Researcher in Polar Physical Oceanography (D29/23.MI)

Location:  SAMS, Oban

Contract Type: Open-ended

Working Pattern:  Full Time (37 hours per week)

Salary Range:  £35,686.33 - £40,142.45 per annum

Closing date: 31st October 2023


The Role

The Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) is seeking a physical oceanographer with an emerging track record in high latitude / polar oceanography. The post holder will join our strong multi-disciplinary teams working primarily in the sub-Polar North Atlantic and Arctic Oceans, and with linked Antarctic interests. The post is open-ended and part of SAMS’ long-term commitment to Polar Oceanography.

For the first three years the postholder will deliver an exciting programme of Arctic physical oceanography under projects already funded by UKRI-NERC and RCN (Research Council of Norway), which include fieldwork in Greenland and Svalbard.

The postholder will immediately join the BSc Marine Science undergraduate lecturing team to co-deliver and then lead an introduction to physics module for marine science.

After the initial three-year funded research programme, the postholder is fully expected to pursue promotion to Lecturer, and to seek research funding to establish themselves as a Principal Investigator at SAMS. SAMS is a partner of two UKRI-NERC Doctoral Training Partnerships into which the postholder may bid for PhD studentship funding.


Our Ideal Candidate          

You will hold a PhD in physical oceanography, be experienced in using traditional and/or autonomous observational methods, the data they generate and computing languages to analyse these data.  You will have experience working with and possibly running numerical models. You will have a good understanding of high latitude ocean environments, ice-covered waters and associated physical processes, and a publication record which demonstrate this.

You must have the ability to work independently or within a team to solve complex research questions, be able to produce high quality written and oral communications in the form of presenting scientific research and REFable publications and reports.  You must also be able to work effectively at sea. You may have experience with teaching at undergraduate level, and if not be willing to engage with undergraduate teaching and post graduate supervision.


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 informal queries on the job and would like to talk these through before applying, please email these through, in the first instance, to Professor Mark Inall -

Applications must include CV and Cover Letter and should be sent electronically to  quoting Job Ref. ‘D29/23.MI’ in the subject heading.

Closing date for application is 31st October 2023. Interviews will likely be held during the week of 20th November 2023.


For full details on this vacancy can be found here: Researcher in Polar Physical Oceanography