Graduate Biologist (Guildford)

Full time, permanent or FTC opportunities   Do you know the difference between Aphrodita and Ophelia?  Would you like a unique opportunity to work with benthic specialists in a company focussing on all areas of ecology?  Are you passionate about species identification and love being in the laboratory with your microscope?  If so, then we would be delighted to hear from you!

Thomson Ecology

We are the UK’s leading expert in ecological environmental impact assessment. Our expertise is in all ecosystems and we provide the full range of services within terrestrial, freshwater and marine ecology, water management, habitat creation and geospatial data management. We operate at all levels in the project delivery cycle from survey, through data management, interpretation, outcome advice and public inquiry.  We help our clients from all sectors to grow their businesses and deliver their desired outcomes, whether that is for commercial growth or meeting regulatory requirements and challenges.

We promote a happy, friendly workplace and are guided by the company’s core values of Respect, Integrity, Support and Excellence.  We provide fantastic on-the-job training and offer a range of company benefits including pension contributions, cycle to work scheme, discounted gym membership, payment of a professional membership fee and regular parties!

The role

As part of our marine team you will be involved in benthic faunal sample analysis for a variety of exciting projects from both the UK and abroad.  You will be given the opportunity to learn taxonomic identification skills from world experts and will become involved in other areas such as Particle Size Analysis and fisheries.

The successful candidate must have

  • a degree in Marine Biology or a related subject
  • the ability to work to the pressures of a commercial laboratory
  • an enthusiastic attitude and willingness to learn

Ideally you will also have

  • previous experience in benthic faunal sample processing
  • experience of Particle Size Analysis
  • experience of fisheries work
  • experience of statistical analysis packages such as Primer

Shortlisted candidates will be expected to undertake a technical assessment to demonstrate their skills in identification of fauna.

This opportunity is offered either on a permanent or a fixed term contract basis and is based at our modern offices in the picturesque Surrey Research Park.  The successful candidate will live within commuting distance of Guildford or be prepared to relocate.

If you would like to discuss the position further and what it involves please call Daisy Chamberlain on 01483 466056.  Please apply as soon as possible with your CV and a covering letter outlining your suitability for the role (max 500 words) to

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