PDRA in Marine Growth

Fixed Term - up to 3 years, Full Time
Starting salary £28,331-£34,804 per annum

Who are we?

SAMS is Scotland's premier independent marine science organisation generating new knowledge for the benefit of the marine environment and society since 1884.

Here is more about what we are looking for…

Main job purpose

This is an exciting opportunity to join a growing team to develop digital methods to address ecological questions. The core role will be:

  1. To lead the development of 3D photogrammetry as a method of quantifying marine growth occurring on man-made structures located in the North Sea
  2. To assist in the development of automated faunal identification, via machine leaning/artificial intelligence from 2D and 3D imagery and liaise with industry and regulators to embed the innovations into the offshore sector.

The types of activities you will lead on and contribute to -

Undertake offshore cruises and SCUBA-based sampling of marine fauna. Collect and maintain fauna in aquaria and conduct lab-based biovolume estimation.

Liaise with industry and collate ROV footage for analysis, extract images for analysis. Contribute to the training and assessment of artificial intelligence algorithms and the development of commercialisation of such a tool. Contribute to the production and calibration of 3D models from video footage.

Attributes required to do the job -

  • Self-motivation with proven ability to lead and participate in SCUBA-based research (commercial or equivalent SCUBA certification is highly desirable), with experience of working on research vessels.
  • Team working with proven ability to deliver complex inter-related practical and reporting tasks.
  • Ability to work with large datasets (images) and undertake image analysis/manipulation and clean-up
  • Excellent communication and project management skills, ability to initiate and develop industry contacts, familiarity with ROV-data management and analysis
  • Practical, experimental biologist with experience of aquarium-based animal maintenance and research
  • Experience in presenting results at national / international conferences and publishing research in quality peer-reviewed academic journals
  • Experience in ROV-piloting and machine learning would also be beneficial.

So, in return, what do we offer?

A stimulating work environment, working alongside world class academics, enterprise consultants and professional services staff as well as students. In an amazing scenic location on the west coast of Scotland, we offer flexible working hours, freedom to grow as an individual and to develop your career. In addition, we offer a generous remuneration package including pension, holidays, free onsite parking as well as access to our employee benefits package.

Interested?

We would love to hear from you and answer any questions you might have before progressing through the application process. For any queries related to the job content, or general queries about SAMS or our location, please just email recruitment@sams.ac.uk and we will respond timely to your query.

For more information on the project please go to: https://www.sams.ac.uk/science/projects/ns3d/

Please read our job description for full job details.

For further information and to apply online please go to: www.sams.ac.uk and click on vacancies Alternatively, please write to: Human Resources, PDRA Marine Growth, Job Ref D04/20.TW, Scottish Association for Marine Science, Oban, Argyll PA37 1QA or e-mail recruitment@sams.ac.uk

The closing date for receipt of applications is 30th September 2020

Interviews will be held in October 2020

SAMS is a registered Scottish charity (SC 009206), has an equal opportunities policy and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

posted: 15 September 2020 Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.