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4 Jan 2024

Full-Time Freshwater Ecologist

UKCEH – Posted by UKCEH Penicuik, Scotland, United Kingdom

Job Description

Salary – £29,733 to £31,553 Depending on experience
Fully site or fieldwork based, with occasional opportunities to work from home
Permanent and Full Time (37 hours per week)
We’ll be shortlisting as we go and reserve the right to close this advert if we find the right candidate, so we encourage you to apply early.
Interviews will be in-person.



UKCEH is looking for a Freshwater Ecologist to join our 600-strong organisation, contributing to scientific discovery and generating the data, insights and solutions that researchers, businesses and governments need to solve complex environmental challenges.


Working at UKCEH is rewarding. Our science makes a real difference, enabling people and the environment to prosper, and enriching society. We are the custodians of a wealth of environmental data, collected by UKCEH and its predecessors over the course of more than 60 years.


As a valued member of our team, you’ll get:

  • 27 days annual leave, rising to 29 days after five years
  • 10% employer pension contribution
  • Enhanced maternity and paternity leave
  • 24 hour, 365-day access to support with physical, mental, social, health or financial issues
  • Flexible working opportunities

And much more…


We are recruiting a Freshwater Ecologist, with proven experience in field survey techniques, laboratory analysis of biological samples and data management.


We are looking for someone who is enthusiastic, numerate, and keen to learn a range of skills to help improve our understanding of the environment and assist our engagement with citizen science communities.


You will join a vibrant team of 12 Freshwater Ecologists, working on several important projects on freshwater rivers, lakes, and other wetlands. These include developing and validating innovative new methods for biomonitoring, which support decision making in ecosystem health and climate change mitigation. Our projects include MERLIN, the Bloomin’ Algae app and the long term monitoring of Loch Leven.


You’ll be joining a leading independent, not-for-profit research institute that’s committed to recruiting talented people like you, progressing your career and giving you the support you need to thrive at UKCEH.


Your main responsibilities will include:

  • Collecting, identifying and counting of biological samples from lakes and rivers
  • Managing our microscope laboratory, including archiving samples, data and images
  • Supporting the development and validation of innovative methods for biomonitoring
  • Engaging with citizen scientists and other data providers to add value to UKCEH records
  • Contributing to research reports, peer reviewed papers and presentations
  • Supporting/coordinating researchers and students visiting our field sites


For the role of Freshwater Ecologist we are looking for somebody who has:

  • A master’s degree or equivalent experience in freshwater or marine science
  • Practical experience of field and laboratory methods used for monitoring and assessing wetland ecosystems
  • Experience of using microscopes for the counting and identification of phytoplankton samples
  • A willingness to work outdoors under a wide range of weather conditions, especially within the UK
  • Good attention to detail, excellent time management skills and an ability to meet project deadlines
  • A collaborative and inclusive approach to communication, especially with citizen scientists and the public
  • Excellent health and safety awareness
  • Full UK (manual) driving licence – please confirm on your CV


Desirable Skills:

  • Experience in the survey, identification and counting of other freshwater plants and animals, especially zooplankton and aquatic plants
  • Experience of managing and archiving biological data and/or photographic images
  • Ability to use power boats, or willingness to learn
  • Willingness to work out of hours and overseas


If we’ve just described you, we’d love to meet. Apply now.       

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Job Categories: Equal Opportunities. Job Types: Full-Time. Salaries: 20,000 - 40,000.

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