Senior environmental chemist (reference number: 182469)

Apply before: 11:55 pm on Wednesday 23rd February 2022

Location: Aberdeen, Scotland, AB11 9DB

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About the job


Would you like to work for an organisation focussed on the assessment and protection of the Scottish marine environment and the people it supports? 

Do you have good analytical chemistry skills, worked within a quality system and have a knowledge of the marine environment? 

Can you demonstrate the ability to assess and interrogate datasets as well as produce papers and reports on the outcomes within set deadline? 

If so, we may have the role for you, we are looking for a Senior Environmental Chemist to join our team. The Marine Environmental Assessment Group produce data on the concentrations and biological effects of environmental contaminants, nutrient concentrations, ocean acidification, marine litter and supporting determinants.  Allowing the environmental status assessments to be undertaken for Scottish, UK (Marine Monitoring and Assessment Strategy; UKMMAS), and international (OSPAR) policy drivers. 

Research undertaken by MSS helps to underpin our environmental monitoring programmes and the advice that is supplied to Scottish and UK Governments, and internationally via the International Council for the Exploration of the Seas (ICES). 

The main role of Senior Environmental Chemist is to manage the water chemistry monitoring and research projects in the Marine Environmental Assessment Group which is part of the Environment Monitoring and Assessment Programme, based in Aberdeen. This post is required for the provision of nutrient, dissolved oxygen, chlorophyll and ocean acidification data in support of environmental status assessments and research projects.

Job description

Manage the MSS water chemistry staff. Ensure objectives are in place for staff and hold regular meetings to discuss progress of work and staff development. 

Manage the analysis of nutrients, chlorophyll and ocean acidification ensuring the delivery of relevant Schedule of Service milestones. Provide input to environmental status assessments undertaken for Scottish (Marine Atlas), UK (Marine Monitoring and Assessment Strategy; UKMMAS), and international (OSPAR and EU Marine Strategy Framework Directive; MSFD) policy drivers.? Identify and monitoring data gaps in respect of eutrophication? and ocean acidification monitoring.

Act as Deputy Technical Manager, ensure all responsibilities are carried out in order to maintain the quality system to a standard that ensures continuation of Marine Scotland Science accreditation following the annual assessment under ISO 17025. 

Be the primary point of contact for MS Policy Divisions in respect of chemical oceanography, and provide advice as requested. Attend relevant meetings and provide MSS meeting reports 

Act as Scottish Government Science lead for Ocean acidification. Manage the ocean acidification projects ensuring samples are analysed and the data assessed. Review data to ensure data is of acceptable quality to be used in data assessments and ensure such data is submitted to relevant data centres. Internationally represent Marine Scotland Science, as may be required, on Ocean Acidification groups including;

Prepare reports, presentations and peer-reviewed papers on the nutrient, chlorophyll and ocean acidification data for a range of audiences (students through to scientific experts).


1. Good communication skills (written and verbal). Demonstrated ability to carry out research of publishable quality. Should also be able to demonstrate ability to present verbally to an International audience at conferences, workshops or at working groups.
2. Experience of directly relevant analytical techniques, including the analysis of nutrients and for the measurement of ocean acidification parameters.
3. Good level of numeracy with experience of using statistical analyses to understand and interpret datasets
4. Project Management skills. This post will be responsible for the delivery of both monitoring and research projects

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