CCAP Molecular Support Scientist (D26/22.CRM)

Location:  SAMS, Oban

Contract Type:  Fixed-Term, 12 months

Working Pattern:   Full Time, 37hrs per week

Salary: £24,948 per annum

Closing Date: 7th of April 2023


The Role

To support CCAP molecular biology commitments; Apply specialised technical knowledge to undertake molecular barcoding of CCAP strain holdings (protists: algae and protozoa) utilising DNA extraction, PCR and agarose gel electrophoresis; Adapt/develop robust protocols to fast track CCAP molecular barcoding and specific primer design to barcode complex protists.


Our Ideal Candidate

Our ideal candidate is a Graduate, Post-Graduate or equivalent, with advanced technical experience in molecular biological procedures (DNA extraction, PCR, DNA analysis, DNA sequencing, primer design) with a focus on protists (algae and protozoa).

You will have experience and capability of method development to increase rate of molecular barcoding, and you will understand and have practice of microbiological aseptic techniques. You will also work well in a team as well as have the ability to work independently and have good oral and written communication skills.


Employee Benefits

Our employees are the heart of our business. Recruiting and retaining the right people is the key to our success. Rewarding our employees is therefore an important component of our employment package and we have a wide range of benefits on offer to staff. These can enhance your personal and professional development, your health and well-being and your finances.

Additionally, SAMS encourages and recognises excellence among staff through various recognition and reward arrangements. We constantly develop and expand the benefits and offers for our colleagues. 

SAMS offers a generous salary and pension as well as employee benefits package.  We also have supportive policies to assist absence, family and other leave types. 



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

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Applications must include CV and Cover Letter and should be sent electronically to quoting Job Ref ‘D26/22.CRM’ in the subject heading.

Closing date for applications is 7th of April 2023 – Interviews will be held by the end of April 2023.


Full details on this vacancy can be found here: CCAP Molecular Support Scientist