• Placement Reference #: EQU/2020/025
  • Careerwise Placement
  • Aberdeen

Website Marine Scotland

Marine Scotland is responsible for the integrated management of Scotland’s seas. Its purpose is to manage Scotland’s seas for prosperity and environmental sustainability, working closely with our key delivery partners and others.

Job title: Oceanographer I

Department: Oceanography Group, Marine Scotland Science

Location: Marine Laboratory, Aberdeen                                 

Duration: 3 months

Salary:  Approximately £1,610 per month (equivalent to A3 grade)

Placement Ref: EQU/2020/025                  

 

Basic purpose of the placement and its primary objectives  

In its recent special report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change states that the oxygen levels in the upper ocean are declining due to global warming.

As part of its offshore monitoring programme, Marine Scotland Science (MSS) regularly collects ship-based measurements of water properties in Scottish seas.  These data are collected by lowering a profiling instrument package to the sea bed, measuring  temperature and salinity, as well as taking discrete samples throughout the water column for laboratory analyses.  The data collection also includes measurements of oxygen concentrations in the water, using an electro-chemical sensor and from titration of discrete samples.

The primary objective of this project is to work with the Oceanography Group at MSS to analyse the oxygen observations collected as part of the offshore monitoring programme.  Specifically, the project will focus on identifying the oxygen concentrations of key water masses in the Northern North Sea and Faroe-Shetland Channel, as well as investigating whether the global trend in declining oxygen levels due to global warming is also observed in the coastal and oceanic waters around Scotland.

This project will give the successful applicant experience in analysing large datasets and computer programming, as well as working in a government scientific research institute. They will gain insight into the oceanographic conditions around Scotland, and will improve our understanding of changing oxygen concentrations in our region of interest.

Main duties:

The job holder will be expected to collate all oxygen observations and compile a summary of the data availability.  Following on from this, the job holder will be expected to analyse the spatial and temporal coverage of observations and investigate how oxygen concentrations vary in space and time.  The job holder will be expected to extract time series of oxygen concentrations for key water masses.

Knowledge and skills required:

Essential:

  • Experience of data analysis and statistical methods
  • Studying a relevant scientific discipline
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Good numerical skills and attention to detail
  • Strong analytical skills and able to interpret and present data

Desirable:

  • Experience of data analysis in Matlab, R, Python or similar coding environment
  • Studying oceanographic or atmospheric sciences

 

Person skills:

Capable of working independently and as part of a team

Working conditions:  

The suggested project will be based at Marine Scotland Science (Aberdeen) and most of the work will take place in an office environment (Aberdeen). The successful applicant will work closely with members of the Oceanography group at Marine Scotland Science and will gain an insight into working for a scientific institute which is part of a government department. 

Person Specification 

 EssentialDesirable
Education/Qualifications

 

Studying a relevant numerate scientific discipline.Studying marine science, oceanography, mathematics, physics, environmental or atmospheric sciences
ExperienceExperience of data analysis and statistical methods

Good numerical skills and attention to detail

Strong analytical skills and able to interpret and present data

Experience of data analysis in Matlab, R, Python or similar coding environment
Skills/Personal Requirements Communication and interpersonal skills

 Closing date: January 14th 2020