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: Ornithology and Island Ecosystems

Salary range £30,066 - £32,641
Duration3 years (subject to probationary period) with the possibility to extend.
Working hours35 hours per week.
Closing Date9am, Wednesday 28th July 2021

The Environmental Research Institute (ERI) is part of North Highland College, a partner in the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI).

Located in Thurso, on the North coast of Scotland, the ERI is close to many outstanding marine energy resources. Sustainable use of these wind, wave and tidal stream resources is key to achieving ambitious Scottish and international renewable energy targets. 

The ERI’s thematic priority of ‘Renewable Energy and the Environment’ aims to undertake research that underpins these ambitions. Our work is truly interdisciplinary, encompassing engineering, ecology, oceanography, marine sensing and robotics, and involving collaboration with an array of regional, national and international partners.

We are now seeking to recruit a dynamic researcher to support our ecology work within the ROBINSON project and to expand our portfolio of ornithology-related research.

Applicants should have a PhD or equivalent experience in relevant fields, such as:

  • Ornithology
  • Marine Ecology
  • Renewable Energy
  • Island Ecosystems
  • Impact Assessment and Cumulative Impacts.

Multi-disciplinary experience, particularly in the marine environment, fieldwork experience and knowledge of island ecosystems are an advantage. A full driving licence and a BTO ringing permit are desirable.

Informal enquires can be made to Dr Benjamin Williamson, leader of the ERI’s ‘Renewable Energy and the Environment’ team:

Click here to apply and include the below Equality Monitoring Form with your application:

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