Marine Taxonomists (all levels) – Dunstaffnage, Oban

As part of our continued growth in the offshore renewables and aquaculture sectors, we are keen to hear from enthusiastic benthic taxonomists across all levels of experience to join our laboratory teams in Dunstaffnage, Oban.

If you are interested in applying for a role with us, please send your CV and covering letter to recruitment@ocean-ecology.com. Closing date for submissions: 30th November 2021. Further details can be found here.


Senior Marine Taxonomist

The following will be essential to be considered for Senior Marine Taxonomist roles:

  • Demonstrable expertise in accurate identification of macrobenthic species across most major phyla found in the NE Atlantic or a specialism in a particular group;
  • Experience working to NMBAQC standards and projects involving external quality audits;
  • Experience creating and maintaining reference collections;
  • A conscientious and enthusiastic attitude;
  • An appreciation of the need to work to tight timeframes within a commercial laboratory setting;
  • A clear and demonstrable passion for marine taxonomy; and
  • A minimum of a degree in marine biology (or similar marine related discipline).

Desirable skills/experience include:

  • A track record in undertaking sample processing quality control checks of the work of other taxonomists;
  • Experience in undertaking ring tests and providing training workshops to junior staff;
  • Experience in zooplankton, phytoplankton and/or freshwater invertebrate identification;
  • Experience in analysis and interpretation of seabed imagery;
  • Experience in identification of macrobenthic species from tropical, sub-tropical and/or deeper water environments; and
  • Record of publishing peer-reviewed research articles relating to marine taxonomy.

Marine Taxonomist

The following will be essential to be considered for Marine Taxonomist roles:

  • Demonstrable experience in identification of macrobenthic species found in the NE Atlantic;
  • A conscientious and enthusiastic attitude;
  • An appreciation of the need to work to tight timeframes within a commercial laboratory setting;
  • A clear and demonstrable passion for marine taxonomy;
  • A minimum of 2 years professional or post-graduate experience in the field of marine taxonomy; and
  • A minimum of a degree in marine biology (or similar marine related discipline).

Desirable skills/experience include:

  • Experience working to NMBAQC scheme standards and projects involving external quality control;
  • Experience creating and maintaining reference collections;
  • Experience in analysis and interpretation of seabed imagery;
  • Experience in zooplankton, phytoplankton and/or freshwater invertebrate identification; and
  • A willingness to participate in occasional intertidal and coastal surveys aboard our survey vessels or third party vessels.

Why Join?

Ocean Ecology is recognised as one of the UK’s leading providers of marine ecological survey, laboratory and consultancy services for projects in both the coastal and offshore zones. Since our inception in 2013 we have experienced significant growth recently bolstered through a merger with the Norwegian based technical consultancy Åkerblå Group and the establishment of new office locations in Oban and Plymouth. A role with us will provide you with the opportunity to work in and help shape a rapidly growing and dynamic organisation alongside a team of passionate marine scientists. We offer industry competitive salaries commensurate with experience, with associated benefits including a flexible working policy, private health insurance and options for home working.

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