Position title: Graduate Research Assistant (RA)
Location: Dunbar, East Lothian, UK
Job type: Full time permanent position
Salary: Competitive salary dependent on qualifications, and experience
Ocean Science Consulting (OSC) Limited seeks to expand its Dunbar-based UK team. Applications are invited for a full-time, Research Assistant (RA). The role involves working primarily in OSC’s Research & Development (R&D) wing, although suitable candidates may also be considered for a combination of RA & offshore duties. OSC is an international research and technology-focused marine science company involved principally in the global supply of underwater noise measurement and modelling, marine mammal detection, and risk mitigation services. OSC reinvests > 80% of profits into Research & Development (R&D), orientated primarily towards high-level research on the harbour porpoise (Phocoena phocoena) and other marine life interactions with offshore installations, improving marine mammal and environmental monitoring standards worldwide, and underwater noise. This has resulted in several peer-reviewed publications (www.osc.co.uk/publications-and-press-covers) and a non-profit book entitled the Marine Mammal Observer and Passive Acoustic Monitoring Handbook (www.pelagicpublishing.com/the-marine-mammal-observer-and-passive-acoustic-monitoring-handbook.html.
OSC seeks a motivated individual to become a valued member of this highly successful research team. You will be responsible for data preparation, and collection, if also selected for offshore duties, performing analysis, and literature reviews for the preparation of clients’ confidential reports & peer-reviewed papers. Prior experience in the field as a Marine Mammal Observer (MMO), and/ or Passive Acoustic Monitoring (PAM) Operator is preferred, but not necessary. The role may include working offshore in a range of sectors (www.osc.co.uk/sectors/). Do not apply if you are easily prone to seasickness, unfit medically, or not prepared to spend long periods (>6 consecutive weeks, occasionally more) away from home, although durations are usually less.
- Scientific literature reviews;
- Data preparation, entry, and management;
- Creation and maintenance of databases (including Microsoft Excel);
- Statistical analyses of biological datasets
- Statistical modelling abilities (GAM, GLM etc.);
- Analysis of Remotely Operated Vehicle footage;
- Generation of figures for presentations, reports, and publications;
- Creation of maps in QGIS;
- Organisation of research sourced from journals and list serves;
- Entry of publications into referencing software (EndNote); and,
- Generation of content for social media, websites, and posting.
- Stock control and testing of PAM and other oceanographical equipment;
- Potentially working offshore as MMO & PAM Operator;
- Day-to-day administration; and,
- Carry out any duties which your line manager may reasonably request within the broad parameters of your role.
Qualifications, skills, & experience
A degree (minimum 2:1) in a relevant scientific marine discipline (marine biology or marine biology & oceanography). A Master’s degree or PhD is not a requirement for this role, but applicants with these levels of qualifications are encouraged. English must be a first language, or completely fluent both verbally and written. To succeed in this role, you will need to have a genuine passion for all (enjoyable and not so enjoyable) aspects of marine mammal research. The following knowledge & skill set is required: professional & discreet, positive & happy attitude, honest, motivated & diligent without encouragement, go that extra mile with alacrity (whether for your line manager or the whole OSC team) & see through projects from start to finish, capable of autonomous thought, exhibit initiative (often under pressure with minimal deadlines & resources), volunteer ideas for improvements & progress without request, excellent phone manner, willingness for involvement in a wide variety of tasks (including unfamiliar territory), prepared to work in a fast-paced-work environment & meet tight deadlines, & work equally as well independently & as part of a team, highly numerate & literate (both verbal & written), IT & tech-savvy (in particular with QGIS, SigmaPlot, Word, PowerPoint, & Excel), excellent organisation & planning, adept at multitasking & prioritising (RAs can be involved in multiple research projects simultaneously), inquiring & interested about the business & its industry, commercial awareness, flexible with working hours (altering start & finish times to reflect management’s requirements across our different world-wide office locations & time zones, & will include occasional evenings & weekends).
RAs undertake literature reviews & data QC/preparation/management/analysis in preparation for reporting, advice & publications, so the successful applicant will be numerate, experienced with statistics, & competent in a range of computer packages. A peer-reviewed publication, or prior experience preparing publications for submission to journals would be highly desirable, but not a deal breaker. Knowledge of processing, handling, and inferring oceanographic datasets (CTD, synoptic satellite-derived data etc.) would be a bonus.
Apply only if you meet requirements. Do not apply if you are not able to generate high level maps in QGIS or you are not able to perform biological statistics. Offshore certifications and medicals are a bonus, but again, not a deal breaker for this role. The https://www.amazon.co.uk/Observer-Passive-Acoustic-Monitoring-Handbook-ebook/dp/B00WUP258I/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1518780478&sr=8-1&keywords=marine+mammal+book must be read and understood before commencing work at OSC, and we would strongly recommend candidates to have read the book, and be familiar with our website before interview; candidates will be tested.
If interested, please send your CV and cover letter to: email@example.com. Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted. Please activate a return/read receipt function on your email application, as we expect high volumes of applicants.
Application deadline: 16 March 2018
OSC Recruitment Team.