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Physical Oceanographer

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Job summary

£26155 - £29192
Around 22.20 per week
Closing Date
16 November 2020 at midnight
Employment Type
Permanent Employee

We are currently seeking applications for Physical Oceanographer within the Oceanography Group based in Aberdeen. This is a permanent and pensionable appointment and new entrants will normally start on the minimum of the pay range. Candidates with a disability who meet the essential criteria below will be invited to the assessments.

This post will be part of the Oceanography Group at Marine Scotland Science in Aberdeen. The Oceanography Group provides oceanographic science support, including hydrodynamic modelling, to the Environment Monitoring and Assessment (EMA) Programme. The group leads on the physical oceanographic aspects of EMA's integrated monitoring (including long-term monitoring at our coastal stations network and long-term offshore monitoring in the northern North Sea and Faroe Shetland Channel) and provides oceanographic input to cross-cutting projects related to the development and management of the aquaculture industry, studies physical and bio-physical connectivity in the marine and coastal environment (e.g. in the context of marine planning) and supports the sustainable development of the marine renewable energy industry by characterising the physical baseline conditions and assessing the potential effects of energy extraction. The Oceanography Group also works towards an increased level of preparedness in the eventuality of oil spills and marine pollution incidents, mostly by developing and maintaining modelling tools and observational capability.

The Group works consistently across the majority of MSS Science Programmes, providing quality-assured physical environmental data and data products (both observational and model-based), advice and interpretation in critical topics such as climate change, as well as oceanographic services to other Groups and Programmes. This is a specialised post that requires a good understanding of marine physics, the ability to acquire, process and quality-control highly specialised data, competency at high-level programming and a high degree of hands-on knowledge of oceanographic instrumentation, both hardware and software (ideally newer technologies such as real-time monitoring and autonomous systems).

Qualifications Required
A relevant graduate qualification in a mathematical, physical or relevant discipline (ideally oceanography) with evidence of a good numeric ability.

Please note: If you fail to demonstrate how you meet the minimum qualifications as stated above, your application will be automatically sifted out.

Essential Criteria
1. Experience (employment or academic) in a branch of aquatic science.
2. Basic knowledge of quality assurance procedures, data handling and processing, and applying statistical or mathematical methods using appropriate software (e.g. Excel, Matlab, R).
3. Good verbal and written (e.g. basic report writing) communication skills to ensure that you can work effectively within the team.
4. Basic knowledge of computer programming in e.g. Matlab, R, Python or any high-level computing language.

Important Information Regarding Interviews
In recognition of the Scottish Government's ongoing measures and guidance in its response to Covid-19 (Coronavirus), we would like to advise applicants that a decision has been taken that all interviews must be conducted in a
virtual/remote setting.

In order to facilitate this new way of working, we are asking all applicants to ensure that they have a suitable space to complete the virtual interview. In addition, a personal device of choice, which has the Skype for Business application downloaded. This will allow candidates to undertake the interview/assessment if selected. We are also asking you to ensure that your personal Wi-Fi/Broadband capacity will be sufficient to carry both audio and video feeds.

Further Information
For further information on this vacancy please download and review the "Person Specification and Further Information for Job Applicants" which you will find below. To apply, you must fully complete and submit an online application via this website before the closing date. To learn more about this opportunity, please contact Jenny Hindson (Jennifer.Hindson@gov.scot) or Alejandro Gallego (Alejandro.Gallego@gov.scot).

If you experience any difficulties accessing our website or completing the online application form, please contact the Resourcing Team via recruitment@gov.scot.


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