WJ Cairns & Associates


Member of Intersphere Consulting Organization

WJ Cairns & Associates has built its reputation and excellence of performance and hire and develop the best and brightest people in the business.




  • To provide an opportunity for career enhancement and job placement through an intensive programme of office experience under conventional office conditions and to develop a basic approach to entrepreneurship;

  • To provide interns with a basic understanding of professional practice within select fields encompassed by environmental management through task engagement on ongoing projects;

  • To provide applied research experience;  

  • To assist interns in the transitional process from an academic to a project and cost oriented environment;    

  • To develop skills awareness in report compilation, presentational graphics and Power point /web site design;

  • To enhance software capability (as relevant to previous experience) in Illustrator, Corel Designer 12, AutoCAD and GIS.

  • To familiarise with the current issues in natural resources industry with a special focus in the oil and gas business in North Sea and North East Atlantic.  


Ideal Skills:


  • An undergraduate degree in a relevant discipline (background in geography is considered a plus)

  • Strong IT skills and familiarity with GIS will be an advantage

  • Strong written and oral communication skills

  • Excellent organisation skills

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work independently and in a team

  • Enthusiastic and highly motivated in familiarising with oil and gas and/or mining industry

  • A masters degree might be an advantage but not a requirement


The positions provide 8 to 12 weeks intensive professional experience. The work experience opportunity will expose successful candidates to the basics of project/client driven applied research and office practice – thus equipping them with the basics from which they may launch themselves into their chosen careers.


Please send/e-mail applications including CV and a Covering Letter to:


WJ Cairns & Associates

11 Maritime Street

Edinburgh EH6 6SB

44 (0) 131 624 8993




Appointments should be made immediately upon the availability of the successful applicants.






ICOE is undertaking an independent Research and Publication Programme for the Oil and Gas Industry and is seeking, in association with the universities referenced below, to recruit an interdisciplinary team of exemplary graduates in different disciplines who intend to develop their careers within industry, government or research. We offer an opportunity to support this aspiration through participation in a programme of work designed to affect major step changes following Macondo and other major incidents and technical challenges associated with drilling and production in increasingly extreme conditions. This will be achieved through critical examination, understanding, and effective application of EHS principles and practice. Both academic credentials and relevant research topics of prospective candidates will be considered with final selection based on demonstrated specialist capability, interdisciplinary motivation and the necessary support of a participating academic faculty.



Funding is presently being raised through the Industry to finance a team of five plus specialists whose work shall be coordinated by the ICOE Project Director, the PhD academic supervisor, and members of the Research and Editorial Board; the latter comprising distinguished academics and practitioners.



The successful candidates will be enrolled with one of the following Universities:


Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Heriot Watt, Stavanger or Strathclyde



Candidates will spend up to twelve months in the Project Research Centre based in Granton, Edinburgh. At the same time, short term secondments may be arranged with appropriate industry sponsors. The remaining period will be spent in the university with whom a candidate is registered for specific doctoral research in fulfilment of the requirements for the PhD degree. Please note that all the candidates will have to pass the three months prequalification period, in a form of an unpaid internship, in the ICOE offices in Edinburgh.  



Applications are sought from candidates who have a Masters degree with First and Upper Second Class Honours in one of the following areas:










Sponsorships are likely to carry a two year obligation to work with their nominated company thereby enabling candidates to follow through in practical application the subject areas of work carried out for the EHS Programme.



Expressions of Interest should be filed without delay by e-mail and include a full CV, a supporting statement (minimum 500 words) of career goals and subject areas of interest and the names of two academic/professional referees. All enquiries should be addressed to conatc details given in the website.





ICOE Research Limited

International Centre for Oil & the Environment


Environment, Health and Safety

Management for Offshore Oil and Gas

North Sea and North East Atlantic Research and Publication Project




PhD Research Candidate


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