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Vacancy: HGV Driver / Handyperson (closing date 17 December)

Tue, 2018-11-20 10:00

We are currently seeking applications for a Driver / Handyperson at Marine Scotland (MS) Marine Laboratory, 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.

The post is part of the Ships and Logistics Group, which supports the work of MS’s scientific programme. The post will provide logistical support during loading and unloading of MS ships, including HGV driving, transit van, on-site forklift operations and cover for MS Deliveries / Stores.

Qualifications Required
For jobs in Bands A, you must hold a minimum of 5 Standard Grades (grades 1-3) or Ordinary Grades (grades A-C) including English and a numerical subject.

Other qualifications equivalent to these may also be acceptable, if you are in any doubt please contact the Resourcing Officer named at the end of this advert to discuss.

Essential Criteria

  1. UK driving licence including categories B, categories C + E (HGV).
  2. Good interpersonal, networking and team working skills.
  3. The ability to organise and prioritise workload.
  4. To be willing and able to attain a licence in driving licence categories BE and D1 and undertake CPC, forklift driving and banksman training.

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 Frances Mackay who can be reached at Frances Mackay or 01312442500.

If you experience any difficulties accessing our website or completing the online application form, please contact the resourcing team on 01312445597 or via recruitment@gov.scot.

Further information for this job

 

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Researching Blue Carbon – meet Hannah Lee

Fri, 2018-11-16 10:00

A new Scottish Government funded research programme into Blue Carbon began earlier this year as part of a commitment in the 2017-2018 Programme for Government.  The current focus revolves around measuring the ability of various habitats to sequester carbon, understanding how it is stored for the long term, and building an evidence base on the effects that human activities may have on these process.  To support the programme, the Scottish Government has sponsored a number of PhD students and Marine Scotland has just established the Scottish Blue Carbon Forum (SBCF), which will be made up of the students and supervisors of the studies, as well as external stakeholders and Scottish Government climate change colleagues.

In this series of seven blogs, we will be introducing you to each of the seven students and letting them tell you more about their work.

Next up, Hannah Lee.

Hannah Lee

My name is Hannah Lee, I have a background in Marine Biology and Zoology, having loved all things ocean since a very young age! The focus of my PhD, is looking at ecosystems service provision by shellfish, specifically bivalves, in terms of water quality management and the function of shellfish beds as blue carbon stores, otherwise known as: Blue carbon of shellfish beds – Unlocking the vaults of biogenic reefs.

To understand the function of a shellfish bed as a blue carbon store I am working to identify the ‘jigsaw pieces’ that recycle carbon within a bed. These components can be broken down into biodeposition (waste material production), respiration (energy and CO2 production) and calcification (the growth of the animal’s shell). By developing our understanding of the real-time rates of the for mentioned we can begin to understand how beds capture, release or store carbon. In addition to this, I will also be surveying shellfish beds to estimate the amount of carbon currently stored, by comparing this to our real-time measurements I will try to understand how shellfish carbon stores change over time.

Having been in post for 6 months, I am currently in the process of building a strong background to my work, planning my studies and conducting pilot experiments to better understand the methods I plan to use. As a PhD student working with the Dornoch Environmental Enhancement Project (DEEP), I have also been conducting reconnaissance diving trips in the Dornoch Firth to understand the working conditions of the dive sites.

A primary aim of my research is to consider the ‘shellfish carbon jigsaw’ at a seasonal scale, running experiments every few months. My research will be conducted through experiments both in the field (by diver deployment in the Dornoch Firth), and in the lab (at St Abbs Marine Station). ‘Biodeposition units’ (pictured) will be deployed into the Dornoch Firth to look at real-time biodeposition rates, this can then be compared to the carbon we observe stored in a known bed. In the near future, I will also be deploying an experiment to look at growth and calcification of the native oyster and the blue mussel under different flow conditions in the Dornoch Firth. This will involve a range of techniques from carbon processing and photography to setting shells in resin and sectioning them to look at internal growth bands to estimate growth rates, to understand the relationship between growth and release of CO2 over the deployment period.

Meanwhile, facilities at the St Abbs Marine Station will be utilised on a seasonal basis to capture the variation in the three components of the jigsaw across the year. Looking at calcification, respiration and biodeposition rates using natural water from St Abbs Bay, under realistic flow settings. Improving our understanding of bivalve beds as blue carbon stores allows us to calculate a worth of such ecosystems when considering restoration and management.

Hannah Lee

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Sampling in the Strata

Wed, 2018-11-14 14:39

Survey: 1718S MRV Scotia Programme

Duration: 12 November – 4 December 2018

Fishing Gear: GOV (Grand Overture Verticale) Trawl (BT137) and ground gear D (hoppers).

Objectives:
  1. Participate in the ICES co-ordinated western division demersal trawling survey.
  2. Obtain temperature and salinity data profiles at each trawling position.
  3. Collect additional biological data in connection with the EU Data Collection Framework (DCF).
  4. Retrieval of Compass moorings deployed during previous survey.
Procedures:

MRV Scotia set sail on 12 November to commence fishing operations on stations to the west of the Orkneys.  Survey schedule and operations will be decided by the Scientist-in-Charge (SiC) after daily consultation with the Fishing Master and the Captain.  A half-landing with be made around 24 November, to exchange staff, but the date and port will be confirmed once operations are fully underway.

Trawling:

This is a random-stratified survey design with trawl stations distributed within twelve predefined strata covering the sampling area (Figure 1). A more detailed map showing the Clyde trawl stations, in relation to the underwater cable installed in 2017, is provided in Figure 2. A total of 60 primary and 38 secondary stations have been generated. 60 trawls will be undertaken on suitable ground as near to the primary sampling positions (Table 1) as is practicable, and where possible within a radius of five nautical miles (nm) of the sampling position.

In the event that trawling is not possible within 5 nm of any primary station then the nearest appropriate secondary station will be used. Hauls will be of 30 minutes duration unless circumstances dictate otherwise. Where possible, fishing operations will be restricted to daylight hours. Exact start and finish times will vary slightly according to geographical location.

The Scanmar system will be used to monitor the headline height, wing spread and door spread for each haul. Bottom contact data from each trawl will also be collected using the NOAA bottom contact sensor, which will be mounted on a bar in the middle of the ground-gear. In addition to the routine sampling, biological data will be collected for target species in line with the EU data regulation.

Fish Sampling:

All fish will be processed in accordance with the protocols as described in the Manual of the IBTS North Eastern Atlantic Surveys. Series of ICES Survey Protocols SISP 15. 92 pp.

Hydrography Sampling:

Conductivity Temperature Depth (CTD) casts will be taken at each trawl station, weather permitting.

Compass Moorings:

During the survey two days will be allocated to the retrieval of six acoustic moorings deployed during previous surveys. An acoustic release system will be deployed from the vessels side deck to trigger each mooring. A map displaying the mooring locations, together with their positions, is provided in Figure 3.

Further Information and Maps: Figure 1 (below): Trawl Locations for Survey 1718S 

Note – tow positions for each core station (solid circle) and alternative/additional positions (empty circles) will be added as time allows.

Figure 1 1718S trawl locations

Figure 2 (below): Detailed Map showing Clyde Stations (in relation to cable installed in 2017).

Note – The blue line shows the location of the deep-water cable installed in 2017 and the red dotted line shows the ± 1.5 nmi safety area around the cable.

1718S Figure 2 Detailed map showing Clyde stations in relation to cable installed in 2017

Figure 3 (below): Location and Position of Compass Moorings 1718S Figure 3 Location and position of Compass moorings Table 1 (below): Position of Primary Sampling Stations for Survey 1718S

Table 1 1718S – Position of primary sampling stations

 

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Vacancy: Assistant Marine Chemist, Aberdeen, closing date 5th December

Mon, 2018-11-12 11:35

We are currently seeking applications for an Assistant Marine Chemist within the Environment Monitoring and Assessment programme 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.

The role of this post is to undertake trace metal analyses of sediment and biota in support of Marine Scotland priority work areas such as marine renewable energy, marine licensing, and environmental assessments for the Marine Strategy Framework Directive and OSPAR.  In addition the post holder will provide support to the microplastic monitoring and research, contributing to the processing of environmental samples for the separation and identification of microplastics.

Qualifications Required:

For jobs in Band A, you must hold a minimum of 5 Standard Grades (grades 1 – 3) or Ordinary Grades (A-C) including English and a numerical subject.

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. Basic laboratory skills.
  2. Organisational skills, have the ability to plan and organise work to meet agreed deadlines.
  3. An ability to follow written and verbal instructions and work accurately.
  4. Knowledge and understanding of use of Word, Excel.

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 Dr Lynda Webster who can be reached at Lynda.Webster@gov.scot or 0131 244 3798

If you experience any difficulties accessing our website or completing the online application form, please contact the Resourcing Team on 0131 244 7397 or via recruitment@gov.scot.

Further information for this job:

Assistant Marine Chemist Person Specification

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Researching Blue Carbon – meet Allan Audsley

Fri, 2018-11-09 10:00

A new Scottish Government funded research programme into Blue Carbon began earlier this year as part of a commitment in the 2017-2018 Programme for Government.  The current focus revolves around measuring the ability of various habitats to sequester carbon, understanding how it is stored for the long term, and building an evidence base on the effects that human activities may have on these process.  To support the programme, the Scottish Government has sponsored a number of PhD students and Marine Scotland has just established the Scottish Blue Carbon Forum (SBCF), which will be made up of the students and supervisors of the studies, as well as external stakeholders and Scottish Government climate change colleagues.

In this series of seven blogs, we will be introducing you to each of the seven students and letting them tell you more about their work.

Next up, Allan Audsley.

Allan Audsley

My PhD project, funded by the Marine Alliance for Science and Technology Scotland (MASTS) and Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH), is jointly supervised by Dr Tom Bradwell (Stirling), Dr John Howe (SAMS) and Prof. John Baxter (SNH). Pockmarks are formed due to mobile fluids within the sediment rising and entering the water column. Within this fluid, gases such as methane and carbon dioxide can be dissolved or exist as free gas bubbles. This gas was formed through microbial activity breaking down the organic matter that was deposited over thousands of years; this is referred to as ‘blue carbon’. Pockmarks represent an important marker for sites of blue carbon and act as gateways for it to re-enter the carbon cycle. However, the spatial distribution and activity status of pockmarks in Scottish waters is currently unknown. My PhD project aims to determine the morphological characteristics of pockmarks within fjordic settings around Scotland’s west coast in order to determine pockmark significance towards the carbon budget.

Hundreds of these pockmarks have been observed within sea lochs across western Scotland, many of which are over a hundred metres in diameter and up to seventeen metres deep. Pockmarks can be found either forming in long linear strings or in what appears to be random scatterings. Due to this wide variety in shape, size and distribution patterns it is essential to research how they are classified. The shape and size are a result of pockmark activity and the environment they have formed in. By investigating these factors we can begin to shed light on the formation of these features.

Seismic surveys carried out across Scottish inshore waters can allow us to study the sedimentological structure of the seabed. It is within these records that we can also observe gas, which has a variety of acoustic signatures. It has been shown that the variety of these signatures can show differences in how the gas is distributed in the sediment. Research into the distribution of gas rich sediment and the geological history of the region will help to not only quantify the free gas present within Scottish waters but to also build a picture of the formation mechanisms and history of pockmark activity.

Scotland’s fjords and sea lochs represent very important sites of sub-seafloor shallow gas and mobile fluids. The seafloor around Western Scotland has been shown to be a significant reservoir for stored ‘blue carbon’. Pockmarks are the clearest seafloor expression of geologically recent fluid escape from the subsurface to the ocean. This research will go towards furthering our understanding of the Scottish/ global carbon cycles. Other stakeholders also have an interest in this research: especially regarding the designation of marine protected areas; the siting of offshore infrastructure; and the biodiversity of benthic fauna.

Allan Audsley

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Celebrating the Year of the Engineer with a closer look at our ships

Tue, 2018-11-06 10:00

As we mentioned in our blog in January, 2018 is the Year of the Engineer as well as the Year of the Young Person. Over the course of the year, we’ve been introducing you to some of our incredibly talented engineers, as well as showing your some of their work.

This month, as the penultimate blog, we’re doing something a bit different and taking you through a bit of a photo album to share some proper heavy engineering metal with you. But just before we get started, for those of you in the Edinburgh area, we’ve got an exhibition running until January at the Scottish Seabird Centre in North Berwick, which showcases our Marine Protection Vessels. There are photographs, videos, uniforms, a model ship and instructions of how to build your own Lego fleet.

But let’s be clear – being a ship engineer involves more than Lego. It involves knowing your way around this kind of thing – a propeller shaft and hub:

Propellor shaft and hub

But what else do our marine engineer have to look after? To give you an idea, here are some pictures taken during one of our refits. Just like you MOT a car, we have to do the same with our ships, called a refit. Every 2 years our ships are taken in to dry dock where the hulls are washed and painted, propellers polished, and general under water hull condition inspected.

Survey and maintenance of larger components such as the gear box, propulsion motors, diesel generators, alternators, bow and stern thrusters, auxiliary pumps and electrical switch gear is also carried out during this time to ensure they are, literally, ship shape and safe to be at sea.

Our engineers play a key role during re-fit because of their expertise and knowledge of the ships workings, as well as their range of skills. Without engineers, our ships wouldn’t run, so they need to know their way around things like the ship’s hull:

Paint stripping the hull

In the photo above the ships old paint system was completely removed to allow a new slick paint system to be applied. The new paint is designed to last considerably longer than the old system and reduce fuel consumption.

Main Diesel Engines Wartsila20 1600KW

Wartsilla diesel engine

Ships engineers carry out the routine servicing of the generator engines at sea but major engine overhauls and class surveys are carried out every 5 years whilst in refit. Ships engineers supervise and assist the engine manufacturers service engineers during the work.

Maintenance undertaken includes cylinder head overhaul, fuel injection pump overhaul, piston and liner cleaning and inspection, turbocharger overhaul, bottom end and main bearing inspection, camshaft inspection, auxiliary water, fuel and lube oil pump overhauls, inspection of all cooling water passages, TV damper inspection and calibration of all parts to ensure the engine is fit to run for another 5 years.

Switchboards

Switchboard

Engineers carry out routine maintenance and inspection work on the ships 660V, 415V, 240V and 24VDC transformers, switchboards and switch gear.

When in refit the vessel is powered from a shore supply so the ships systems can be shut down and isolated, which is much safer and easier to do than when the vessel is afloat in service.

Work carried out – which is a mix of planned maintenance and 5 yearly survey work – includes checking terminal tightness and bus bar connections, inspection of cabling for overheating, checking cable insulation resistance,  inspection and cleaning of the transformers and switchboard cubicles. Engineers also supervise shore contractors who service and test the main circuit breakers and  control systems.

Chief Engineers are qualified to work on high voltage systems, which is any voltage over 1000V. Yikes!

Propulsion motors and gearboxes

Propulsion motors and gearboxes

As we mentioned above, a mix of routine planned maintenance and survey work is carried out when the ships systems are shut down.

Jobs include laser alignment checks of the main propulsion motor couplings, internal inspection of the gearbox to check the condition and wear patterns on the teeth, visual inspection of the structure, inspection of clutches and bearings. The propulsion motors are inspected internally, sometimes using an endoscope,  to ensure the stator and armature are in good condition. Electrical tests are carried out to check the wiring insulation. Motor bearings are changed when required.

The engineers in the photo above can be seen removing the flexible coupling element between the propulsion motor and the gear box input shaft prior to removing the motor output shaft coupling to allow motor bearing replacement.

Routine propulsion motor bearing replacement

Routine propulsion motor bearing replacement

In the photograph above ships engineers can be seen assisting the shore contractor during the routine propulsion motor bearing replacement.

Due to the compactness of the motor room, the motor had to be raised to ensure the output shaft was clear of the gearbox input shaft to allow the coupling hub to be removed. Once the hub was removed the motor end shields were unbolted and removed to allow access to the bearings.

What you can’t see here is that it took the engineers 4 days to prepare the surrounding area prior to the contractor arriving to carry out the motor maintenance. Walkways around the gearbox and motors had to be removed, along with the deck head panels, ventilation trunking and associated pipe work which was in the way. Additional lifting points also had to be welded in place above the motor.

Main genset cylinder heads

Main genset cylinder heads

Large parts such as the main genset cylinder heads are very heavy.

The ship is fitted with a telescopic hi-ab crane which can reach into the engine room via a large hatch to lift out heavy items when required.

TIG welding

TIG welding

Ships engineers not only have to be competent in mechanical and electrical overhauls of the ships machinery, they also are trained in welding (TIG, MIG, Arc and brazing), fitting and turning. The ships are fitted with a well-equipped workshop with machinery such as a milling machine and lathe. A vast array of power and hand tools are also neatly stored in the workshop. As the vessel can operate 250 miles out in the North Sea, engineers can usually make or repair parts in an emergency to get the vessel back to port where permanent repairs can be carried out.

It does means working at sea for three weeks at a time, but you must admit. It does look like fun!

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Researching Blue Carbon – meet Corallie Hunt

Fri, 2018-11-02 14:00

A new Scottish Government funded research programme into Blue Carbon began earlier this year as part of a commitment in the 2017-2018 Programme for Government.  The current focus revolves around measuring the ability of various habitats to sequester carbon, understanding how it is stored for the long term, and building an evidence base on the effects that human activities may have on these process.  To support the programme, the Scottish Government has sponsored a number of PhD students and Marine Scotland has just established the Scottish Blue Carbon Forum (SBCF), which will be made up of the students and supervisors of the studies, as well as external stakeholders and Scottish Government climate change colleagues.

In this series of seven blogs, we will be introducing you to each of the seven students and letting them tell you more about their work.

First up, Corallie Hunt.

A National Inventory of Sedimentary Blue Carbon on the Scottish Continental Shelf

Loch Creran

Figure 1: Loch Creran, Argyll, Scotland

The marine environment plays a key role in the global carbon cycle.

The oceans contain approximately 50 times more carbon than the atmosphere and are the largest carbon sink on Earth.

Recent studies have highlighted so-called ‘blue carbon’ ecosystems, coastal, vegetated habitats, as having a valuable role in sequestration and storage of atmospheric CO2.

Additionally, marine sediments are considered as long-term stores of carbon. Although, sediments do not actively draw-down CO2 from the atmosphere in the same way, if undisturbed they can store carbon-rich matter that has settled out of the water column for millennia.

A recent SNH-commissioned report brought to life the wealth of Scotland’s blue carbon resources in coastal habitats and offshore waters. It recommended that further research be undertaken to improve our understanding of the role of sedimentary carbon within the global carbon cycle.

My PhD research focuses on the sedimentary carbon store on the Scottish Continental Shelf (SCS). Covering an estimated area of 470,000 km2 the SCS has a very diverse seabed, which has been heavily influenced by past glacial conditions.

Acoustic backscatter data using a multi-beam echosounder from Loch Creran highlighting the variability in sediment type

Acoustic backscatter data using a multi-beam echosounder from Loch Creran highlighting the variability in sediment type

Spatial mapping will play an integral component to understanding where organic carbon is likely to be found and to create a first-order estimation of the carbon stock.

I am currently focussing on Loch Creran, a sea-loch, or fjord, on the west coast of Scotland (Figure 1, above). Fjords are natural sinks of marine and terrestrial carbon due to their proximity to land and geomorphology, trapping settling sediments in over-deepened glacial basins.

A recent acoustic survey shows the surficial sediments to be heterogeneous which implies that not all sediments in Loch Creran are equal.

I am developing a methodology using acoustic backscatter (‘sound’), sea-bed imagery (‘sight’) and optimised grab sampling (‘touch’) to determine the effectiveness of using acoustics to predict carbon storage within surficial sediments.

Due to the relationship between sediment-type and sound-reflection, multi-beam acoustic systems are used to characterise the seabed. Carbon storage is related to sediment grain size; fine-grained sediments generally have higher contents of organic matter. Using these relationships, I am trying to determine whether a correlation between acoustic data and organic carbon content exists.

The outcomes of this project should improve our ability to predict and spatially map the surface sedimentary carbon store in Loch Creran, which may be used to inform carbon vulnerability studies and marine management planning. If successful, this method could be applied to improving spatial mapping in similar environments or potentially upscaled to cover larger areas, for instance on the Continental Shelf.

Corallie Hunt

Further Information

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Fishing Gear and Flying Kites

Thu, 2018-11-01 12:37

Survey: 1618S MRV Scotia Programme

Duration: 28 October – 08 November 2018

Objectives:
  1. To carryout catch comparison trials to compare the fishing performance of the BT237 against the standard survey trawl BT137 GOV rigged with ‘A’ gear.
  2. To assess the fishing performance, in terms of gear geometry, of the new Vonin ‘Flyer’ kite as a replacement for the standard metal kite used with BT137.
Procedures: General

The fishing gear will be loaded aboard and rigged prior to the start of the survey. The BT137 with ground gear ‘A’ will be rigged on the top net drum and the BT237 trawl rigged on the lower net drum. The polyvalent doors will be used with both trawls throughout the survey, spare set stored on the upper castles. Scotia will sail on 28 October and make passage for the Moray Firth where shakedown hauls will be made with both trawls.

Thereafter, and weather permitting, the vessel will proceed north to fishing grounds East of the Orkneys or Shetland Islands.

Fishing

The main objective of the survey is to compare the fishing performance between BT137 and BT237 using the alternate haul method (Objective 1). Catch comparison hauls will consist of 15 minute to 30 minute tows depending on fish species mix on the grounds. The hauls will be paired (BT137 v BT237 or BT237 v BT137) and both paired hauls must run along the same fishing track. The aim to keep the pattern, timing and environmental factors (daylight/dark periods) as constant as possible between the first and second tow in each set of paired hauls.

During the survey gear geometry data and underwater observation using a self-recording camera will be made to assess the performance of the new ‘Flyer’ plastic kite attached to BT137 (Objective 2).

Fishing Gear:
  • BT137 GOV (Grand Overture Verticale) trawl rigged with ground gear ‘A’.
  • BT237 (Jackson trawl) rigged with light hopper rig (300mm and 250mm discs).
  • Two sets GOV polyvalent trawl doors.
  • Two Vonin ‘Flyer’ plastic kites.
Further Information:

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Vacancy – Senior Aquatic Epidemiological Modeller (closing date 20 November)

Mon, 2018-10-29 10:00

We are currently seeking applications for a Senior Aquatic Epidemiological modeller within the Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries 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.

Marine Scotland requires a modeller to provide insights required to develop effective controls on disease and parasites of fish and shellfish.  Particular concerns are with sea lice and gill diseases of marine farmed salmon, but priorities change as problems are solved or new diseases emerge.  Modelling dispersal processes over areas is a particular focus of our research to support healthy salmon.

Qualifications Required
For jobs in Band B & C you must hold a minimum of 3 Highers or equivalent.

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. An excellent background in biological, veterinary, and/or epidemiological principles to higher degree level, or equivalent experience and a good experience of using numerical (mathematics, statistics, modelling) methods).
2. An excellent understanding of the principles of modelling and flexibility to learn new techniques.
3. Evidence of effective oral and written communication skills, with the ability to communicate confidently within a team and to diverse audiences including policy and scientific audiences and readers.
4. Strong IT skills with an ability to programme (preferably in R) and a good working knowledge of Microsoft Office, particularly Word and Excel.

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 Sandy Murray who can be reached at sandy.murray@gov.scot or 0131 244 4327.

If you experience any difficulties accessing our website or completing the online application form, please contact the resourcing team on 0131 244 7719 or via recruitment@gov.scot.

Further information for this job

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Vacancy – Marine Ornithologist (closing date 20 November)

Fri, 2018-10-26 10:00

We are currently seeking applications for a Marine Ornithologist within Marine Scotland Science based in Aberdeen. This is fixed term appointment and pensionable appointment until 31st March 2022 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.

You will work within the INTERREG VA funded MarPAMM project focussing on delivery of the work package titled “Seabird Monitoring”. This will deliver seabird population viability analyses and pressure mapping, and expert input into: development of the seabird census; monitoring and tracking tender specifications; provision of access to Vessel Management System (VMS) data to project partners; writing of technical and non-technical reports; dissemination of project methods and findings to relevant industry, policy and technical stakeholders; and participation in contract steering groups. The post holder will be required to work collaboratively with other institutions, requiring a strong outward focus, excellent communication skills, travel within the UK and overseas, and an ability to work well with a range of different colleagues.

Qualifications Required
You will be expected to hold a relevant university degree. Other qualifications equivalent to these may also be acceptable, if you are in any doubt please contact the Resourcing Officer named at the end of this advert to discuss.

Essential Criteria
1. A good understanding of seabird biology including undertaking seabird monitoring or tracking fieldwork.
2. Demonstrable data analysis and statistical skills, including use of specialist statistical software, such as R.
3. The ability to work independently with good organisational skills and effectively manage projects.
4. Excellent written and oral communication skills, with the ability to explain scientific concepts to varied audiences.

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 Finlay Bennet who can be reached at finlay.bennet@gov.scot or 0131 244 2647.

If you experience any difficulties accessing our website or completing the online application form, please contact Angela McLachlan on 0131 244 4682 or angela.mclachlan@gov.scot.

Further information 

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Vacancies – Marine Licensing Casework Manager and Officer (closing date 19 November 2018)

Wed, 2018-10-24 17:02

We are currently seeking applications for a Marine Licensing Casework Manager  and Marine Licensing Casework Officer within the Marine Scotland – Licensing Operations Team 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.

Marine Licensing Casework Manager 

The job holder will co-ordinate the application process for marine licences (under the Marine (Scotland) Act 2010, part 4 – Marine Licensing) and S36 consents (under the Electricity Act 1989), providing advice to applicants, liaising with statutory and non-statutory consultees and issuing appropriately conditioned marine licences.

Qualifications Required
For jobs in Band B & C you must hold a minimum of 3 Highers or equivalent.
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.

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Marine Licensing Casework Officer

The job holder will co-ordinate the application process for marine licences (under the Marine (Scotland) Act 2010, part 4 – Marine Licensing) and S36 consents (under the Electricity Act 1989), providing advice to applicants, liaising with statutory and non-statutory consultees and issuing appropriately conditioned marine licences.

Qualifications Required
For jobs in Band B & C you must hold a minimum of 3 Highers or equivalent.
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.

Read more….

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Oil and Gas Pipeline Survey

Tue, 2018-10-23 10:00

Survey: MRV Scotia 1518S

Duration: 18 –  24 October 2018

 

Equipment: Day grabs; TV drop frame with lasers; armoured cable; SVP; swathe multibeam echosounder system; EK 60; CTD; VMADCP and time lapse cameras.

 

Objectives:

  1. To assess the hydrographic influences on the aggregation of fish around surface laid oil and gas pipelines.
  1. To assess the handling and performance of a benthic time lapse camera.

 

Procedure:

MRV Scotia will depart from Aberdeen Harbour at 08:00 on 18 October and after all drills have been performed the vessel will proceed to the agreed survey start point.  The nature of the survey work will be heavily dependent on the prevailing weather conditions encountered.  The survey techniques are no different to previous surveys conducted by MSS using MRV Scotia.  The proposed survey is based on two parts:

 

  • The deployment and recovery of time lapse camera for the duration of the survey; and
  • The collection of fisheries acoustic data over 24 hour periods from a pipeline station.

 

Time Lapse Camera: The time lapse cameras will be placed on the seabed at the beginning of the survey at Station 9.  On completion of the survey, the cameras will be recovered on board the vessel.

 

EK60, CTD and VM-ADCP: The collection of fisheries acoustic data will involve two parallel transects 1 to 2 km in length running perpendicular to a pipeline (Figure 1).  Survey speeds during when collecting EK60 and VM-ADCP data will be 8 knots and 4 knots respectively.  Each survey will be conducted on different days.

 

During the collection of VM-ADCP data, CTD measurements will be made every 4 hours at the ends and centre point of a transect.  Water samples will also be collected to enable the calibration of the fluorescence detector on the CTD.  While transiting between CTD stations the EK60 will be switched off and the VM-ADCP used to collect water column current data.  The pipelines of interest are annotated in Figure 1.

 

Multibeam and Seabed Video footage: A sound velocity profile (SVP) will be collected 500 m outside of the survey location.  On completion of the SVP, MRV Scotia will complete a multibeam swathe along the length of the targeted pipeline. Survey speed will be 4 knots.  The output will be checked for any anomalous features that could interact with other survey equipment.  If features are identified MRV Scotia will relocate in the immediate area and repeat the multibeam swathe along the pipeline until a suitable length of pipeline is identified.

 

The multibeam data will be assessed to identify changes in the seabed substrate.  The substrates will be ground-truthed using a drop-frame camera.  The drop-frame will be deployed 500 m from the pipeline off the stern of the vessel using an armoured cable.  The drop-frame will be kept at 1.5 m above the seabed/pipeline and towed using the vessel’s bow thrusters at a speed of 1 knot or less (0.5 m per second) on a course perpendicular to the pipeline.  Video capability on the drop-frame will be forward looking and vertically mounted. It will also have a transponder enabling its position to be monitored and recorded.  The maximum time spent transecting the pipeline will be less than 5 seconds.

 

Multibeam transects will be run parallel and perpendicular to the pipeline to collect backscatter water column data for assessing the dimensions of fish aggregations.

On completion of the survey work, MRV Scotia will return to Aberdeen Harbour for unloading on 24 October.

 

Figure 1 showing a schematic diagram of the survey design for collecting fisheries acoustic data, VM-ADCP data and CTD data over a 24 hour period.

Figure 2 shows the stations 4 and 9 that will be surveyed during survey 1518S

Further Information:

 

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Clyde 2020

Mon, 2018-10-22 10:00

Survey: 1618A MRV Alba na Mara Programme

Duration: 19–23 October 2018

Objectives:

  1. To determine the concentrations of floating microplastics in the vicinity of Loch Long, Loch Goil and the Clyde Estuary.
  2. To determine the concentrations of microplastics within the sediment in the vicinity of Loch Long, Loch Goil and the Clyde Estuary.

 

Procedure:

Scientific staff will join Alba na Mara (pm) on 18 October in Greenock. The vessel will sail the following morning, weather permitting.

Figure 1 shows the approximate tracks along which the microplastics sampling catamaran will be towed.  Tows on both states of the tide (flood and ebb) will be attempted during the course of the survey.

Grab samples will be collected at stations along Loch Long and Loch Goil at approximately the locations seen in Figure 2.

Additional sediment and tow sampling will be performed in the general vicinity if time permits.

Samples we be collected, archived and returned to the Marine Laboratory Aberdeen.

Figure 1. The image above shows the approximate survey tracks along which the towed microplastics net will be used.

Figure 2. The image above shows the approximate survey locations of grab samples.

 

Further Information:

 

 

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Celebrating Science and Year of the Young Person with Alistair McCartney

Thu, 2018-10-18 10:00

2018 is both the Year of the Engineer and the Year of the Young Person – and this blog is about one of our many colleagues who are inspiring the next generation with their Outreach work.

This month we read about Alistair McCartney who is a Laboratory Manager in our Freshwater Fisheries Laboratory in Pitlochry.

Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Alistair McCartney, my job title is Laboratory Manager and I work in the Freshwater Environment Group within the Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries Programme of Marine Scotland Science (MSS) . I manage the chemistry laboratories at the Freshwater Fisheries Laboratory (FFL) in Pitlochry and I am responsible for the data collection of the Scotland River Temperature Monitoring Network (SRTMN). I am also the Outreach Coordinator at FFL.

Why is what you do important?
The importance of my job has always been related to data quality, through the adherence to standard protocols in the collection of data in the field, achieving UKAS accreditation for chemical analyses and quality control of temperature data associated with the SRTMN. Good quality data are fundamental to the production of robust science which underpins the advice that MSS provides to Scottish Government.

My role in outreach is to highlight the importance and variety of work which MSS carries out. Outreach activities I have coordinated serve to inform, educate and engage with a variety of audiences e.g. through open days, work placements, career fairs, school visits etc. I have learnt, through my role in outreach, that MSS and the organisation to whom we are outreaching both benefit from our engagement. Personally these benefits are not only the successful delivery of an event but also the networking with colleagues and the camaraderie that is generated by a common purpose.

 

What’s your career path been – how did you get here?
I came to the Laboratory in June 1989, straight from what was then known as Napier College, to work on a 6 month contract on the Surface Water Acidification Programme. When this programme was completed I worked on another contract, the UK Acid Water Monitoring Network. In these early years I spent a lot of my time carrying out fieldwork and chemical analyses. In 1999 my position within the Freshwater Environment Group was made permanent and by the mid 2000’s I was given the responsibility of managing the chemistry laboratories within the Salmon and Freshwater Fisheries Programme.

If you weren’t doing this, what do you think you’d be doing instead?
If I hadn’t come to Pitlochry when I did I would have considered further study, but after 5 years at Napier I preferred the option of earning some money and was looking at other careers in the water industry.

What’s your favourite fishy fact?
The fishy related fact which I like best is that beavers do not eat salmon!!

And what about one fun fact about you?
I am a keen fisherman and when fishing on a Halladale loch I caught a small brown trout, having briefly admired its markings, I returned it to the water. Whilst unhooking the fish I realised I had left my other flies trailing in the water and, on lifting the rod to commence fishing, I discovered that I had caught another fish. Examining this fish I realised that it was in fact the fish I had just returned. Could this be the shortest catch and release to recapture in history?

Further Information

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Water Sampling for Long-Term Monitoring – An Update 09/10/18

Tue, 2018-10-16 13:58

Scotia left harbour at 09:00 on Friday 5 October. Our first objective was to deploy the Conductivity, Temperature and Depth (CTD) profiler at 18 stations along a line at 57° N going west from the Scottish East Coast to 2°E.  Along with salinity (conductivity) and temperature, we measured dissolved oxygen, turbidity and fluorescence. We also took water samples through the water column to calibrate the sensors and measure the nutrient content of the water. These measurements were made in support of the AlterEco project; studying how changing physical and chemical conditions are affecting the marine ecosystem and health of UK shelf seas.

The CTD transect was completed in just under 24 hours and we made our way to the JONSIS CTD section in the northern North Sea. The Scotia visits the JONSIS section three times a year to monitor the annual, and inter-annual, variability. After completing the JONSIS section, we made our way to the Faroe-Shetland Channel to recover and service a mooring on the continental shelf slope in 450 m water depth. The mooring is deployed on the seabed and contains an upward looking Acoustic Doppler Current Profiler (ADCP) which continuously measures the velocity of the current through the water column, from the seabed to the water surface. In order to recover the mooring, which is sub surface, an acoustic release was used. We successfully recovered the mooring, downloaded the data, serviced, and redeployed the mooring this morning.

We are now sailing to north Shetland to start a long CTD transect across the Faroe-Shetland Channel. This line will take us over the shelf edge into water depths of approximately 1400 m and over to the Faroe Islands. This section of water is an important region for exchange between the Arctic and Atlantic, with cold and fresh water flowing southwards at the bottom and relatively warm salty water flowing northwards at the surface. The combination of ADCPs and repeated CTD transects allows us to monitor the transport of these different water masses.

1418S ADCP mooring being deployed over the starboard side of ScotiaThe ADCP mooring being deployed over the starboard side of Scotia and the CTD instrument frame, equipped with 12 water sampling bottles, standing on deck.

 

Further Information:

 

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Water Sampling for Long-Term Monitoring

Mon, 2018-10-15 14:55

Survey: MRV Scotia 1418S

Duration: 5-15 October 2018

Procedure:

Scotia will make her way to the eastern start of the Nolso – Flugga (NOL) section and start collecting long term monitoring samples and taking CTD profiles. On a previous trip – the 0618S survey – a mooring in an AL500 frame also failed to surface and communication with this lost mooring will be attempted.

After the NOL section, Scotia will head to the western (Faroe) side of the FIM section to carry out standard CTD and water sampling along the line. Scotia will then sail back to the JONSIS line to conduct a fine scale CTD survey around the area of the AECO mooring.

Once that work is completed and if time allows, Scotia will carry out additional work (listed in the survey objectives) along the JONSIS line, in the Moray Firth and/or Aberdeen Bay, prior to her return.

Scientific Procedures:

It is expected that deployments of hydrographic equipment will be carried out with the CTD crane whilst the vessel is on station. The plankton crane will be used for the deployment of ADCP moorings in trawl-resistant frames (AL200 and AL500) and short single-string moorings. Longer single-string ADCP mooring deployments will be done from the trawl deck.

Two container laboratories will be required (one for water filtering and a dry container for communications with sampling equipment). Chlorophyll samples will be stored frozen in the freezer in the Fish House. Nutrient samples will be stored frozen in an empty freezer on the lower container deck.

Objectives:
  1. Perform hydrographic sampling along the ALTERECO monitoring section in the northern North Sea, which will be sampled in all MSS oceanographic surveys in 2018.
  2. Perform hydrographic sampling along the JONSIS long term monitoring section in the northern North Sea.
  3. Recover, download and re-deploy an ADCP mooring deployed in a trawl-proof frame on the JONSIS section (the “AlterEco mooring”, AECO).
  4. Recover, download and re-deploy one ADCP mooring at a position on Fair Isle – Munken (FIM) section.
  5. Perform hydrographic sampling along the long term monitoring Faroe-Shetland Channel Nolso – Flugga (NOL) section.
  6. Try to establish communication with previously lost mooring (AL-500) on NOL, and potentially attempt recovery.
  7. Perform hydrographic sampling along the long-term monitoring Faroe-Shetland Channel Fair Isle – Munken (FIM) section.
  8. Take water samples for long term storage on Fair Isle – Munken or Nolso – Flugga section stations.
  9. Perform fine scale VMADCP/CTD survey work on the JONSIS line (around 59° 17′ N, 001° 15′ W).
  10. If weather/time permits perform a short-term deployment of an ADCP in AL200 frame.
  11. If weather/time permits, perform VMADCP/CTD survey work in the Moray Firth and/or Aberdeen Bay.
  12. Run the thermosalinograph throughout the survey.
  13. Run the VMADCP on all the standard sections.
Gear:
  • SeaBird Conductivity, Temperature and Depth units (CTDs)
  • Acoustic Doppler Current Profilers (ADCPs);
  • Current meter instrumentation;
  • Water filtering equipment;
  • Mooring equipment; and
  • Chemistry sampling equipment.
Mooring Positions (Recovery):
  • AECO – 59° 16.928′ N 001° 15.393′ W   Trawl resistant AL200 frame
  • NWSE – 60° 16.42′ N 004° 20.46′ W    Short single string mooring
  • NWEA – 61° 38.01’N 004° 32.60’W     (previously lost, attempt to communicate again)
Mooring Positions (Deployment):
  • AECO – 59° 17.00′ N 001° 15.00′ W on JONSIS
  • NWSE – 60° 16.29′ N 004° 20.78′ W on FIM

 

Chart showing key activities on 1418S (moorings shown with green flags)Chart showing key activities on 1418S (moorings shown with green flags)

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Further Information: ALTERECO Line 1418S

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JONSIS Line 1418S

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Fair Isle - Munken FIM 1418S

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Nolso-Flugga NOL 1418S

Nolso-Flugga NOL

 

 

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Celebrating the Year of the Engineer with Matt Geldart

Tue, 2018-10-09 10:00

Matt GeldartAs we mentioned in our blog in January, 2018 is the Year of the Engineer as well as the Year of the Young Person. Over the course of the year, we’ll be introducing you to some of our incredibly talented engineers, as well as showing your some of their work.

This month it’s the turn of Oceanographic engineer Extraordinaire and part-time actor, Matt Geldart.

Who are you and what do you do?

My Name is Matt Geldart (or Matthew on more formal occasions, or when my wife is cross with me).  My job title at Marine Scotland is Oceanographic engineer.

This job title covers a multitude of disciplines, electronics instrumentation engineer – with respect to the many and varied fleet of CTDs (which measure seawater conductivity, temperature and depth – plus a myriad of other seawater parameters such as oxygen and nutrients), Current meters, and other instrumentation and associated hardware.

When on Scotia, I am the Moorings Engineer: I design and organise fabrication of moorings, I hold the pre-recovery and deployment meetings for the whole ship, I lead the ship’s crew on deployment and recovery of moorings, and also have to be on call at a moment’s notice for when things go wrong – this has a habit of happening at  0300 and some brave soul is tasked with the job of waking me up in order to diagnose and (hopefully) fix the problem that has presented itself, or figure out a workaround that will keep everything ticking over until the end of the survey. 

Of course, moorings don’t just get deployed in the Faeroe-Shetland Channel, or just from Scotia; since gaining this position, I have deployed and recovered moorings in Loch Torridon, Sheildaig, Loch Ewe, Loch Linnhe, and off Stonehaven – The fieldwork, especially on the West Coast gives me the opportunity to experience the rugged beauty of the West Coast of Scotland, and of course, the journey to and from the fieldwork sites is also filled with some dramatic scenery.  There are times when I consider myself truly lucky to be able to enjoy all of this – and get paid for it. 

During times between survey trips, I supply and ready equipment for other groups, making sure that it is correctly set-up for the needs of individual surveys, and also try to ensure that the equipment is within Service & Calibration periods; this can require a considerable amount of juggling between times equipment is needed, and times when it can be sent away for six weeks. 

In addition, when at the Marine Lab, I am responsible for seawater salinity measurement, managing a team of two Salinometer operatives, who measure salinity samples from cruises and from the SCObs (Scottish Coastal Observatory), formerly LTM –  Long Term Monitoring, sites from around the coast of Scotland.  One part of the SCObs Network is Stonehaven.  I currently organize the Stonehaven Sampling Roster, which timetables our happy band of Stonehaven Samplers in order that the sampling can occur without interruption every week of the year.

Other than that, I also have a number of more Administrative tasks.

Why is what you do important? 

Oceanography is a fascinating area of Science, I tend to regard it as the Physical Geography of the Sea.  The make-up of the sea itself, its salinity, its temperature, its chemical structure, the ways that the current flows around these islands, places that are outliers to the norm, are all fascinating things to be able to measure and to track changes over time.

Whilst I am not a Scientist myself, it doesn’t stop me from having slightly more than a layman’s interest in these things and from playing my small but not insignificant part in enabling all of these studies to continue.

Whilst I might not be at the forefront of the science itself, my role is not insignificant in the general day-to-day running of the Group.  The highest compliment that a member of my team once said to me was that if I were to leave the group, then everything would be in deep disarray!

What’s your career path been – how did you get here?

In a sentence, one might say – More by accident than design. 

As a boy in school, I developed a huge interest in electronics, and particularly in radio.  I would buy the magazine Hobby Electronics each month and from time to time build the projects that were within the pages.  Working in electronics, and preferably in radio was very much my burning ambition.

At 23, I decided to go to Cardiff Institute of Higher Education (Now Cardiff Met University) and did my HND in Engineering (Electronics & Communication).  It was a great couple of years for me and one on which I look back fondly.

When I qualified, there was a recession, and nobody was taking on electronics engineers.  Thus after a little time I applied to the University of the West of England in Bristol, and did a B.Ed. in Mathematics.  Two years later I was a qualified teacher and spent the next 11 years teaching mathematics in a number of Secondary state and independent schools.

Teaching mathematics can be very rewarding at times, but it can be challenging.  As a boy myself, I enjoyed mathematics, and in the days before quite so many people went to University, many schoolchildren hoped to go into a technical career or nursing and thus recognized the need for the mathematics as a requirement for such careers. 

After 11 years of teaching, I had become Head of Mathematics, but I needed a change – and so we moved to Aberdeen.

After just over a year working for Stagecoach – which was a great way to get to know the North East of Scotland, I passed an interview for the post of Electronics Technician in the Engineering Section of the Marine Lab. 

I began working for The Marine Lab February 2006 and got promotion after 18 months.

Initially, it was great to get my hands on a soldering iron again, building projects for various groups, and maintaining various pieces of equipment, everything from the Lecture Theatre projector, to Dual Methot nets and ARIES – or anything else for which the Scientific groups of Marine Lab needed technical support. 

Then the position in Oceanographic Services came up, I applied and was successful.  I set myself the personal task of getting to grips with everything that the group did within two years, and with the support of colleagues I achieved this goal.  Getting familiar with all the complicated and very specialized instrumentation, how to do moorings, how to lead the deck crew on Scotia effectively, the nature of the various monitoring networks, particularly the LTM sites and their samplers and the various other elements that are required for smooth running of the group.

Over time, the team I work in has changed; people have left, sometimes leaving massive holes in workload and specialist knowledge that needed to be covered, and more people have come into the group, and helped restore a good equilibrium within my particular work–life balance. 

All in all, the move to Oceanography has provided me with an interesting and varied work life, it has allowed me to become a known name in my field, which sometimes surprises me at trade exhibitions, and has allowed me considerable autonomy at work, which is something I enjoy and thrive under.

So yes, when I left school, I had ever heard of Oceanography, and perhaps the way in which I ended up in Marine Scotland is more by serendipity than by outright career path decisions, but my trade training and my passion for electronics, and my love of the countryside have found a happy match in this particular position.

What’s your proudest achievement so far?

I’m not sure proudest is quite the right word here, but certainly this was a very enjoyable moment and was quite an achievement…

This is a bit of an odd one, and I’m not sure how this all came about – but I have the, perhaps enviable, job of writing the Marine Lab Christmas Panto, all written from scratch.  My particular favourite was The Big Lab Theory.

Now, many people in the Lab enjoy The Big Bang Theory on television, and it had been mentioned to me that I should write a Marine Lab one.  And so I did! AND all of the science in it was true!

And the panto is a very important thing for staff morale and for cross group team building.

What would you say to any aspiring young engineers?

Go for it! Sure, the path might be difficult – I personally remember the effort that I had to make to master Fourier and Laplace transforms, and Electron Hole Theory and other such things – but the rewards are there afterwards. As a young engineer, it is very much “bread and butter for today so you can have jam tomorrow”, but as successive electronics engineers have shown the paths to promotion are indeed open, and the path may well take you on an unexpected journey of life to somewhere you hadn’t even considered.  Keep an open mind.

As someone involved in Outreach, would you encourage others to do it?

I love doing outreach, and wish I could do more of it; it gives me the opportunity to showcase all the best bits of what I do, for fresh minds.  Be that schoolchildren having a tour of Scotia, university students visiting the lab so they can see practical applications for the theoretical and classroom based lectures that they have received at their university, or members of the public on such things as “Doors Open Day” – It’s all great fun to show off the “party pieces” of the Lab – but also to be able to answer some more enquiring questions that sometimes arise from these audiences.

It gives me a buzz – and I have been told that my passion for my work is obvious when I am doing it, and this makes the subject matter come alive for the audience.  I suppose all those years in front of classes of mathematics pupils has held me in good stead for this role.

Perhaps it isn’t for everyone I think it is a great outlet for the “showman” in me, but if you are passionate about your work, if you like expressing your passion to an audience, if you enjoy meeting many and varied people of all ages and of all backgrounds, then I would thoroughly recommend getting involved in some way with the whole Outreach thing.

And one fun fact about you?

Whilst my work in the lab is technical, outwith the confines of this building, I am a chorister at St Margaret’s church Gallowgate, and a part time film actor. Recently I was involved in a short film about women who dared to challenge a pub’s “No Ladies Please” policy.  It’s all good fun and broadens my social life with people outwith Marine Scotland.

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Vacancy – Fisheries Scientist – closing date 30 Oct

Mon, 2018-10-08 10:27

We are currently seeking applications for a Fisheries Scientist at Marine Scotland Science, Marine Laboratory, 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 is a key post in the Statistics Group of the Fisheries Data Programme, supporting the collection, management and provision of fisheries data to ICES. The post-holder will manage and analyse data collected through the onshore market sampling, observer and research surveys, providing written reports as required. The post includes the opportunity for survey and catch sampling work as well as occasional attendance of national and international meetings, as such applicants must be willing to travel and, on occasion, to work unsociable hours.

Qualifications Required
For jobs in Band B & C you must hold a minimum of 3 Highers or equivalent.
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. Good organisational skills, with an ability to plan and prioritise work and use your own initiative to complete a project.
  2. Aptitude for writing and adapting short pieces of code in a high-level computer programming language such as R to carry out simple data manipulation, summaries, visualisation and analyses as part of a research project.
  3. A confident communicator, able to present results verbally and write scientific reports.
  4. Attention to detail required to collect, accurately record, quality check and manage scientific data.

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 Liz Clarke  who can be reached at liz.clarke@gov.scot or 0131 244 3399.

If you experience any difficulties accessing our website or completing the online application form, please contact HR Resourcing on 0131 244 8148 or via recruitment@gov.scot .

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Vacancy – Spatial Ecologist – closing date 30 Oct

Fri, 2018-10-05 10:00

We are currently seeking applications for a Spatial Ecologist within Marine (22 Month Fixed Term 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.

Overview
The main focus of the post will be to support the delivery of a 4-year programme of research, relating to the deep-sea areas of the North Atlantic, called Atlas. The ‘Atlas’ project is funded through the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 programme split across several partners involved in various work-packages. The work-packages are brought together through area case studies, one of which (the Rockall area), developed and led by MSS, will be the focus of the post-holder’s duties. Delivery of work to support the case study, and the development of supporting species distribution models, will be the primary task of the post-holder during the duration of the project.

The post offers an exciting opportunity for a researcher to be involved in the scientific basis for marine spatial planning of Scotland’s sea areas. The post will be mainly research focused but will also involve an administrative component that supports project managers in the day to day work of projects and the timely delivery of periodic milestones. Staff on any working pattern can apply for this post.

Main Duties

  • To support the delivery of the Atlas and other external projects: Working with the project managers and project partners to ensure successful delivery of relevant milestones for the project according to the EU grant agreement.
  • To undertake primary research and analysis: This will involve database management, species distribution modelling, processing fisheries data (VMS), potentially participating in research surveys, and completing spatial evaluations within geographic information system software (GIS) and other platforms (e.g. R).
  • To draft reports and manuscripts: There will be a requirement to contribute to writing, formatting, producing figures and maps and proof reading documents. Peer-review publication will be the primary output and there will be an expectation to actively contribute to publication and the opportunity for lead authorship. Ultimately, spatial data layers will be made available on the National Marine Plan interactive platform and, if appropriate, hosted there on a permanent basis.
  • To perform administrative duties relevant to the post: attending meetings and to maintain regular contact with other project partners.
  • To carry out any additional duties as may reasonably be required within the general scope and level of the post. This could include participation in research vessel surveys.
  • To communicate effectively in a timely manner with colleagues within Marine Scotland and to ensure good communications with other project partners and external stakeholders.

Qualifications Required
For jobs in Band B & C you must hold a minimum of 3 Highers or equivalent.

A PhD in marine biology, spatial statistics, or similar.  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. An excellent working knowledge of spatial statistics and modelling.
  2. Experience of using GIS software and the R computing language.
  3. Experience of writing, formatting and proof reading complex documents to a high standard and with careful and accurate attention to detail and experience of contributing to scientific publications.
  4. Excellent organisational skills and the ability to work within a team and independently.

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 Dr Philip Boulcott who can be reached at philip.boulcott@gov.scot or 0131 244 4438.

If you experience any difficulties accessing our website or completing the online application form, please contact the resourcing team on 0131 244 7719 or via recruitment@gov.scot.

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Rockall Haddock Trawling Survey – An update

Thu, 2018-10-04 14:10

Survey: 1318S Rockall Haddock Trawling Survey

Duration:  19 September – 1 October 2018

The 2018 Rockall haddock trawling survey got off to a blustery start with Scotia departing Aberdeen on the morning of the 19th September and heading straight into the teeth of Storm Ali; the first officially named storm of Autumn 2018. Gusts of 70 knots SSW winds were recorded as she headed into the relatively calm waters of the Moray Firth to undertake a shakedown tow to test the trawl and associated instruments.

Progress along the North Coast was very slow the next day due to Storm Ali changing tack; which resulted in the wind shifting to be squarely against direction of travel for Scotia. Wind and swell

fig 1. 1318S GOV deployments and cruisetrack

fig 1. 1318S GOV deployments and cruisetrack

abated during the late afternoon/evening and finally good speed was made towards Rockall Bank.

Thankfully weather conditions once on the bank remained favourable throughout the remainder of the survey, allowing excellent progress to be made with on average six GOV (Grand Overture Verticale) trawls deployments being completed within each daylight period. The Rockall haddock survey utilises a semi-random stratified survey design that comprises four depth-separated sampling strata. The stations are randomly distributed within each of the four survey strata.

The number of stations within each depth strata is as follows:

  • five stations at 0-150 m(R1),
  • 21 stations at 150-200 m(R2),
  • 10 stations at 200-250 m(R3) and
  • four stations at 250-350 m(R4).

The abundance figures resulting from these trawl samples, together with the corresponding biological information collected during the catch processing, provide Marine Scotland Science (MSS) with the tools necessary to create an age specific abundance index.  This is then used with the estimates from previous years to assess the relative strength of Rockall haddock.

fig 2. 1318S CTD deployments

fig 2. 1318S CTD deployments

42 deployments were completed using the standard GOV survey trawl with 41 of these being valid. All 40 programmed primary stations were successfully completed; with an additional two stations also completed although one of these was invalid.  Scotia was therefore able to arrive back in Aberdeen on the 30th September having not only met but exceeded her core objectives.

All fish species encountered are recorded and in 2018 this yielded 47 species of fish and selected invertebrate species. In addition 19 CTD (Conductivity, Temperature, Depth) deployments were also completed for selected GOV stations and this provided a bottom temperature profile across the whole bank. (See figure 2 for CTD positions).

The haddock abundance index for Rockall cannot be calculated until the otoliths extracted during the survey are analysed and the ages discerned. Fin whales sightings were recorded during the survey; with the relatively calm conditions m

Fig 3. 1318S Grab deployments

Fig 3. 1318S Grab deployments

eaning that these majestic creatures were observed on several occasions on the top of Rockall Bank.

During the downtime at night, deployments of the new ‘Van Veen’ sediment grab were made and, after some initial teething problems, the new grab performed well with 47 deployments successfully completed. The sediment samples collected from this survey will be analysed and the results collated together with those collected from other samples and will be utilised in the ATLAS project that will attempt to correlate fish abundance and distribution on Rockall Bank with substrate type.

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