Marine Institute

Laboratory Analyst - Phytoplankton

Vacancy Area: 
Laboratory Analyst

Temporary Laboratory Analyst - Phytoplankton (Water Framework Directive)

Summary of the Role:

The Phytoplankton Laboratory Analyst will primarily be responsible for undertaking analysis of phytoplankton samples including the identification of total community and enumeration of these samples. The primary method employed will be by the use of Sedgewick rafter cells, but other enumeration methods may be also employed. The analyst will also carry out chlorophyll analysis of water samples. They will be required to carry out calibration of equipment including chlorophyll sensors from time to time. This will also contribute to wider monitoring programmes and relevant research initiatives. New method development, optimisation and validation will form a key aspect of the work and the analyst will be required to show abilities in these areas. The candidate will be expected to demonstrate competencies in the area of quality control and will be required to have the ability to take methods through a full validation process and to acquire accreditation. All work will be done within the quality system operated within the Marine Institute. The work will primarily be carried out in the Marine Institute's facilities in Oranmore Co. Galway. Assignments may also be carried out at other Marine Institute locations or in the field from time to time.

Background to Requirement:

Water Framework Directive The Water Framework Directive (WFD Directive 2000/60/EC) came into force in December 2000 and establishes a framework for the protection of inland surface waters, transitional waters, coastal waters and groundwater. The EPA is the competent authority in Ireland for implementing this directive and they have nominated the Marine Institute to carry out monitoring of certain quality elements in transitional and coastal waters; specifically, phytoplankton, benthic invertebrates, relevant pollutants and priority substances. There are strong links to other directives and marine monitoring requirements such as those required of shellfish waters (Directive 2006/113/EC) and under the Marine Strategy Framework Directive 2008/56/EC. A full job description can be downloaded here.

Duration of Contract:

The contract will be issued on a temporary specified purpose basis for a duration of up to 6 years subject to continued WFD funding. There will be a 6 month probationary period.

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. All correspondence for this post should quote reference WFD LA/Phytoplankton/Nov.2015.

Closing date for Applications:

All applications for this post should be received by the Marine Institute in advance of 12:00 on Friday 11th December 2015. Late applications will not be accepted. Please note: Interviews will be held week commencing 14th December 2015.


Closing Date: 
Friday, 11 December, 2015