Closed CLOSING DATE: 17/03/2019

Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre

SLSIP 2019 - Aquaculture Innovation Intern

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Undergraduate Degree

Closing Date:
Science and environment
Forth Valley
£9 ph
12 weeks
Ref code

Placement summary

Scottish salmon, produced by aquaculture, is the UK’s largest single food export. Salmon farmed in the sea, like any other animal species, attract parasites. One prevalent parasite is sea lice which are managed by a range of methods, both preventative and via interventions or treatments to remove them from adhering to the salmon’s skin. When a medicine is used in the open sea environment it is strictly controlled and monitored by the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency. There is a substantial body of publicly available data on medicine use in aquaculture which awaits analysis.

The Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre wishes to carry out a short project to examine the use of medicines over time. This is a novel data analysis exercise and would provide a candidate with experience handling large volumes of information.

Job description

Project Description

A successful SAIC intern will be required to:

  • Carry out fact finding, data collection, data analysis
  • Understand statistics and computer programmes that can be applied to data analysis
  • Work with SAIC staff and companies / individuals within the aquaculture sector
  • Learn about the aquaculture industry
  • Identify aims and personal targets that allow completion of the placement objectives

Placement Objectives

The right candidate will develop their computer and organisational skills, learn to set targets and present findings for real-world data. These skills are critical to executing an excellent dissertation project in any science discipline, and will also be highly valuable when applying for jobs after graduation.

The successful candidate will:

  • Collate information
  • Analyse information from the public domain that is relevant to the aquaculture industry
  • Apply current skills and develop data analysis techniques
  • Contextualise the findings of data analysis
  • Formulate and present a report based on these findings

Other benefits for the successful candidate:

  • Experience working as part of a supportive project team
  • Apply theoretical knowledge from studies to real-life problems within an organisational environment
  • Develop professional networking skills
  • Meet deadlines and targets
  • Expand their own knowledge of the aquaculture industry

On completion of this project, the intern will have collated and analysed data, examined the relevance of those findings to the aquaculture industry, and presented the results of their work to a professional audience.

Role Description

See placement summary and description. 


This programme is for 1st, 2nd or 3rd year undergraduate students studying a Life Science degree in Scotland. Please click here to see if your course is eligible. You can only apply for a maximum of 3 placements, so please research the roles thoroughly before submitting your CV.

Skills / Experience

Essential Skills

  • Enthusiastic and committed to learn
  • Interested in aquaculture and the real world value of data analysis
  • Mathematical and number skills
  • Computer literate (Excel essentially, some knowledge of stats)

Desirable Skills

  • Good communication skills
  • Willing to engage with a wide range of new contacts


Company benefits

Benefits to an intern include:

  • A chance to work within the aquaculture industry
  • Develop knowledge of the sector and network
  • Expand knowledge of data analysis techniques
  • Further develop understanding and application of theoretical knowledge to real life data
  • Gain general work experience skills – communication, planning, reporting, time-keeping and office skills
  • Take part in the SAIC intern training scheme providing support and a network to interns working in Scottish aquaculture
  • The opportunity to learn about the marketing and digital communications functions of SAIC
  • The opportunity to job-shadow the Chief Executive at an external meeting
  • The opportunity to visit a fish or shellfish farm or processor and/or regulator as part of the placement
  • An opportunity to follow in the footsteps of previous SAIC interns, several of whom have gone on to secure employment in the Scottish aquaculture industry
  • SAIC is also a fun place to work for anyone interested in science, numbers, food production, rural skills, animals and Scotland

Placement benefits

As part of ScotGrad Graduate Placement Programme, the successful candidate will have access to a free two day business and employability skills residential course and also benefit from ongoing support from the ScotGrad team throughout the duration of the placement. 

Additional information



Company information

SAIC is one of eight innovation centres set up in 2012 with the aim of developing and promoting Scottish industry.

As the name suggests our main focus is Aquaculture, or the production of fish for human consumption. This focusses mainly on salmon fish farming, but also includes trout and shellfish.

Our aim is to support industry to meet the demands of the 21st Century: to produce high quality food, through high welfare standards, utilising and supporting innovation in farming, engineering, data, logistics, animal nutrition, breeding, genetics and environmental factors.
We connect businesses, researchers and other stakeholders, stimulating and supporting commercially-relevant collaboration within the aquaculture sector. 

Throughout each and every aspect of our work, we’re helping ensure that the voice of Scottish aquaculture is heard across the wider research and public sector landscape. Not just in Scotland, but further afield in the UK, EU and elsewhere.

Chemical Sciences

Company website: www.scottishaquaculture.com