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:

Researcher – Ecotoxicology and Environmental Pollution

Salary range £30,066 - £32,641 pa
Working hoursFull-time, 35 hours per week
Closing DateMonday 10 January 2022.

The Environmental Research Institute (ERI) is an established and growing research centre situated 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, dynamic research environment. It is our vision to be ‘internationally recognised for distinctive and innovative environmental science’.

We are now seeking a motivated post-doctoral researcher to work within our ‘Environmental Contamination and Ecological Health’ (ECEH) theme. The position will provide the opportunity to undertake interdisciplinary research, with a particular focus on environmental pollution and the fate, behaviour, and potential impacts of pollutants in the environment. Current focus areas within the group include water quality, pharmaceuticals (fate, impacts, removal form wastewater), lead (Pb) ammunition (risks to wildlife and human health), nutrient recovery (including phosphate), wastewater treatment, plastic pollution (marine and freshwater environment) and biomonitoring.

The successful candidate will be based at ERI’s Castle Street site in Thurso, which hosts several large well-equipped laboratories with an extensive range of instruments and equipment that can be applied to environmental chemistry research - including GC-MS (with TD), GC-FID/TCD, LC-MS/MS systems, LCFLD, ICP-OES, Seal AQ2 discrete analyser, Shimadzu TOC-L DOC analyser and SEM-EDX. We are especially keen to hear from those with strong laboratory skills and experience, in particular the use of targeted LC-MS/MS techniques (including new compound method development) applied to quantify legacy and emerging pollutants of environmental concern in complex matrices.

Applicants should have a PhD in a relevant field (i.e., environmental chemistry, ecotoxicology, environmental pollution) and areas of interest may include:

  • Fate, behaviour and impacts of organic pollutants (i.e., pharmaceuticals, pesticides)
  • Targeted and non-targeted analytical approaches to quantify organic compounds in the environment
  • Water quality, pollution control and wastewater treatment 
  • Biomonitoring and the impacts of pollutants on biota/wildlife/biodiversity

For further informal enquiries regarding this position, please contact, theme leader for ERI’s ‘Environmental Contamination and Ecological Health’ group.

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To apply - please complete the application form & equality form below and submit to

For further informal enquiries regarding this position, please contact, Theme Leader for ERI’s ‘Environmental Contamination and Ecological Health’ group.


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