Plankton Analyst, SAHFOS | POGO

Plankton Analyst, SAHFOS

SAHFOS, a UK registered international charity, is looking to appoint a Plankton Analyst.  This is a part-time position at 20 hours per week.   Once trained the post holder will work as a member of a team carrying out the microscopic analysis of plankton samples, fixed in formalin, collected by the Continuous Plankton Recorder (CPR) Survey.


The CPR Survey

The Survey, started in 1931 and managed by SAHFOS since 1991, collects epipelagic plankton from CPRs towed by volunteer merchant ships on regular monthly routes in the North Atlantic, North Sea, North Pacific and Southern Ocean. Recently, the Survey has expanded into the Arctic Ocean and has carried out one-off surveys in the Indian Ocean, Baltic and Mediterranean Seas.

The analysis generates temporally and spatially unique dataset that provides a range of environmental and climatic indicators used throughout the world by marine scientists and policy makers. It helps them to address marine environmental management issues such as harmful algal blooms, loss of biodiversity, pollution, eutrophication, climate change and problems with fisheries.


Requirements for the Post

You will need a minimum of ‘A’ levels in sciences and experience using optical microscopes. We expect you to be well organised, work effectively as part of a team, have excellent attention to detail and be proactive in a growing organisation. You must have a good working knowledge of MS Windows and Office products.



  • Routine analysis of plankton samples
  • Data entry using a computer
  • Preparation of samples for analysis
  • Preparation of preservation chemicals
  • Contribute to the curation of the International Sample Archive
  • Any other associated tasks as required

The successful candidate can look forward to working in a unique international Centre of Excellence in Marine Plankton Taxonomy.



SAHFOS has a flexible working arrangement.

You will be automatically enrolled into SAHFOS' group personal pension scheme (the ‘Company Scheme’) to which SAHFOS will contribute a sum equivalent to 10% of your salary, such contributions to be paid in equal monthly instalments in arrears. 


The annual leave allowance is 30 days per annum (pro rata) plus statutory Bank Holidays.


Informal enquiries concerning the post can be made to Marianne Wootton: Tel 01752 426491,


The closing date for applications is Friday 8 September.


Interviews will be held in Plymouth, Devon on Wednesday 20 September. References will be sought prior to interview unless advised otherwise.

To apply, please send a covering letter, your CV and names and contact details of two referees to:

Marion Smith, SAHFOS, The Laboratory, Citadel Hill, Plymouth, PL1 2PB

Tel: 01752 426413 or by e-mail:



PLANKTON ANALYST (20 hours per week)

£17885.93 per annum (£9667.35 pro rata)


Plymouth, Devon, UK 





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