Scottish Association For Marine Science
Scottish Association For Marine Science

Charity registered in Scotland SC009206

The Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) has been delivering independent marine science since 1884. Based in Oban, 150 staff are working for healthy and sustainably managed seas and oceans through world-class marine research, education and engagement with society.

Current vacancies

Job Purpose - You will be working within our ICT team, providing first line ICT support and data services to staff and students.

Types of activities – Desktop support, installing Windows and Software, rebuilding computers, fixing and maintaining devices (e.g. printers), server room housekeeping.

Individuals will be expected to engage proactively with a varied workload to support requirements across the business, which include Scientific Research, Education and Commercial activities.

During this 12-month apprenticeship, you will work towards an SCQF 6 Diploma in ICT whilst also studying towards Microsoft Technology Associate certifications.

At the end of the apprenticeship, there will be a review of resource requirements. This may result in a future employment position.

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Attributes required – The ideal candidate should have experience with computing, for example, as a hobbyist, and show enthusiasm for the subject area. You should be educated to at least National 5 level, preferably holding certificates in relevant technical, scientific or mathematical subjects. We are looking for someone keen to advance their ICT knowledge in what is a stimulating and diverse working environment.

It would be helpful if you also had some experience of working in a customer-orientated area and are used to dealing with people. You will be expected to help a range of people, including staff, students and visitors and help them with their ICT issues. Good online research/learning skills would be an advantage.

You will be well organised with the ability to multi-task and work well as part of a team that serves the wider research/business/educational community.

This is a great opportunity for those looking to progress their career whilst remaining in the Oban area. We are looking for individuals who bring enthusiasm to their work and are willing to tackle fresh challenges.


Research Aquarium Manager

  • Full time
  • £27,830 – £37,345
  • Oban
  • Closing 21st February 2020

The Scottish Association for Marine Science is an independent marine research organisation in the UK: one of the oldest in the world. We are located on a modern campus adjacent to the European Marine Science Park, on the peaceful Dunstaffnage peninsula, a few miles from the scenic coastal town of Oban (‘The Seafood Capital of Scotland’).

We are currently seeking a dynamic individual to run and promote our aquarium facility.

The Alan Ansell Research Aquarium supports scientists and students from SAMS as well as commercial clients in research, teaching and development projects. The indoor facilities include an open plan experimental area, a mezzanine floor with a communications room, communal areas and numerous photoperiod and constant temperature rooms. Outside there are raceways and tanks. A seaweed hatchery is also integral to the facility. The Manager will assist in the design, development, setting up and running of bespoke experimental systems to conduct aquaculture or marine biology related research projects. SAMS Alan Ansell Aquarium holds a Home Office Establishment licence.

Job Purpose - There are two roles to the Aquarium Manager position: to maintain and support (with Facilities Team) a world class research aquarium facility and; to provide technical and practical support for aquarium based experiments to deliver SAMS research and commercial (SRSL) projects whilst also promoting the facility.

Attributes required - Knowledge of operation of marine aquaria. Willingness to continually develop and maintain knowledge of techniques for the cultivation of marine organisms. Maintain awareness of modern developments in aquarium technology and construction. Substantial experience in an appropriate working environment, either in a research or commercial context. Good IT skills and the ability to accurately complete documentation, records and reports, leading to scientific publications and commercial reports.

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Top job! Head of Financial Services

  • Full time
  • £48,677 – £54,765
  • Oban
  • Closing 14th February 2020

What are we looking for?

Do you enjoy working in an accountancy environment but get your greatest motivation from developing a high performing team who are successful in supporting business delivery through a partnership approach?

We are looking for someone who enjoys not only delivering our finance and contracts areas but who is a natural leader and has proven success at nurturing talent and maintaining a happy, focused and competent team. Being an excellent communicator, you will also foster positive relationships with key stakeholders and partner organisations.

You will be creative, pro-active and keen to develop a commercial agenda – SAMS supports research, education and enterprise activities. You will also be conversant with accountancy software and may have implemented or developed new systems.

So, what do we offer in return?

As a charity at the forefront of marine research and education, we have a stimulating environment working alongside world class academics, enterprise consultants and professional services staff as well as PG/UG students. In an amazing scenic location on the west coast of Scotland, we offer flexible working hours, freedom to grow as an individual and to develop your career. In addition, we offer a generous remuneration package including pension, holidays, free onsite parking, as well as access to our employee benefits package.