Oceanographic Instrumentation Support Scientist (D30/22.ED)

Location:  On-site at SAMS, Oban

Contract Type:  Open-ended

Working Pattern:  Full Time (37hrs per week)

Salary:  Grade 5/6, (£29,619 - £39,745 per annum)

Closing Date: 8th May 2023


The Role

Supporting the physical oceanography activities at SAMS, your role will comprise both technical duties and data processing. You will be responsible for the processing and analysis of oceanographic datasets, from ship-based instrumentation, moorings, and/or autonomous platforms. You will manage and maintain our pool of oceanographic instrumentation and deploy it at sea in both coastal and offshore environments. You will also contribute to our robotics activities, which include underwater gliders, AUVs and ROVs.

The post duties include some out-of-hours glider piloting and offshore seagoing, which attract additional monetary compensation. The Grade 6 salary would be considered for exceptional candidates with very significant experience in instrumentation, data analysis and moorings design and deployment.

The postholder will have the opportunity for continuous professional development, upskilling, and exploring any future accounts certificated courses, where time and funding allows.


Our Ideal Candidate

We are looking for an enthusiastic individual who will enjoy the varied nature of the post and the challenge of working in scientific research. You will be flexible and organised, have excellent problem-solving skills, and take a pro-active approach in your work.

Our ideal candidate will be experienced in oceanographic data processing, and proficient in the use of Matlab and/or Python. You will also have in-depth technical expertise of oceanographic instruments, including hands-on experience working with them at sea.


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 Estelle Dumont or Lewis Drysdale at Estelle.Dumont@sams.ac.uk / Lewis.Drysdale@sams.ac.uk

Applications must include CV and Cover Letter and should be sent electronically to recruitment@sams.ac.uk  quoting Job Ref ‘D30/22.ED’ in the subject heading.

Closing date for applications is 8th May 2023 – Interviews will likely be held by the end of May.

Please note, candidates must have the rights to work in the UK.


Full details on this vacancy can be found here: Oceanographic Instrumentation Support Scientist - Job Description