Graduate CCAP Support Scientist (D01/24.CRM)

Location:  SAMS, Oban

Contract Type: Fixed Term (18 months)

Working Pattern:  Full Time (37 hours per week, Monday to Friday)

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

Closing date: Tuesday 30th April 2024


The Role

You will be part of the team at the Culture Collection of Algae and Protozoa (CCAP). You will participate in a varied workload across a range of specialisms including: maintenance and supply of algae and protozoa ensuring that their taxonomy, photographs and information is up to date. You will be responsible for the lab management of the scaling up facilities at the CCAP-ARIES centre, and for training and support delivery of CCAP-ARIES projects, growing and harvesting large biomass of algae and associated activities (spanning SAMS/CCAP research, commercial and education). You will also participate in the Food Standards Scotland toxic phytoplankton monitoring programme at SAMS.

To follow procedures to ensure compliance with the CCAP (ISO 9001:2015) and toxic phytoplankton monitoring (ISO 17025:2005) accredited Quality Management Systems.

The post will sit within a pool of research technicians/support scientists managed by our Technical Resources Manager.  Individuals will be expected to proactively engage with a varied workload to support the requirements across the business.


Our Ideal Candidate

You will have a relevant degree and/or proven experience in a similar role, with excellent communication skills. Ideally, you will have microbiology skills and experience working with algae and/or protozoa. You will be well organised with the ability to multi-task and work well as part of a team that serves a wider research/business/educational community.

This is a great opportunity for those eager to progress their career in lab-based marine science.  We are looking for individuals who bring enthusiasm to their work and are willing to tackle fresh challenges.


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 Cecilia Rad Menendez (

Applications must include CV and Cover Letter and should be sent electronically to quoting Job Ref. ‘D01/24.CRM’ in the subject heading.

Closing date for application is Tuesday 30th April 2024 - Interviews to be held on Tuesday 14th May 2024.

Please note, we are unfortunately unable to provide visa sponsorship for this position.


Full details can be found here: Graduate CCAP Support Scientist - 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.