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:

Plant Ecologist

Salary range £ 29,316 – £ 33,739 pa
DurationAppointment will be made for a fixed period of 36 months
LocationEnvironmental Research Institute (ERI), Thurso.
Closing DateMonday 18th January 2021, 12:00 noon

The Environmental Research Institute (ERI) is a distinctive research centre located in the town of Thurso in the northern Highlands of Scotland. It is part of North Highland College, one of the partners in the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI); Scotland’s newest and most distinctive university.

The ERI has a rapidly evolving research profile and provides a high quality, vibrant academic environment, and unrivalled access to some outstanding natural environments. We are now looking for a Molecular Plant Ecologist: Carbon, Water, Climate.

Within the ERI, Dr Roxane Andersen who leads the Carbon Water & Climate theme recently secured a Leverhulme Leadership Award to undertake a research programme on peatland resilience: from molecular to landscape scales.

Applications are sought from dynamic and motivated candidates to develop “metabolomics” and trait based approaches for testing stress responses in Sphagnum species and relate those to emissions of greenhouse gases and volatile organic compounds. Applicants should have a PhD or equivalent experience in relevant fields, such as: Biology/botany

  • Biochemistry/chemistry
  • Environmental sciences
  • Applied Sciences

Experience with Sphagnum identification, field work in remote areas including peatlands and demonstrable laboratory and analytical skills will be considered favourably, however training will be provided for all aspects of the post.

TO APPLY: please visit the ERI website where you will find full details and an application form:

Please also include the Equality Form below, along with your application documents, to be emailed to

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