DEF/415/17 Senior Environmental Economist

Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science

Closing date: 22 Aug 2017

Reference number



£33,693 - £39,652


Senior Executive Officer

Contract type


Business area


Type of role

Environment and Sustainability

Working pattern

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



Number of posts



Lowestoft, Eastern

About the job

Job description


To work in the Blue Growth Directorate providing technical support to current and future research programmes. Specifically, you will be required to: lead and provide theoretical and applied advice on economic study design specifically on micro- as well as macro-economic modelling; extract, manipulate, visualise, analyse and model economic data, sometimes coupled with biophysical data; and ensure high data quality and recording standards.

The core team of Cefas’ economists undertake interdisciplinary research and provide advice, largely in support of Defra’s coastal and marine environmental policies and natural capital assessment, but also participate in national (UK) and Internationally funded research, and other collaborations, including academia (especially with the University of East Anglia and CSERGE). Their research focuses on the valuation and management of coastal and marine ecosystem services in Europe and overseas territories using stated and revealed preference methods, as well as market analysis to inform cost-benefit analysis, impact assessment, cost-effectiveness analysis, and socio-economic analysis related to the fisheries and aquaculture industry.

The team is currently expanding their coastal and marine natural capital and ecosystem services valuation and accounting capabilities to inform policy design and decision making for the sustainable management of coastal and marine resources. The post requires working as part of a multidisciplinary team of scientists from across Cefas and external organisations. This is of strategic importance to Cefas and you will support a growing area of study in marine environmental science, particularly to support UK marine management objectives that ensure clean, healthy, safe, productive, and biologically diverse oceans and seas.


You will provide mainly theoretical, but also technical, support to the socio-economic research programmes, and collaborate with other teams to lead and provide advice on natural capital and ecosystem services project/study design and analysis.

You must be outgoing, flexible, and capable of undertaking a range of activities in support of the Social and Economic Assessment Team.

Duties will include:

• Lead the design, management, and analysis of research projects/studies on coastal and marine natural capital and ecosystem services valuation in the Social and Economic Assessment team and provide relevant support across Cefas.

• Review of and supervision of research projects/studies on coastal and marine natural capital and ecosystem services valuation.

• Lead and contribute to the development and application of environmental economics valuation tools.

• Manage and deliver research and consultancy work with government departments (in the UK (e.g. Defra), but also abroad), or within the EU research opportunities, the UK Research Councils and public sector, or the private sector.

• Working across Cefas and with other research and academic institutions to enhance existing relationships, identify and gather the data required by current and future environmental economics studies, and provide support in data management and analysis.

• Leading theoretical and applied research to improve the accounting and management of the marine natural capital, including the extraction, compilation, and analysis of data from local, national, and international databases.

• Conceive and write research proposals for future grant applications.

• Lead in the publication of internationally peer-reviewed papers.

• Represent Cefas at national and international conferences/workshops/meetings to enhance the profile and reputation of the function.

• Seek new business opportunities that make best use of existing skills, and to advise the Management Team on future directions and strategic opportunities.


• Relevant postgraduate research experience in environmental or ecological economics (e.g. ecosystem services/natural capital research) possibly applied to the coastal and/or the marine environment is very desirable.

• Strong environmental economics background and knowledge of ecosystem services/natural capital.

• Good applied econometric skills for ecosystem services/natural capital valuation.

• Competent in setting up spreadsheets and databases, and, extracting, manipulating and analysing data from them.

• Must be able to lead and advise on a range of theoretical models and statistical techniques for environmental economics study design and analysis, linking economic, natural and social science data.

• Must be flexible and committed, with the ability to work as part of a team, but also independently to organise own work to meet deadlines.

• Candidates require good communication skills, excellent time management and must demonstrate excellent attention to detail and the ability to work on multiple projects at the same time.


Academic qualifications required for direct entry into Cefas Pay Band 6 are a higher degree (PhD) in environmental economics, or equivalent.


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

  • Leading and communicating
  • Collaborating and partnering
  • Building capability for all
  • Seeing the big picture
  • Delivering at pace
  • Science and Engineering - Securing, Maintaining and Developing Relevant Technical Expertise
  • Science and Engineering - Applying Scientific and Technical Knowledge
  • Science and Engineering - Overseeing the Technical Work of Others

Civil Service Competency Framework



Civil Service pension schemes may be available for successful candidates.

Things you need to know


Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.
Successful candidates must pass basic security checks.

Nationality statement

Candidates will be subject to UK immigration requirements as well as Civil Service nationality rules.

If you're applying for a role requiring security clearance please be aware that foreign or dual nationality is not an automatic bar. However certain posts may have restrictions which could affect those who do not have sole British nationality or who have personal connections with certain countries outside the UK.

Selection process details

As part of the application process you will be asked to complete a CV section and a Skills section. Further details around what this will entail are listed on the application form.

Please note depending on volume of applications an Initial Sift may be conducted on the Lead Competency: "Leading and Communicating", candidates must pass this competency for their application to be progressed.

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

Nationality requirements

Open to UK, Commonwealth and European Economic Area (EEA) and certain non EEA nationals. Further information on whether you are able to apply is available here.


Candidates in their probationary period are eligible to apply for vacancies within this department.

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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 equality of opportunity. There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

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Contact point for applicants

Sift/interview dates and location

Sift and Interview dates to be confirmed.

Interviews will be held at Cefas Laboratory, Pakefield Road, Lowestoft, Suffolk, NR33 0HT.

Cefas is unable to contribute to interview expenses.

Further information

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:

• approach the point of contact in the job advert 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.

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