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Computing and Informatics Technician

Scottish Association for Marine Science
Job Location
Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS)
Scottish Marine Institute
PA37 1QA
United Kingdom
£28,143 to £30,738 per annum

Employee benefits package

Generous pension scheme

Beautiful location

Job Description

Computing and Informatics Technician

Salary: £28,143 to £30,738 per annum
Fixed Term Appointment – 2 years

SAMS is seeking an enthusiastic person with skills in scientific computing and data management. Duties will be to support a broad range of scientific projects in all areas of marine science covering high performance computing, databases, bioinformatics and application development. Linux Administration, database\SQL and strong scripting skills are essential; experience with bioinformatics software and application development would be of major benefit.

Initially for 2 years, this post has potential to be extended as new scientific projects are awarded.

SAMS offers an employee benefits package as well as generous pension scheme.

Situated at Dunstaffnage on the beautiful west coast of Scotland, the area offers a range of activities for those who enjoy the outdoors. There is a nursery adjacent to SAMS as well as a visitor centre and café.

Further information is available on line at Alternatively, please write to: Human Resources, Computing & Informatics Technician, Job Ref D08/15.SG, The Scottish Association for Marine Science, Scottish Marine Institute, Oban, Argyll PA37 1QA or e-mail

The closing date for receipt of applications is 15th April 2016

SAMS is a registered Scottish charity (SC 009206), has an equal opportunities policy and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.



A Bachelor’s Degree or higher in computing or science and\or equivalent demonstrable experience. This would especially suit someone trained in informatics.

Excellent working knowledge of:

-       GNU/Linux system administration (Ubuntu\CentOS preferred)

-       Scripting languages (Bash, Python, Perl etc.) and text manipulation tools (sed, awk, etc.)

-       Database Management Systems (e.g. MySQL, PostgreSQL, Microsoft Access)

-       High Performance computers (cluster and workstations)

-       Informatics (e.g. Bioinformatics or Chemo-informatics)

Working Knowledge of:

-       Scientific\Research Data Management (e.g. Data Lifecycle, data standards)

-       Microsoft Windows and Office software

-       Networks and email system

-       Virtual Infrastructure Systems (e.g. VMware, Hyper-V)

-       Other operating systems

Some experience of the following would be beneficial:

-       Web & application development (e.g. PHP, HTML5, javascript, ajax)

-       Advanced GIS skills (e.g. ArcGIS, QGIS, etc)

Be able to:

-       Work as part of a team

-       Multi task

-       Prioritise tasks & use own initiative

-       Absorb & retain new information through learning on the job, self-learning & training

-       Train and guide unexperienced users (GNU/Linux, high performance equipment)


-       Excellent communication skills in a frontline role

-       Flexibility in the role

-       A methodical approach to problem solving

How to Apply

Apply online by visiting the vacancies section of our website:


Send a CV and cover letter by email to:

or by post to: Human Resources, Computing & Informatics Technician, Job Ref D08/15.SG, The Scottish Association for Marine Science, Scottish Marine Institute, Oban, Argyll PA37 1QA 

About Our Organization

Background to The Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS)

SAMS is an independent, not-for-profit, marine research institute based three miles outside of the scenic west coast town of Oban, two hours north of Glasgow. Founded in 1884 by Sir John Murray, SAMS is Scotland’s oldest oceanographic institution and is governed as a learned society. SAMS currently employs 155 staff and has around 300 members.

SAMS is a company limited by guarantee (SC009292) and a charitable organisation (009206) registered in Scotland. It is a partner of the University of the Highlands and Islands, the Natural Environment Research Council, the Marine Alliance for Science and Technology for Scotland (MASTS), and the United Nations University.

The SAMS mission is to deliver world-class marine science that supports society with innovative solutions to developing a sustainable relationship with the marine environment. SAMS is an international marine research institute working on multi-disciplinary research themes that investigate topics including marine renewable energy, Arctic Seas, dynamic ocean processes and people and the sea.

We provide innovative higher education degrees and short training courses. Currently we educate around 80 undergraduate students, 15 Masters students and 30 PhD students. The SAMS Centre for Field Studies provides courses and facilities for visiting groups from universities, business and special interest organisations.

We also provide a multitude of services to business through a wholly owned subsidiary company, SAMS Research Services Limited (SRSL), and are home to the European Centre for Marine Biotechnology as a business incubator facility with tenant companies.

To deliver our research and education activities we are supported by outstanding facilities, capabilities and infrastructure, including two coastal research vessels, a significant research aquarium, the Culture Collection of Algae and Protozoa, the National Facility for Scientific Diving, the Centre for Smart Observations, conference facilities, modern and well-equipped research and teaching laboratories. Since 2013 we also have a visitor facility with shop and café: the Ocean Explorer Centre.

Oban is a major West Highland centre, convenient for mountains, lochs and sea.  It is about two hours by road from Glasgow, and is well served by rail, road and ferry links. A small airport operated from Connel.

Our geographical situation allows unprecedented access to a variety of marine environments. 

For further information please visit our website

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