Marine Biologists

Thomson Ecology


Paid • Full Time • Permanent

Sectors: ecology

Closing date: Not specified, apply soon!

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Would you like a unique opportunity to work with marine specialists in a company focussing on all areas of ecology? Are you working at assistant level, or do you already have extensive experience in marine benthic sample analysis..? If so, then we would be delighted to hear from you!

Thomson Ecology

We are the UK’s leading experts in gaining consents and meeting ecological planning conditions. Our expertise is in all ecosystems and we provide the full range of services within ecology from survey, through data management to consultancy and public inquiry. Our marine division, Thomson Unicomarine, has over 30 years of marine experience, and the team comprises international experts in marine biology and taxonomy. We have provided specialist marine data management solutions for commercial developers and government bodies, such as the Environment Agency, Cefas and Northern Ireland Environment Agency. We help clients obtain licences and consents for offshore renewable energy, decommissioning, and other marine constructions, oil and gas extraction, sewage outfalls, fish farms, navigational dredging and disposal, beach recharging, aggregate extraction and all near-shore developments.

We promote a happy, friendly workplace and are guided by the company’s core values of Respect, Integrity, Support and Excellence. We provide fantastic on-the-job training, and a range of company benefits including pension contributions, childcare vouchers, discounted gym membership and payment of a professional membership fee. In addition to 25 days' annual leave (pro-rata) we offer staff the ability to buy additional leave during the non-peak season and to request extended periods of leave, to travel or pursue other interests.

The role

We have opportunities available for assistant level marine biologists with experience of working in a laboratory environment undertaking benthic analysis, through to senior level. As part of our marine team you will be involved in benthic faunal sample analysis for a variety of exciting projects from both the UK and abroad. You will be given the opportunity to improve your taxonomic identification skills via exposure to a huge variety of marine invertebrates and on-the-job training. The role will primarily involve working at the microscope, extracting and identifying marine invertebrates.

The successful candidate must have the following

  • experience of identification of benthic fauna from UK waters
  • experience of accurate biological data recording
  • a degree in Marine Biology or related subject
  • the ability to work to the pressures of a commercial laboratory
  • an enthusiastic attitude and willingness to learn.

Ideally you will also have

  • experience in quality control of identifications of benthic fauna from UK waters
  • experience of identification of benthic fauna from non-UK waters
  • participated in benthic faunal surveys
  • experience of managing projects, delivering results on time and to budget
  • a master’s degree in Marine Biology or a related subject
  • experience of biological dataset analysis using statistical packages such as Primer and/or R.

If short-listed, candidates will be expected to demonstrate their skills in identification of fauna.

The position will be based at our head office at the Surrey Research Park, Guildford. The successful candidate will live within commuting distance of Guildford or be prepared to relocate.

If you would like to discuss the position further and what it involves please call Daisy Chamberlain on 01483 466056.

Please apply as soon as possible with your CV and a convincing covering letter outlining your suitability for the role (max 500 words) to

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