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Technician - Deep sea research equipment

Technician - Deep sea research equipment

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The Lyell Centre, Heriot-Watt University

The Lyell Centre
Based at Heriot-Watt’s Edinburgh Campus, Heriot-Watt University and the British Geological Survey (BGS) have joined forces to create a new research platform, the Lyell Centre for Earth and Marine Science and Technology to become one of Europe’s leading centres for research and expertise in the earth and marine sciences.

Jointly funded by UK and Scottish funders; Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), Scottish Funding Council (SFC) and Heriot-Watt, The Lyell Centre will promote innovative research at the core of geoscience, marine and terrestrial ecology, computing, mathematics and engineering. The Lyell Centre building project was completed in February 2016. The University is now recruiting senior academics to build research teams, supported by new state of the art analytical facilities that enable realisation of the Centre’s vision and research strategy. Together with our colleagues at BGS, the Centre aims to create a world-leading research cluster bringing science and technology together to tackle major issues of natural resource and energy supply in a responsible and sustainable way.

The new fusion of pure and applied expertise between Heriot-Watt and the BGS provides an opportunity to develop and use innovative methods and new technologies to create real-world solutions to address global challenges The Lyell Centre’s research themes are clustered in two main areas: Applied Geoscience and Ecosystems Science. New research laboratories in Biogeochemistry, Marine Sciences, and GeoEnergy are fundamental components to facilitate and catalyse advancement of research and outreach in the Lyell Centre.
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The position will be within the Marine Benthic Ecology, Biogeochemistry and In situ Technology (MBEBIT) research group, headed by Prof. Andrew K. Sweetman


Edinburgh, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland


Relevant divisions
Climate: Past, Present & Future (CL)
Hydrological Sciences (HS)
Ocean Sciences (OS)



£26,715–£30,942 (Grade 6)

Preferred education

Application deadline
14 April 2020

26 March 2020

Job description

The role will be supporting an industry-funded research project researching the environmental impact of deep-sea mining on the ecosystem in the Clarion Clipperton Zone (CCZ) in the middle of the Pacific Ocean off of California. The project will involve a series of cruises on research vessels.

The individual will provide technical and logistical support for the Marine Benthic Ecology Biogeochemistry and In Situ Technology Group. The applicant would be going on two to three research cruises per year, working with marine seafloor landers which are deployed over the side of the ship to the seafloor about 5km down.

Summary of Key Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Maintaining and problem-solving the specialised scientific equipment for marine research.
  • Mobilising and demobilising for research cruises, including testing, packing and shipping sensitive scientific equipment across the world.
  • While on the research vessel, deploying, maintaining and recovering seafloor landers during open-ocean research cruises. These cruises will be an average of 4 to 7 weeks away from Edinburgh.
  • Ordering and maintaining supplies and inventory of equipment and consumables.
  • Assisting at times in the lab with experiments. Previous lab experience is not essential but would be desirable.

How to apply

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