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 - Renewable Energy & the Environment

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

We are recruiting for a Research Fellow in Renewable Energy and the Environment to join our multi-disciplinary group working to advance understanding of the biophysical interactions of marine and offshore renewable energy with the environment. This permanent (open-ended) position seeks contribution to existing projects, to complement or diversify existing strengths, and become the next wave of leadership informing sustainable use of our oceans.

Coordinated and scalable marine sensing and measurement systems are vital to increased understanding of our seas. Activities will support existing projects including PREDICT and PELAgIO focusing on offshore wind, and a wide diversity of projects on wave and tidal steam energy, as well as expanding our portfolio of projects. 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’.

Activities will focus on development of advanced algorithms and automated processing techniques, including sensor fusion, active acoustic data (echosounder, multibeam imaging sonar), exploring options for computer vision (optical cameras), with concurrent co-collection of environmental data.

Applicants should have a PhD or equivalent research experience, a strong analytical background, and interest in marine ecosystems and offshore renewable energy. A background in Computer Science, Informatics, Applied Mathematics, Oceanography, Ocean Technology, or similar discipline e.g., relevant skills from Physics / Engineering / Quantitative Environmental Science / Signal Processing are desirable.

Desirable skills and experience include data analysis, algorithm development, ideally with experience in hydroacoustics / imaging sonar processing / computer vision or marine environmental, biophysical, oceanographic sensing / sensor fusion.

Multi-disciplinary experience, knowledge of programming languages such as MATLAB or Python, and a full driving license are desirable.

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

This is an open-ended appointment (subject to probationary period).


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


For Job Description and more information please click on the following link: ERI-Recruitment-Pack-2022-RF-REE.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