PDRA in Seaweed Resource Policy & 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:  £29,915.19 - £33,647.14 per annum.


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 enhancement of climate resilience and biodiversity in wild seaweed populations, (ii) understanding the knowledge, attitude and practices of indigenous peoples and local communities (IPLCs), primarily in Malaysia, in terms of their current management and conservation practices for wild seaweed populations, (iii) devising new innovative seaweed cultivation/management practices that can enhance biodiversity in conjunction with researchers in Malaysia and (iv) assessing how scalable/replicable, socially acceptable and economically viable these new management practices could be in developing countries in SE Asia.


Our Ideal Candidate

Our ideal candidate must have a PhD in an agri- or marine plant/seaweed 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 and willing to attend some project international meetings (Malaysia, Canada and France) and for a short research trip (~3 weeks) to Malaysia is essential.

Candidates requiring Skilled Worker sponsorship, should read the Home Office guidance, to ensure they meet the eligibility criteria. Skilled Worker visa: Overview - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk) before applying.


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 Monday 26th February 2024 – Interviews to be held in March 2024.


Full details can be found here: PDRA in Seaweed Resource Policy & Management - Job Description