Research and Career Opportunities

Director, Partnership Development - OERA, Halifax NS

Reporting to the Executive Director, the successful candidate will develop and execute a strategy to diversify and grow OERA's network of partners, develop and execute a communications strategy and contribute to setting research priorities through an understanding of energy policy.

Closing date for Applications: Friday, March 15, 2019 - End of Business Day

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Project Manager - OERA, Halifax NS

OERA is looking for a Project Manager to join their team. You will report to the Executive Director and be responsible for the successful delivery of a new marine renewable energy research program focused on environmental monitoring. This is multi-disciplined technology development program with specific deliverables. You will work closely with contributors from academia, technology suppliers, regulators, marine operators and tidal-energy companies.

Closing date for Applications:  Thursday, March 14th, 2019 - End of Business Day

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 Three PhD Positions in Tidal Energy Available – Australia Maritime College (AMC), Tasmania, Australia

The Research Project

The AMC is leading a three-year Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) project under the Advancing Renewable Programme titled Tidal Energy in Australia – Assessing Resource and Feasibility to Australia’s Future Energy Mix. This project is in collaboration with CSIRO and The University of Queensland and supported by industry partners OpenHydro Ltd, MAKO Tidal Turbines Ltd, Protean Wave Energy Ltd and BioPower Systems Ltd, and international research organisations Bangor University (United Kingdom) and Acadia University (Canada).

This project will undertake in three components to map Australia’s tidal energy potential in unprecedented detail and assess the feasibility for it to contribute to Australia’s energy needs, aiding the emerging tidal energy industry to develop commercial-scale tidal energy projects.

  • Component 1 will deliver a National Australian high-resolution tidal resource assessment, which will feed into the Australian Renewable Energy Mapping Infrastructure (AREMI) online atlas;
  • Component 2 comprises of focussed case studies involving field-based campaigns and high-resolution numerical site assessments at two locations: Eastern Bass Strait Tasmania and one to be decided from project outcomes;
  • Component 3 will deliver a technological and economic feasibility assessment for tidal energy integration into Australia’s energy infrastructure, including examination of issues such as grid integration, competitiveness, intermittency and farm design.

There are three PhD positions open to undertake research related to this project, its outcomes and tidal energy technology research and development.

For more information please visit:Tidal Energy in Australia – Assessing Resource and Feasibility to Australia’s Future Energy Mix

Environmental Programs Director – FORCE, Halifax, NS.

FORCE is currently seeking an Environmental Programs Director to lead all components of its Environmental Program, including environmental effects monitoring, permitting and approvals. Must be willing to travel, and the successful candidate may identify either Parrsboro or Halifax, NS as a primary work site. Please read the job description before applying and email your resume and letter of introduction in confidence to with the subject header “Environmental Programs Director” 

Closes Friday, June 30, 2017 (4:00PM ADT).

Unique Opportunity for PhD in Ecology and Renewable Energy Scotland: Determining the Ecology and Physics of Tidal-Stream Habitats (DEPTH)

This ecologically based MASTS PhD has industry partner European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) and Regulator partner Marine Scotland Science (MSS) Renewables ( with the student initially based at the University of Aberdeen and co-hosted by SAMS/UHI and will start in Oct 2017.   The PhD will focus on uncovering the drivers of animal behaviour and distribution in high energy sites and determine how to best monitor and understand their interactions with marine renewable developments.

This PhD is for the person who is interested in multi-disciplinary research ranging from animal behaviour (fish, seabirds and mammals) and their interactions with oceanographic and noise variables in high energy sites.  This PhD will give unique opportunities to perform cutting edge ecological research while working directly with the renewables industries and will influence government policy

If this is the sort of challenge you are looking for in a PhD – please apply at

Deadline Friday June 16th

Job Opportunity: Lead Scientist: Renewable Energy and the Environment

Grade: Senior Research Fellow

Salary: £38,515 – £45,960 (depending on track record and experience)

Term: 3 years with potential to extend

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 dynamic Pentland Firth waters, which lie between Caithness and Orkney in northern Scotland, where the Atlantic Ocean meets the North Sea.

As part of our commitment to developing our international research profile, we have an exciting opportunity for an experienced and highly motivated scientist to lead our activity in “Renewable Energy and the Environment” and to contribute to the ERI’s research portfolio and strategy.

Applications are sought from motivated candidates with a demonstrable expertise and proven track record of research in any area of science related to “Renewable Energy and the Environment”, for example:

  • Marine ecology
  • Coastal physical oceanography (particularly tides and waves)
  • Marine bio-physical interactions
  • Fisheries and fish ecology (especially migratory species)
  • Ecosystem dynamics
  • Device-environment interaction including the cumulative effects of arrays

Applications are welcomed from candidates with experience in related areas e.g. cumulative impacts and / or EIAs.

Appointment will be made to the grade of Senior Research Fellow (£38,515 – £45,960) depending on experience and track record. You will be entitled to join the Local Government Pension Scheme.

The closing date for receipt of applications is 9 January 2017


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Marine Renewable Energy MSc/Diploma


Heriot Watt University offers a 12 month full-time MSc degree course taught at their Orkney Campus. It involves studying 8 taught courses. If you can demonstrate that you have already mastered the subject, you may apply for an exemption from one of the taught courses and undertake a Design Project instead. The MSc programme is completed with a research dissertation equivalent to 4 taught courses.

Distance Learning

The Marine Renewable Energy MSc/Diploma is also available for independent distance learning. For distance learners, the main difference is that you will undertake the Development Project alone rather than as part of a group. You can still obtain the full MSc in Marine Renewable Energy, or you can opt to study fewer courses, depending on your needs.

For more information, please visit the Heriot Watt University website

Student Opportunity: Research Studentship in Tidal Stream Energy

University of Oxford, United Kingdom

3.5-year D.Phil studentship, available from 11th October 2015 (subject to eligibility requirements).

Research Area

This studentship, fully funded by Alstom Ocean Energy, is to investigate and develop pitch control strategies for tidal stream turbines. Unsteady loading due to once per revolution and higher frequencies are a source of damaging load events and contribute significantly to rotor fatigue damage rates. The project will use Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) to simulate and develop pitch control strategies, whereby each turbine blade is individually pitched as it completes its rotation, in order to alleviate the cyclical loading caused by shear profiles, tower passing, array end effects, seabed and sea surface proximity. Blade resolved 3D CFD, using large-scale supercomputing facilities, will be used to develop a better understanding of the interaction of each blade with the flow as it pitches whilst rotating. This will lead to the development of pitch control strategies that balance unsteady load relief against performance reduction, and to reduced order engineering models of individual pitch control suitable for turbine rotor design processes.

The successful applicant will join the Tidal Energy Research group and be supervised by Professor Richard Willden. The group of around ten fluid dynamicists conducts research at all scales of the tidal energy problem from blade to basin scale flows. Further information about the work of the group can be found at

Application deadline:  12 noon on 29th July 2015

Further details can be found here

Job Posting: Director, Marine Engineering (FORCE)

The new Director of Marine Engineering will advise senior staff of FORCE on marine operations and equipment, and will conduct or oversee all of FORCE’s marine activities, projects, and responsibilities, as well as manage upgrades and changes to the FORCE onshore electrical infrastructure.

Please see job description for more details.

Terms: This is a full-­time, two-­year contract (until September 30, 2017, possibly longer). Compensation will be based on qualifications and experience.

Anticipated Start: October 1, 2015

Applications: FORCE will accept submissions until 4:00 pm, August 7, 2015. Please email your CV and letter of introduction in confidence to with the subject header “Director, Marine Engineering”

NSCC Oceans Technology Advanced Diploma Student Internships

Posted January 6, 2015

New Oceans Technology Graduates will soon be here to help you grow your business! They need your support to help them finish their program by hiring them on as a paid intern. NSCC listened to your needs and have produced a new stream of talent just for your industry. Good people are hard to find!  Are you looking to add a new member to your team? Need an extra hand for the summer months?  Are you overworked on certain projects?  Do you have back burner projects that never seem to make it to the top of the pile? Are you planning for growth? If so, an Ocean Technology Student can help!

Between May 2015 and August, a dozen job-ready advanced students will be seeking a four month paid internship to complete their credit requirements for the Advanced Diploma in Oceans Technology. This program was developed in consultation with the Oceans Technology industry in Nova Scotia. These students are keen to work and capable of working in almost any aspect of your company’s business.  A lot can be accomplished in four months so express your interest early if we can help.

Typical Projects Include

• Instrument Sales and Maintenance

• Field Planning and Support

• Manufacturing Support

• Applied Research

• Acoustic Monitoring

• Marine Energy

• Environmental Monitoring & Surveying

• Ocean Science

Contact: Anne Rodger, School, Trades and Technology,, Tel# 902-491-4814

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Job Posting: Industrialization Project Manager (OpenHydro Techology Canada)

Posted June 9, 2014

OpenHydro specializes in the design, manufacture and installation of marine turbines. With the goal of deploying marine turbine farms under the surface of the ocean to produce energy silently, invisibly and with no impact on the environment, OpenHydro has set the standard with both technological and industry firsts. The Nova Scotia Department of Energy has recently awarded a consortium to be led by OpenHydro for the Bay of Fundy tidal energy project. On behalf of OpenHydro Technology Canada, we are seeking an Industrialization Project Manager to join their team in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

As the Industrialization Project Manager you will oversee the manufacturing work done by OpenHydro’s local industrial partner and will be a major contributor in the planning process for their consequent transition from small scale to large scale production. Working with the Country Manager and the corporate industrialization department you will develop a project plan, assign work packages and track project progress. You will provide on-site day-to-day problem solving support to the local industrial partner, liaising with your corporate head office to gain training and knowledge transfer assistance. Using lessons learned during the first phase of fabrication, you will collaborate with a variety of global stakeholders to define and establish a long term industrialization plan and then you will participate in the implementation of this plan.

As the ideal candidate you have a strong manufacturing or fabrication background coupled with knowledge of mechanical design; an engineering degree would be considered an asset. You have the ability to analyze existing manufacturing practices, identify areas for improvement and have shown the capability to expand processes in response to product demand. In previous roles you’ve successfully developed and managed relationships with subcontractors and have been recognized for the team leadership you have been able to provide on these projects. You have demonstrated the ability to seek innovative solutions for production and knowledge transfer activities with emphasis on cost and simplicity. You have strong communication skills, the ability to meet tight deadlines, and excellent interpersonal skills.

OpenHydro has won a number of awards for its innovations in the field of renewable energy technology.  In return for the expertise you bring, you will have an opportunity to join an organization that is a pioneer in the industry and is known for having a vibrant and passionate workplace. Offering a competitive salary and benefits package, this role gives you the chance to become a part of the next chapter in renewable, sustainable energy.

To express interest in this opportunity, go to:

For more information contact Katherine Risley, Senior Consultant at 902-424-1120 or Katie Marsh, Recruitment Specialist at 902.424.1104.

Postdoctoral Position: Human Dimensions in Tidal Energy Research

Posted March 3, 2014

The Jenkins Research Team at the University of Washington in Seattle is seeking to hire a full time (100% FTE) postdoctoral scholar for a research project on the human dimensions of tidal energy. This position will be at the non-tenure track rank of Research Associate and will be for two years.


This innovative project funded by a National Science Foundation Sustainable Energy Pathways grant is using the Puget Sound as a case study for developing a toolkit to assess the viability of commercial-level tidal energy production. Devices capable of harnessing tidal hydrokinetic energy are nearing commercial readiness. However, the tools to assess the prospects for—and limitations of—large-scale, sustainable use of tidal energy are underdeveloped and a comprehensive synthesis of pilot project results has not been completed. In order to fill this knowledge gap, a multi-disciplinary team of researchers is developing scenarios for large-scale electricity generation from tidal currents in order to balance the benefits of predictable, renewable power generation against engineering feasibility, environmental compatibility, and societal considerations. Specifically, the human dimensions component of the project examines public values and perceptions of tidal energy and also explores the potential for anticipatory governance of tidal energy. Anticipatory governance involves an innovative set of techniques for engaging latent stakeholder communities, identifying potential unintended consequences, and proactively addressing societal concerns during the research and development process.


As a member of the Jenkins Research Team, the postdoctoral scholar will join Dr. Kiki Jenkins and her graduate students at the School of Marine and Environmental Affairs (SMEA), a renowned multidisciplinary program with an emphasis in marine social science. The postdoctoral scholar will take a leading role in creating and administering a survey of public perceptions and acceptance. By helping to guide the research of master’s students, the postdoctoral scholar will also be actively engaged in all other aspects of the project. These include a case study of tidal energy in Washington State, embedded research examining the interdisciplinary interactions between researchers and their incorporation of societal concerns into their research, and a scenario analysis with stakeholders about potential scenarios for commercial level tidal energy production and governance. Additionally, there is latitude in consultation with Dr. Jenkins for the postdoctoral scholar to identify and pursue his/her own research interests within the bounds of the tidal energy project. By the end of the two-year appointment, she/he is expected to have submitted for publication at least two first-author articles from the project and contribute to the publications of other articles. He/she must also provide regular reports on the progress of the research, take an administrative role in project oversight, and occasionally guest lecture in SMEA classes. The postdoctoral scholar will be expected to spend about 75% of her/his time on the tidal energy project. The remainder may be spent as best benefits his/her professional development, own research interests, or publication of dissertation work, etc. A qualified applicant will have:

  • received  within the last six years a PhD in a sociology; science, technology, and society; environmental studies or another relevant social science field;
  • interest in (but need not have experience in) marine renewable energy;
  • competence in qualitative research methods, especially survey methods;
  • expertise in quantitative analysis of survey results.


To apply for this position, please send a CV, cover letter detailing your qualifications for the position, and a list of three references to Dr. Kiki Jenkins at by March 23, 2014. Applications will be considered until the position is filled. Ideally, the position would start in June 2014.

Postdoctoral Fellowships in Tidal Energy Research

Posted October 10, 2013

Applications are invited for two 2-year Postdoctoral Fellowship in coastal ocean dynamics related to tidal hydroelectricity development using in-stream tidal energy converters in the Bay of Fundy, Canada, home to the worlds highest tides. The positions are part of a collaborative project of three Canadian universities (Acadia University, Dalhousie University and the University of New Brunswick) and three private sector companies involved in tidal energy development and turbine design and manufacture (Fundy Tidal Inc., Design Systems Analysis, and Clean Current). The project involves a comprehensive hydrodynamic site assessment for three passages in the lower Bay of Fundy, each of which is targeted for the deployment of in-stream turbines in the next few years under the Nova Scotia Community Feed in Tariff program. The project has a wide scope, encompassing flow variability on time scales from turbulent to annual, through a combined field measurement and numerical modelling effort. The project also has an aggressive time-line, with turbine deployment in one of the passages scheduled for the fall of 2014, to be accompanied by a post-deployment measurement and modelling program.

The position will give the candidate the opportunity to participate in decisions on site selection, turbine/turbine
array design, turbine monitoring program requirements, and analysis of environmental impacts. The successful candidate will be expected to travel to collaborate with project partners and to attend international conferences. The
appointments are available for a period of up to two years, with the possibility of renewal for a third year depending on funding. The annual salary will depend on experience, but is expected to be $50,000-$60,000 CND. The start date is open to negotiation, but the positions are available to be filled immediately.

The first position is located at Dalhousie University and will focus on gathering and analyzing field measurements, including making comparisons between the observations and results from tidal circulation and high-resolution CFD models generated by the other groups in the team. Applicants should have a PhD, or be close to completing a PhD, in Physical Oceanography, Coastal Engineering, or a related eld, and a solid background in time series analysis. Experience with oceanographic instrumentation for in-situ flow measurement is a requirement. Applications, including a CV and the names and contact information for three references, and/or inquiries for additional information should be sent to Professor Alex Hay (

The second position is located at Acadia University and will focus on numerical modelling, specifically using a coastal oceanographic model (FVCOM) to model the passages and power extraction from the chosen deployment sites. It will also include validating model results through comparison to observations and integration/comparison of model results with results of high-resolution CFD and engineering models. Applicants should have a PhD, or be close to completing a PhD, in Mathematics, Fluid Mechanics, Physics, Physical Oceanography, Engineering or a related eld, plus experience in numerical fluid dynamics or oceanography. Experience in coastal hydrodynamic modelling would be an advantage. Applications, including a CV and the names and contact information for three references, and/or inquiries for additional information should be sent to Dr.Richard Karsten (

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