Marine Institute

Habitat Mapping Specialist, Scientific & Technical Officer

Vacancy Area: 
Scientific and Technical

Scientific & Technical Officer, Habitat Mapping Specialist (INFOMAR)

Summary of the Role:

The individual will build on the capacity existing in the Marine Institute in the area of marine habitat mapping. The individual will primarily be responsible for integrating available physical and biological seabed mapping and ground-truthing data, as well as the interpretation of same, with a view to developing standardised habitat maps within Irish coastal waters. Products generated will focus on stakeholder requirements which will vary locally, regionally and nationally, as well as by marine sector. The individual will work towards standardising, improving and streamlining data workflows, to optimise downstream value of interpreted data and associated products. The outputs will contribute towards Marine Strategy Framework Directive and Habitats Directive reporting and monitoring, provide baseline information for infrastructural development and associated decision making processes, as well as inputting to downstream digital web-mapping and data delivery services in turn supporting development of marine resource management plans.

The STO Habitat Mapping Specialist will also support relevant seabed mapping and data analytics R&D initiatives undertaken by the team, as well as development of seabed classification and water column products associated with acoustic data analysis.

This will augment existing skill sets, underpin operational programme needs, and support future R&D initiatives. The work focus will be on:

a) Integration and interpretation of coastal and marine data resources including bathymetry, backscatter, seabed classification, geophysical, remote sensing, and groundtruth data;

b) Output of integrated habitat mapping datasets for development of chart products and integration to GIS data services;

c) Development of standardised approaches, procedures and products for Irish marine habitat mapping across relevant departments, agencies, and industries.

A full job description can be downloaded here.

Duration of Contract:

This temporary specified purpose contract of employment will run for duration of up to the end of 2018 in line with INFOMAR funding for this post. The successful candidate will be on probation for the first six months of this contract.

How to Apply:

A C.V. and letter of application, summarising experience and skill set applicable to the position should be emailed to recruitment [at] marine [dot] ie or posted to Human Resources at the Marine Institute, Rinville, Oranmore, Galway in advance of 16:00 on Friday 13th November 2015. Please note that late applications will not be accepted. All correspondence for this post should quote reference OSIS/STO-Habitat Mapping



Closing Date: 
Friday, 13 November, 2015