Aquarium Project Technician (D05/24.AM)

Location:  SAMS, Oban

Contract Type: Fixed Term – 2 years

Working Pattern:  Full Time (37 hours per week)

Salary Range:  £23,144 - £25,138 per annum

Closing date: 25th June 2024


The Role

The Alan Ansell Research Aquarium at SAMS hosts a broad range of constantly changing projects in the areas of research, enterprise and education.

We are looking for an enthusiastic individual with a passion for marine science, to join us in helping to deliver the operational aspects of these projects, as well as involvement with the day-to-day monitoring and running of the aquarium.

The role will involve highly rewarding work, carried out closely with several leading researchers. You will provide cross disciplinary technical support in set up, day-to-day running, monitoring and data collection of aquarium-based experiments. In addition, you will liaise with researchers regarding future projects and ongoing experiments and will assist the Aquarium Manager in monitoring, maintaining, and making alterations of aquarium infrastructure.

There will be considerable opportunity to develop your technical knowledge and skills around the effective and safe functioning of a research aquarium.


Our Ideal Candidate

Enthusiastic, with a very keen interest in marine science. Experience or knowledge of aquatic systems is beneficial.

Must be organised and practical, ideally with experience of (experimental) monitoring and recording.

A high level of self-motivation and diligence is necessary, and an ability to work to instruction or independently, as needed, is required.

A relevant degree (or equivalent experience) is required but ability to analyse, rapidly diagnose and solve problems is also important.

Good communication skills are essential, as there will be a range of work carried out with different individuals.


Working at SAMS

- We offer a small, friendly and inclusive culture.

- All working to the same aim, which is to understand and mitigate risks involved in industry interaction with the marine environment, to maximise productivity and enhance sustainability.

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- Flexible working to help you achieve the work/life balance that works for you and us as well as a number of policies to support you through the employee life cycle.

- Help you build your career path – opportunities to learn, develop yourself, partake in training, networking, learn/develop a range of skills. Additionally, we encourage and recognise excellence among staff through various recognition and reward arrangements.

- Offer a number of employee benefits, including free on-site parking, occupational health & wellbeing support, purchase of additional holidays, technology & smartphones, payroll giving, discounted shopping vouchers and a cycle to work scheme. We constantly develop and expand the benefits and offers for our colleagues.



We would love to hear from you.  If you have queries on the job and would like to talk these through before applying, please email these through, in the first instance, to

Applications must include CV and Cover Letter and should be sent electronically to quoting Job Ref. ‘D05/24.AM’ in the subject heading.

Closing date for application is 25th June 2024- Interviews will be held on site in July 2024.

Please note: All applicants must provide proof that they can work in the UK.


Full details can be found here: Aquarium Project Technician - Job Description


SAMS Group is committed to being an equal and open organisation. Diversity and inclusion are important to us, and we strive to remove any barriers that may prevent people from applying to join us. We encourage applications from all backgrounds, and from all who share our values and can help us to broaden our knowledge and range of ideas.