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Environmental Toxicologist

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Job summary

£26995 - £29776
Around 37.00 per week
Closing Date
26 April 2021 at midnight
Employment Type
Fixed Term Appointment - Fair and Open

We are currently seeking applications for an Environmental Toxicologist within the Marine Scotland Science division based in Aberdeen. This is a Fixed Term 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.

The main role of this post is to undertake analyses of the biological effects of contaminants in fish and shellfish in support of Marine Scotland work areas such as pollution incident response and environmental monitoring and assessments for OSPAR and the EU Marine Strategy Framework Directive. The post holder will ensure their work complies with MS Quality System requirements, including ISO-17025 Accreditation where applicable. The post holder may contribute to the publication of their work through statistical data analysis, drafting of reports / papers, and by delivering posters and oral presentations as may be required. The post holder will participate in environmental sampling including shoreline sampling for mussels and dogwhelks.

The Marine Environmental Assessment Group is part of the Environment Monitoring and Assessment programme and sits within the Marine Planning, Energy and Environment Science Network of Marine Scotland Science. The Marine Environmental Assessment Group provides advice and undertakes monitoring of the marine environment, including measurements of contaminant concentrations in sediment, fish and water, of the effects of contaminant exposure upon wildlife, and undertakes assessments of environmental status. The Group is also responsible for the provision of data in support of Marine Scotland Science's response to acute pollution incidents and spills.

Would you like to work in a laboratory based role, contributing towards long term environmental monitoring data sets? Do you have good analytical laboratory techniques which are transferrable to biological effects analyses? Do you have excellent communication skills with experience in validation and data analysis? If the answers to the above are yes, then this exciting opportunity to join the Scottish Government could be for you.

Qualifications Required

Must hold a BSc or equivalent work experience in relevant scientific discipline (e.g. molecular biology, biochemistry, environmental chemistry).

Other qualifications equivalent to these may also be acceptable, if you are in any doubt please contact to discuss.

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. Previous experience in a relevant scientific discipline (e.g. molecular biology, biochemistry, environmental chemistry).
2. Good laboratory skills (e.g. clean working techniques) gained whilst undertaking microscopic, molecular biological, or biochemical analyses.
3. Good level of numeracy with experience of using statistical analyses to understand and interpret datasets.
4. Good communication skills (written and verbal) and the ability to work within a team to achieve objectives.

Applicants who are EU Nationals

Any applicant with, or applying for, EU Settled Status, must provide one of the following;
• If you have already been given Settled Status, please e-mail evidence of this to recruitment@gov.scot when you submit your application.
• If you have applied for Settled Status and are awaiting a decision, please e-mail recruitment@gov.scot confirming this when you submit your application.
• Failure to provide this information or a suitable alternative evidencing your right to work in the UK will result in your application being automatically rejected.

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 Hannah Anderson on 0131 244 4209 or by email at hannah.anderson@gov.scot.

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 as well as a personal device of choice with an account registered to the 'Webex' app by which you can 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 to undertake the interview. This will then ensure that there are no issues incurred during the interview.

If you experience any difficulties accessing our website or completing the online application form, please contact the resourcing team by email at recruitment@gov.scot.


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