North Highland College UHI is one of thirteen academic partners and research centres that make up the University of the Highlands and Islands. This unique partnership allows us to deliver further and higher education programmes at our Thurso, Halkirk, Dornoch and Alness campuses.

To support our work we are recruiting to the following role:

KTP Associate - Marine Acoustic Engineer

Salary range £30,066 – £32,641 pa or £35,467 – £38,420 pa (in exceptional circumstances)
DurationFixed term post, for 30 months
Working hoursFull-time, 35 hours per week
LocationOSC in Dunbar, Scotland (although you may be required to work at ERI in Thurso.)
Closing DateMonday 6 December 2021, 9.00am

This is an exciting opportunity for an ambitious graduate in Electronic and Electrical Engineering or a relevant field covering sensing and instrumentation, to fast-track their career development as a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) Associate. KTP supports partnerships between business and universities or research organisations, placing graduates (KTP Associates) to work on innovative high-profile projects. The successful candidate will undertake a 30-month collaborative project between Ocean Science Consulting Limited (OSC) and the Environmental Research Institute at the University of the Highlands and Islands (ERI-UHI). The post will be based at the company’s headquarters in Dunbar, East Lothian.

The post-holder will lead development of an integrated system for marine mammal mitigation from offshore developments (e.g. windfarm, oil & gas, harbour construction, etc.) on marine mammals. This work will involve design, research into component selection and sourcing, requirements for operations in different jurisdictions, integrating the system components and instruments, and then testing and validating in the field.

The successful candidate will receive extensive practical and formal training, gain marketable skills, broaden their knowledge and expertise within an industrially relevant project, and gain valuable research and commercial experience from business and academic mentors.

Candidates should possess a Bachelor’s and/or Master’s degree in Electronic and Electrical Engineering, or a related discipline. A PhD is not essential for this post, but an awareness of research would be an advantage. The candidate will be expected work in Dunbar and should be self-motivated with an ability to work independently to tight deadlines and prioritise workloads as client requests come in. A willingness to undertake field trials offshore is essential.

The ideal candidate must be able to communicate effectively with a range of stakeholders, e.g. academic and technical teams, sales and marketing personnel, existing company customers and potential new clients. Team working, flexibility and attention to detail will be key requirements.

To apply, please send your completed Application form, CV and Equality form to

Full details of this exciting opportunity are available at:



Interviews will be held week beginning 13 December 2021.

If you have any queries about the application process please contact - our postal address is:

Human Resources Team
North Highland College UHI
Ormlie Road
KW14 7EE