Peatland Scientist (Maternity Cover)

The Environmental Research Institute (ERI) is a distinctive research centre situated in the town of Thurso in the northern Highlands of Scotland. It is part of the North Highland College, one of the partners in the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI); Scotland’s newest and most unique University.

The ERI has a rapidly evolving research profile and provides a high quality, vibrant research environment. It has unrivalled access to some outstanding natural environments including the Flow Country Peatlands of Caithness and Sutherland, the largest blanket bog in Europe.

In order to provide cover during a maternity leave, we currently have an exciting opportunity for a peatland scientist to get involved with the Flow Country Research Hub and contribute to specific projects within the ERI’s research and teaching portfolio.

Applications are sought from motivated candidates with a demonstrable knowledge and proven track record of experience in:


  • Use of Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar (InSAR) to measure deformation on peatlands
  • Field work in the Flow Country peatlands
  • Teaching and student supervision (including demonstrating)
  • Collaborative peatland research
  • Project management


Applications are welcomed from candidates with the relevant experience who will be able to relocate to the ERI in Thurso for the period between January and June 2018.

Appointment will be made to the grade of Research Fellow (£37,447 – £39,656 depending on experience and track record) on a 50% FTE basis. You will be entitled to join the Local Government Pension Scheme.

Closing date for receipt of applications is 26 October 2017. For more details, contact Dr Roxane Andersen ( or click on links below:


ERI Application Form

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ERI Guidance for Applicants Maternity cover peatland scientist