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Behalf Of CBMWC
Sent: Thursday, March 10, 2011 10:41 AM
Subject: [MARMAM] PhD marine research assistant opportunity, Wales, UK
Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre & Aberystwyth University
PhD Marine Research Assistant Opportunity
A PhD Assistant is required to assist with scientific research on marine
mammals in Cardigan Bay, west Wales. The assistant will work closely with
the Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre (CBMWC) and Aberystwyth University
PhD researcher. The opportunity is available for the forthcoming 2011 field
season (April to October/November 2011).
The Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre is a non-profit organisation based
in New Quay, west Wales, UK and since 1996 has been dedicated to raising
awareness of the local marine environment through education and research.
Through boat-based and land-based surveys we monitor bottlenose dolphin,
harbour porpoise and Atlantic grey seal populations, with a focus on the
photo-identification of the semi-resident population of bottlenose dolphins
in the Cardigan Bay Special Area of Conservation (SAC). Working closely with
the local authority, Ceredigion County Council, we coordinate data
collection at two land survey sites, New Quay Harbour and Aberystwyth
collecting data that contributes to the long term dolphin monitoring project
in Cardigan Bay SAC.
To learn more, please visit www.cbmwc.org <http://www.cbmwc.org/>
The Aberystwyth University PhD project is investigating the use of remote
sensing data and imagery for modelling and monitoring large marine species
(whales, dolphins, turtles) over whole sea areas and will be using a variety
of data sources and technologies including data collected by CBMWC
The Research Assistant will be responsible for assisting CBMWC’s Science
Officer with the coordination of on-going research and training of
volunteers as well as assisting with additional activities relating to
CBMWC’s work and the PhD project.
This is a fantastic opportunity for you to learn about marine species and
habitats in the Irish Sea, to gain experience in scientific data collection
and valuable experience in field work, research methods, data processing and
public awareness and education programmes. In addition to this you will be
contributing to long term studies on bottlenose dolphin site usage and
abundance, photo-identification studies and will act as a research assistant
for a PhD project being undertaken by CBMWC’s Science Officer.
· Be able to commit to the position for a minimum of five months
· Minimum of a BSc in a relevant/related field
· Be able to assist with coordination and training of volunteers
(data collection and data entry)
· Demonstrable interest in the marine environment and marine
· Ability to work as part of a small team and outdoors in
changeable weather conditions
· Confident in dealing with the public both face to face and over
· Fluency in English
· Experience working on small boats may be beneficial
· Familiar with MS Office including Access and word processing
· Knowledge and experience using GIS software may be beneficial but
is not essential.
· RYA Powerboat license would be advantageous but is not essential
· A full UK driving license and access to your own transport would
The successful candidate is expected to be independent, proactive and
self-motivated. They must be reliable, conscientious, be able to work
unsupervised and have a mature approach to their work.
You must be available and willing to work up to 8 hours a days, six days a
week and be prepared to work both indoors and in an office environment.
Field work can involve long periods outdoors, in often inclement Welsh
weather. You will also be expected to contribute to all CBMWC activities,
tasks and field work and to attend all training sessions provided.
Accommodation and expense arrangements
This is an unpaid volunteer position but there is basic, shared
accommodation that can be arranged for the successful candidate if they are
from outside the local area (approx £55 per week). You will be responsible
for your own food, travel, accommodation and living expenses.
There are plenty of opportunities to gain part time paid work in the local
area to help cover your living expenses and we can assist you with this.
How to apply
Please email your CV, a cover letter, detailing your availability and why
you are suitable for this position and what you hope to gain from the
experience and the contact details of two references to [log in to unmask],
with ‘PhD Research Assistant’ in the subject line.
FAO: Laura Mears
Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre
Patent Slip Building
For further information
If you have any questions please email [log in to unmask] with an
appropriate subject line or call Laura or Sarah on +44 (0)1545 560032.
Posted on behalf of:
Ph.D Candidate, Uses of remote sensing for monitoring large marine species.
Institue of Geography & Earth Sciences, Aberystwyth University
Cardigan Bay Marine Wildlife Centre
Patent Slip Building
West Wales, UK
Ffon/Phone: 01545 560032
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