Otolith Scientist

Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science

Closing date: 24 Nov 2017

Reference number



£26,805 - £31,103


Higher Executive Officer

Contract type


Business area


Type of role


Working pattern

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



Number of posts



Lowestoft, Eastern, NR33 0HT

About the job

Job description


To work as part of the BIOP (Biological Parameters) and CSSF (Conflict, Stability and Security Fund) delivery teams providing scientific leadership in the areas of otolith microchemistry, and otolith processing and age determination of new species with a focus on overseas species of interest. To deputise for the Cefas International Aging Co-ordinator with regards to scientific leadership within the team and attendance at working groups, conferences as necessary.


The main duties of the post holder will include:
• Lead co-ordinator in aging of new species, training and developing a new team of age readers in several new species including Tuna, Grouper, Flying fish and Toothfish
• Lead in otolith microchemistry, including carrying out micro milling and analyses
• Age determination as part of the DCF age determination programme under the Defra SLA to quality standards expected by ISO 17025
• Represent Cefas internationally in the age determination field.
• Support in the UK Overseas Territories as part of the Blue Belt Programme
With potential for also:
• Participating in field work on RV Endeavour
• Supporting the fish/shellfish tagging programme, including report writing and data analysis
• Otolith processing and support to the otolith lab manager.

Person specification

You must describe how you meet the skills criteria as outlined in the job description.


Minimum qualifications for direct entry to Cefas PB5 are a degree in a relevant subject, or equivalent, and/or relevant experience.


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

  • Leading and communicating
  • Collaborating and partnering
  • Achieving commercial outcomes
  • Delivering value for money
  • 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. 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, 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.

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

Apply and further information

Contact point for applicants

careers@Cefas.co.uk or joanne.smith@cefas.co.uk

Sift/interview dates and location

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

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:
• Contact Government Recruitment Service via defrajobs.csr@csresourcing.gsi.gov.uk 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 or if you have a hearing impairment, a Language Service Professional

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