Plankton Analyst CPR Survey

The Marine Biological Association of the UK

The Marine Biological Association of the UK

plymouth, uk
Posted on Thursday, August 24, 2023
Closing date
22 Sep 2023 12:00 AM
Plymouth, UK
G2 £11,798.92 to £12,260 pro rata per annum (£21,828 to £22,681 per annum) depending on experience

Hours: 20 hours per week (4-5 hours per day to be worked over 4-5 days)

The Role

The Marine Biological Association (MBA) is an independent research institute carrying out cutting-edge research in fundamental and strategic areas of marine biology. Due to increasing workloads, we are looking for Plankton Analysts to work within the Continuous Plankton Recorder (CPR) Survey. These are part-time positions and once a comprehensive training programme is successfully completed, you will work as a member of a team carrying out the microscopic analysis of CPR plankton samples, and other associated tasks.

The CPR Survey

The Survey, started in 1931, managed by the Sir Alister Hardy Foundation (SAHFOS) from 1991 and incorporated into the MBA in 2018, collects epipelagic plankton from CPRs towed by volunteer merchant ships on regular monthly routes in the Arctic, North Atlantic, North Sea, North Pacific and Southern Ocean. The analysis generates a temporally and spatially unique dataset that provides a range of environmental and climatic indicators used throughout the world by marine scientists and policy makers. It helps them to address marine environmental management issues such as harmful algal blooms, loss of biodiversity, pollution, eutrophication, climate change and problems with fisheries. In addition to CPR samples, the Survey undertakes analysis of net-caught plankton samples from other agencies.

Salary and benefits

  • Salary based on experience
  • 30 days annual leave plus Bank Holidays (pro-rata)
  • 3 Privilege Days given by the MBA (used during festive closure week)
  • Pension scheme – the MBA will contribute 10% of basic salary into a defined contribution scheme with staff making a 3% minimum contribution. The MBA will match additional employee contributions up to an additional 5%.
  • Flexible and hybrid working arrangements
  • Subsidised on site canteen with free tea and coffee
  • 20-minute paid morning break
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Electronic vehicle lease scheme
  • Low-cost bookable parking on site

Key responsibilities and skills – see Job Description attached

Equal Opportunities

We welcome applications from all suitably qualified candidates and seek talented people with diverse backgrounds and perspectives in order to enhance all that we do.

How to apply

Interviews will take place week commencing 9 October 2023

Applicants must be eligible to live and work in the UK

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