Graduate Research Assistant

The National Lobster Hatchery
Agriculture, Animals & Plant Resources, Marine, Scientific Services & Pharmaceuticals
Padstow, Cornwall
Salary Details
£18,000 per annum
Hours of work
9am – 5pm Monday - Friday additionally, work away from site, flexible hours and weekend cover will be required.
Job Type
Closing Date
The National Lobster Hatchery have an opportunity for Research assistance on an exciting project on a fixed term basis until January 2019.

Job Description

We are looking for a Graduate Research Assistant to support the work of Research and Development Manager, Dr. Carly Daniels and the successful delivery of the Lobster Grower 2 (LG2) project. The post will be based at the National Lobster Hatchery (NLH) in Padstow with some time spent off site both at sea and working dock side. 

LG2 focuses on developing the potential for Sea Based Container Culture (SBCC) of the European Lobster. The project aims to test and further develop innovative approaches to culture, through pilot scale field evaluation and the development of an aqua-economic model, which will inform future development.

The successful applicant will have experience in practical research in the field as well as expertise in data collection, collation and processing and be able to work collaboratively as part of the passionate, small team at the charity.

You will provide support in delivery of the project working alongside the research team and help ensure the smooth and efficient running of research and development (R&D) work in accordance to agreed timescales. 

Day to day, you will ensure that all research equipment associated with R&D are maintained in a functional and clean state and that all R&D associated animals are cared for in an appropriate manner. Additionally, you will ensure that research consumables are kept in stock and that the LG2 site is adequately equipped, working with the LG2 Project Officer and R&D Manager to order where necessary. Your overall responsibility will be to ensure research data is collected, collated, analysed and presented accordingly.

About You

Our ideal candidate would have:

  • 1st or upper 2nd class honours degree in Marine Biology or a related discipline and ideally a post graduate qualification in lobster stocking, aquaculture or related discipline (however, a post-grad is not essential)
  • Established data collection and processing skills.
  • Proven skills in crustacean husbandry and maintenance of Life Support Systems (LSS). 
  • Husbandry experience ideally with larval and post-larval clawed lobster or similar. 
  • A good knowledge of the scientific literature on the European Lobster
  • Experience of working on board small seagoing vessels in a research capacity.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Experience of working with stakeholders and in a collaborative environment.
  • Ability to communicate complex and conceptual ideas to a wide range of audiences. 
  • Must have own transport  
  • Vessel safety qualifications appropriate for going to sea in aquaculture vessels.

Company Description

The National Lobster Hatchery was established in 2000 as a charitable organisation that aims to help maintain a healthy lobster population, promoting sustainable fisheries and culture through conservation, education and research.

Located on the South Quay in Padstow, overlooking the Camel Estuary, this is a vibrant place to work with innovation, research and development work at the core.   

Already established as a center for excellence in lobster science – NLH have published numerous papers and presented work on the world stage and welcome over 40,000 visitors through the public education center each year.

Other Application Details

Fixed term Contract: Until the end of January 2019

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Anticipated interview dates: Thursday 26th/ Friday 27th April 2018.

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