Other duties will include participating in fisheries research programmes, which may include whitefish and pelagic projects.

You should hold an MSc in a relevant subject and have seagoing experience. You should also be computer literate with experience of data collection, handling and analysis. Experience of GIS software is desirable, although training will be provided.

A full job description can be viewed at

Please contact NAFC Reception if you would like to receive the job description and person spec in alternative formats.

This post is for a period of two years (following the successful completion of a probationary period) and the starting salary is in the range of £29,000 – £34,000.

For an informal discussion on this post, please contact Dr Beth Leslie, tel 01595 772310 or email

For an application pack, please contact NAFC Reception on tel: 01595 772000 or email

Closing Date: 4 November 2011

The NAFC Marine Centre is an academic partner of the University of the Highlands and Islands.

NAFC Marine Centre is the operating name of the Shetland Fisheries Training Centre Trust. Scottish Charity Number SC003715.

The NAFC Marine Centre is committed to achieving equality of opportunity in all aspects of its work and study and therefore operates an Equal Opportunities Policy.

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