UHI North Highland is one of twelve academic partners and research centres that make up UHI. 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:

Research Fellow - Marine Sensing

Salary range £31,066 - £33,641 (Postdoctoral Researcher) £36,467 - £39,420 (Research Fellow)
Duration2 years initially
Working hours35 hours per week
Closing Date9am, Friday 3rd February 2023

UHI North Highland are recruiting for a Research Fellow to develop activities in marine sensing. The researcher will benefit from the purpose-built ‘Centre for Energy and the Environment’ in Thurso, comprising modern offices, instrumentation and electronics laboratories, workshops, and access to the Pentland Firth via ERI’s research boat ‘Aurora’.

The candidate will support design, development, upgrade and deployment of autonomous marine multi-sensor platforms to investigate the environmental effects of large-scale offshore and marine renewable energy. This will include:

  • Design, test and calibration of autonomous marine sensor platforms and surveys
  • Sensor and instrumentation selection, working with the multi-disciplinary team
  • Electrical and electronic design, including instrument control, communications, power supply, redundancy, edge computing
  • Develop & implement software for interfacing sensors and processing data in real time, enabling test and demonstration, before field deployments
  • Contribute to development of algorithms for data processing and analysis.

Applicants should have a PhD or equivalent experience. A background in Electronic Engineering, Oceanography, Ocean Technology, Physics or similar discipline is desirable.

Research interests in some of the following areas are an advantage:

  • Sensing and sensor integration, ideally marine sensing e.g., hydroacoustics, oceanography, hydrodynamics, imaging sonar, fisheries acoustics
  • Software/hardware interfaces, parsing and processing data streams (e.g., Ethernet, proprietary file formats, common databases), communication networks
  • Marine instrumentation e.g., hydroacoustics, oceanography, hydrodynamics
  • Novel sensor platforms, robotics (ASV/USV, drones)

Multi-disciplinary experience, knowledge of programming languages such as MATLAB or Python, and a full driving license are desirable. Experience preparing equipment for marine surveys is a benefit.

Experience can be exemplified by:

  • Research outputs (papers, presentations, etc.)
  • Research grants and/or knowledge exchange and innovation activity
  • Contributing to postgraduate supervision
  • Commercial or consultancy activity

Informal enquires can be made to Dr Benjamin Williamson, leader of the ERI’s ‘Energy’ research group: benjamin.williamson@uhi.ac.uk

Appointment will be initially for 2 years (subject to probationary period) with prospect to extend or transition to an open-ended position.


For Job Description and more information please click on the following link: https://eri.ac.uk/wp-content/uploads/2022/12/ERI-Recruitment-Pack-2022-RF-Marine-Sensing.pdf


Interested in applying? Please download an application pack (a CV alone will not be accepted, but may accompany your application) and send to NHCHR@uhi.ac.uk


If you have any queries about the application process please contact NHCHR@uhi.ac.uk - our postal address is:

Human Resources Team
UHI North Highland
Ormlie Road
KW14 7EE