PDRA in Marine Conservation, Restoration & Management (D37/23.EC)

Location: Scottish Association for Marine Science, Oban

Contract Type: Fixed Term (24 months)

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

Salary Range:  £31,396.00 - £34,980.00 per annum

Closing Date: 19th April 2024


The Role

The role will involve (i) identifying the key gaps in global policies and legislation that need to be addressed to support the protection and restoration of marine habitats, particularly those including seaweeds, (ii) understanding the knowledge, attitude and practices of local communities, primarily in Malaysia, in terms of existing conservation, restoration and management practices for wild seaweeds and (iii) devising new innovative restoration practices that can enhance biodiversity.


Our Ideal Candidate

Our ideal candidate must have a PhD in an agri- or marine conservation, restoration and/or management research area or related field and have published their work in high impact scientific journals. Some experience in policy analysis would be helpful. You will have excellent interpersonal skills and experience in working with researchers from other cultures. You will also attend international conferences (Malaysia, Canada and France) and undertake a short research trip (~3 weeks) to Malaysia.


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 Prof Elizabeth Cottier-Cook - elizabeth.cottier-cook@sams.ac.uk

Applications must include CV and Cover Letter and should be sent electronically to recruitment@sams.ac.uk quoting Job Ref ‘D37/23.EC’ in the subject heading.

Closing date for applications is 19th April 2024 – Interviews to be held by late April 2024.


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


Full details can be found here: PDRA in Marine Conservation, Restoration and Management - 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.