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Ecological Statistician

Salary £31,995.00
Location Edinburgh
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This is a Permanent, Full Time vacancy that will close in {x} days at {xx:xx} BST.

Biomathematics & Statistics Scotland (BioSS) seeks an ecological statistician with an interest in working on applied research and projects relating to the impacts of offshore renewable energy on marine mammals and seabirds.

Further information, including how to apply, is available in the attached further particulars, and the BioSS website at http://www.bioss.ac.uk/vacancies.html.

Closing date is Wednesday 13th April with interview date likely to be on Monday 09th May. Potential applicants are encouraged to contact Dr Adam Butler (adam.butler@bioss.ac.uk) or Dr Esther Jones (esther.jones@bioss.ac.uk) or to discuss this position.

The UK government is committed to reaching net zero emissions by 2050. In the power sector, progress in switching to renewable energy has accelerated in recent years, with renewables generating more electricity in the UK than fossil fuels in 2020. Legislation protecting the marine environment requires that offshore renewable devices are delivered in a sustainable manner. Offshore renewable developments have the potential to impact protected seabird and marine mammal populations, principally from collisions with turbine blades, displacement from important habitat, barrier effects to movements and noise disturbance.

BioSS carries out quantitative research on the impacts of offshore renewable energy on marine mammals and seabirds primarily in collaboration with the UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (UKCEH). This position offers the opportunity to work in a small team within larger project consortia, working on two exciting long-term projects funded by the Offshore Wind Evidence and Change Programme (OWEC). More information can be found in a recent press release.

The PrePARED project will collect contemporaneous data to characterise and quantify relationships between predators and prey to understand the impact of offshore renewable developments on predator-prey dynamics. The Remote Tracking of Seabirds at Sea project will investigate how a new tagging technology, MOTUS, can be used to provide better estimates of seabird demography and connectivity to offshore wind farms, and will involve developing a methodological framework for analysing these data. This is an opportunity to be involved in developing interesting statistical approaches using novel ecological data to solve real-world problems relating to the impacts of offshore renewables on seabirds.

We will not consider the use of 3rd party recruitment agencies for the sourcing of candidates for this position.  

The James Hutton Institute is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

The James Hutton Institute is a: Stonewall Diversity Champion; Athena SWAN Bronze Status Holder; Disability Confident Committed Employer and a Living Wage Employer.

The James Hutton Institute is Happy to Talk Flexible Working.

The James Hutton Institute combines strengths in crops, soils and land use and environmental research, and makes a major contribution to the understanding of key global issues, such as food, energy and environmental security, and developing and promoting effective technological and management solutions to these.

James Hutton (1726 – 1797) was a leading figure of the Scottish Enlightenment, an eighteenth century golden age of intellectual and scientific achievements centred on Edinburgh. He is internationally regarded as the founder of modern geology and one of the first scientists to describe the Earth as a living system. His thinking on natural selection influenced Charles Darwin in developing his theory of evolution.

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