Fisheries Scientist

Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science

Apply before 11:55 pm on Tuesday 8th February 2022


Reference number



£24,918 - £26,894


Executive Officer
Cefas Payband 4

Contract type


Type of role


Working pattern

Flexible working, Full-time, Job share, Part-time

Number of posts



We welcome flexible working and are open to a hybrid approach of working and in an office. The location for this role is also flexible, though some travel to Cefas sites will be required. Please be aware that this role will be contractually based at one of the Cefas sites. The successful candidate is required to carry out all their duties from a UK location, and cannot do so from an overseas location at any time unless travelling for business purposes.

About the job


The posts provide an opportunity to join an internationally respected, dynamic, and active team leading on fisheries science and management advice. The team delivers leading science and advice to both national and international marine management organisations including Defra, the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, Regional Fisheries Management Organisations, the International Council for Exploration of the Seas, and a variety of research projects to assess the sustainable use of marine resources.

This is a growing area of work for scientists to develop in a team of experts. You will be given opportunities to learn and train to work and deliver with national and international scientific and management organisations making a real impact to marine environmental management and policy. Travel, both domestic and overseas is to be expected as well as the possibility of participating in field work.

These posts represent an opportunity to work on a range of research projects with senior scientists to address the sustainable use of the seas and marine resources, and to develop highly valuable skills in fisheries science fields, as well as building an international reputation.

Job description

The post holder will be expected to support the development and interpretation of scientific analyses to assess the sustainability of fisheries (e.g., coastal, recreational, offshore, and/or deep-water).

Other duties include:

• Implement analytical methods to assess marine resources, relating to questions on a range of topics including sustainable fisheries, fishing impacts on the ecosystems, interactions with renewable energy
developments, marine spatial planning and management.
• Write reports, present of results to a range of national and international customers and contribute to scientific publications.
• Work on projects for the UK Government and other national and international bodies within multi-disciplinary international teams.
• Support Cefas representation at national and cross agency meetings, and international collaborations with ICES working groups.
• Travel, both domestic and overseas, is to be expected as well as the possibility of participating in field work.


The following are essential criteria required for this role and you must be able to demonstrate your skills and experience in the following areas:

• Experience of working with scientific databases;
• Ability to use data analysis, statistical and graphical methods;
• Ability to collaborate with other national and international organisations;
• Good organisational skills and effective prioritisation of workloads, including planning and prioritising effectively to deliver high quality results at pace;
• Good communication and interpersonal skills with ability to present to a wide range of audiences;
• Good attention to detail and ability to work across multiple projects; and
• Experience of writing reports and contributing to scientific papers.

Academic qualifications required for this Cefas Pay Band 4 post is a degree in marine, environmental or biological sciences or related disciplines. Relevant work experience will be considered.


We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Delivering at Pace
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Working Together

Technical skills

We'll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:

  • Excellent quantitative skills including data and statistical analysis and/or mathematical modelling.
  • Experience in statistical analysis and programming using R and/or other languages.
  • Ability to use spatial analysis tools (e.g., GIS).


• Annual leave entitlement – 25 days on entry (rising to 30 days over first 5yrs)
• Access to learning and development tailored to your role
• A working environment that supports a range of flexible working options
• A working culture which encourages inclusion and diversity
• Eligible to join the Civil Service Pension scheme. Very favourable package, contributions are more than matched by employer – more information can be found on the CSP website
• Performance Related Pay scheme – yearly award linked to individual performance
• Staff Recognition vouchers
• In-year recognition scheme (monetary amounts up to max £2000 possible)

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.
People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours, Strengths, Experience and Technical skills.
Application Process
As part of the application process you will be asked to complete a CV, 3 x 250 word behaviour and 3 x 250 word technical statement.
Further details around what this will entail are listed on the application form.

Should a large number of applications be received, an initial sift may be conducted using the lead behaviour, Delivering at Pace. Candidates who pass the initial sift may be progressed to a full sift, or progressed straight to assessment/interview.

Sift and interview dates are to be confirmed. The interviews will be held either via a video link or in person. The interview schedule will be confirmed following sift results.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview.

If successful at application stage, you will be invited to interview where you will be assessed on experience, behaviours, technical skills and strengths.

If scores are equal following interview, an assessment of the lead behaviour, Delivering at Pace will be used by the panel.

You may also be required to give a presentation, complete a short test or provide a case study. You will receive further information to prepare for this if you are invited to interview.

The interview will be undertaken either in person or via Microsoft Teams.

Reserve List
A reserve list may be held for a period of 12 months from which further appointments can be made.

Merit Lists
Where more than one location is advertised, candidates will be posted in merit order by location. You will be asked to state your location preference on your application.

New entrants to the Civil Service are expected to start on the minimum of the pay band.

Reasonable Adjustment
If a person with disabilities is put at a substantial disadvantage compared to a non-disabled person, we have a duty to make reasonable changes to our processes.

If you need a change to be made so that you can make your application, you should:

- Contact Government Recruitment Service via as soon as possible before the closing date to discuss your needs.
- Complete the “Assistance required” section in the “Additional requirements” page of your application form to tell us what changes or help you might need further on in the recruitment process. For instance, you may need wheelchair access at interview, or if you’re deaf, a Language Service Professional.

If you are experiencing accessibility problems with any attachments on this advert, please contact the email address in the 'Contact point for applicants' section.

Criminal Record Check
If successful and transferring from another Government Department, a criminal record check maybe carried out.

In order to process applications without delay, we will be sending a Criminal Record Check to Disclosure and Barring Service on your behalf. However, we recognise in exceptional circumstances some candidates will want to send their completed forms direct. If you will be doing this, please advise Government Recruitment Service of your intention by emailing stating the job reference number in the subject heading .

Internal Fraud Database Check
Applicants who are successful at interview will be, as part of pre-employment screening subject to a check on the Internal Fraud Database (IFD). This check will provide information about employees who have been dismissed for fraud or dishonesty offences. This check also applies to employees who resign or otherwise leave before being dismissed for fraud or dishonesty had their employment continued. Any applicant’s details held on the IFD will be refused employment.

A candidate is not eligible to apply for a role within the Civil Service if the application is made within a 5 year period following a dismissal for carrying out internal fraud against government.

Childcare Vouchers
Any move to Defra from another employer will mean you can no longer access childcare vouchers. You may however be eligible for other government schemes, including Tax Free Childcare. Determine your eligibility at here

We are closely monitoring the situation with regard to Coronavirus, and will be following central Government advice as it is issued. There is therefore a risk that recruitment to this post may be subject to change at short notice. Please continue to follow the application process as normal and ensure that you check your emails regularly for any updates from us as this is how we will communicate with you.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

This job is broadly open to the following groups:

  • UK nationals
  • nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
  • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  • nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with settled or pre-settled status or who apply for either status by the deadline of the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service
  • certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals
Further information on nationality requirements

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.
The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

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Contact point for applicants

Job contact :
Name :  Cally Wiles
Email :
Recruitment team :
Email :  defrarecruitment'

Further information

ComplaintsIf you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with the Recruitment Principles and you wish to make a complaint, in the first instance, you should contact Government Recruitment Services via email: If you are not satisfied with the response you receive from the Department, you can contact the Civil Service Commission: Click here to visit Civil Service Commission

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