Marine Institute

Scientific & Technical Officer (STO) Seafloor Integrity and Benthic Habitats Impacts

Vacancy Area: 
Scientific and Technical

Organisation Description:

The Marine Institute is the national agency responsible for marine research, technology, development and innovation (RTDI). The Marine Institute seeks to assess and realise the economic potential of Ireland’s 220-million-acre marine resource; promote the sustainable development of marine industry through strategic funding programmes and scientific services; and safeguard the marine environment through research and environmental monitoring. The Institute works in conjunction with the Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine (DAFM) and a network of other Government Departments, semi-state agencies, national and international marine partners.


Summary of the Role:

The impact of human pressures on the marine environment, including impacts on benthic (i.e. sea-floor) habitats, is an important consideration in the sustainable implementation of the Common Fisheries Policy, the MSFD and the EU Habitats and Birds Directives. Through a Service Level Agreement with the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage, the Marine Institute has a responsibility to contribute significantly to the assessment of anthropogenic impacts on benthic habitats. The successful candidate will have a background in marine fish ecology, data analysis and associated technical experience that will enable her/him to deliver important work and products for the Institute and DHLGH under MSFD Descriptor 6 (Sea-floor integrity), Descriptor 1 (Biological diversity), and for associated Regional Sea Convention (i.e. OSPAR) work as led by DHLGH. The Scientific Technical Officer (STO) will report to the FEAS Ecosystems Team Leader, and work within the FEAS Ecosystems Team.

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Educational and Professional Requirements:

• A relevant degree in Science, Engineering or another related numerical field.
• High levels of I.T. skills to include Microsoft Office.
• Experience in the management and analysis of data, ideally scientific or environmental datasets
• Proven scientific/technical report writing skills.
• High level of proficiency with the R statistical programming language.
• Spatial data analysis skills in GIS, R or other relevant platforms.
• Database skills, preferably in MS SQL Server or similar enterprise-scale DBMS
• The ability to work unsupervised and to work well with others.

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 FEAS/STO-SEAFL&BEN/May 2022. 


Closing date for Applications:

All applications for this post should be received by the Marine Institute in advance of 12 noon on 7th of June 2022. Please note that late applications will not be accepted.

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Marine Institute is an equal opportunities employer

Closing Date: 
Thursday, 16 June, 2022