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UHI Shetland, ZE1 0PX
£21,381 - £21,918 per year plus distant islands allowance
Contract Type:
Position Type:
Full Time
35 hours per week

Applications for this job cannot be made online. Please refer to the advert for further information.

Applications are invited for a Fisheries Research Assistant to support our programmes of fisheries data collection, research and consultancy services. The role will be varied in nature and with a strong practical element. You will need to be highly motivated, collaborative team player, with a keen eye for detail and accuracy. You will need to communicate effectively with Fisheries Scientists, the wider department, and to foster excellent relations with industry stakeholders and research partners.

The role will require you to undertake biological and fisheries data collection and sampling at fish markets, processors and in our laboratories, with some out-of-hours work and some day-trips on both commercial (mainly shellfish) and UHI-Shetland vessels. Training in biological sampling and data entry will be provided. There will be opportunities to develop your role as a researcher within new and existing projects and consultancy.

The successful candidate will hold either a degree in a relevant area, such as marine biology or ecology, or will have a working experience of the fishing industry and a desire to be involved in the practical work that supports scientific research.

If you would like to discuss any aspects of this position, please contact us at


UHI Shetland

UHI Shetland is part of the University of the Highlands and Islands, Scotland's newest university. Founded 20 years ago, we offer well-equipped, modern facilities and provide applied research, consultancies and knowledge exchange projects together with high-quality accredited and bespoke training.

UHI Shetland mirrors National terms and conditions, offering a generous 45 days per year Annual Leave allowance, and a standard 35 hours per week for full time staff.

Distant Islands Allowance is currently set at £2,541 which would be in addition to any salary payment.


UHI Shetland is an equal opportunities employer operating a blind recruitment process and will not accept CVs as an application.

Please download and complete the application form attached and return to