Research Fellow in Fisheries Acoustics, Biological Sciences (SBS084R)

"Aggregation, production and spillover: the cumulative impact of man-made structures on fish” is an INSITE2 research project recently funded by NERC.  The School of Biological Sciences, University of Aberdeen, is looking for an enthusiastic marine scientist or engineer to conduct the research associated with the field component of this project, as well as the analysis of fisheries acoustic survey data.

School/Section: Biological Sciences
Division: Unspecified
Staff Category: Research
Position Type: Full Time
Grade: Grade 6
Salary: £33,797
Ref No: SBS084R
Closing Date: 08-AUG-2020


Job Description

We seek a marine scientist or engineer with demonstrated abilities of working at sea and a strong analytical capacity.  A good level of understanding of marine ecology or underwater acoustics is desirable, as well as some ability in computer programming.  Experience in using acoustic techniques is preferred, with a capacity to develop novel post-processing approaches when required.

The Research Fellow in Fisheries Acoustics is central to the NERC project and complements a range of activities at the National Decommissioning Centre.  The successful candidate will have primary responsibility for undertaking field work in the North Sea and to analyse existing datasets. It requires an ability to learn the principles of fisheries acoustics rapidly and with minimal supervision, to work with acoustic post-processing systems, develop and robustly test novel methods, write high quality scientific manuscripts and work as part of a multidisciplinary research team.  The PDRA will join the FEAST research group at the University of Aberdeen, under the leadership of Prof. Paul Fernandes.  Much of your research will be in close collaboration with the University of Strathclyde (Prof. Mike Heath & Dr Dougie Speirs) and Marine Scotland Science (Dr. Sally Rouse) where more data is available for analysis.

Salary will be at the appropriate point on the Grade 6 salary scale and negotiable with placement according to qualifications and experience.

Consideration will be given to applicants who are nearing the completion of their PhD, who may be appointed as a Research Assistant on the Grade 5 salary scale and assimilated to Research Fellow upon successful completion of their PhD.

Any appointment will be made subject to satisfactory references and a 12 month probation period.

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As this post is externally funded by NERC it is available for 30 months.

Should you require a visa to undertake paid employment in the UK you will be required to fulfil the minimum points criteria to be granted a Certificate of Sponsorship and Tier 2 visa. As appropriate, at the time an offer of appointment is made you will be asked to demonstrate that you fulfil the criteria in respect of financial maintenance and competency in English. Please do not hesitate to contact Grant Rae, HR Adviser on +44 (0)1224 437068 or email for further information.

Online application forms are available at

The closing date for receipt of applications is 08 August 2020

Should you wish to make an informal enquiry please contact:

Professor Paul Fernandes, Chair in Fisheries Science

Please do not send application forms or CVs to Professor Fernandes.

Please quote reference number SBS084R on all correspondence

The University pursues a policy of equal opportunities in the appointment and promotion of staff

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