Senior Marine Litter Scientist

Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science

Closing date: 23 Feb 2018

Reference number



£34,030 - £40,049


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, NR33 0HT

About the job

Job description


Based in our Lowestoft Laboratory and working within the Cefas Monitoring Group, you will provide support to the Marine Litter Team and Cefas Principal Investigator for the Marine Litter topic. This will involve developing innovative science for the delivery of projects relating to national and international marine litter issues, including provision of advice and recommendations for approaches to mitigate against the inputs of litter and microplastics to the marine environment.

• Contribute to the development and implementation of Cefas marine litter science, working with the Principal Investigator to ensure that the deliverables are consistent with customer and relevant stakeholder requirements.
• Support and deliver marine litter project outputs, including the production of quality papers and presentations, as required.
• Provide high quality written and verbal briefings, presentations, manuscripts and summary reports in response to customer requirements.
• Contribute to the development and implementation of national and international action plans, mitigation measures and best practices in relation to land and sea based sources of marine litter.
• Build science networks and enable knowledge transfer across the scientific community and via stakeholder consultations and workshops.
• Contribute to on-going field monitoring and laboratory activities across a range of marine litter projects.


You should have relevant experience of marine litter science and policy (e.g., specifically knowledge of national/ international commitments and conventions relating to marine litter) along with appropriate management training/qualifications. You will be confident working and advising at senior management level and preferably familiar with working in a government or similar organisation, and the associated sensitivities and need for political judgement. Specific experience in the fields of polymer science and production, recycling and waste management systems/solutions and the application of best practices in relation to marine litter would be advantageous. Knowledge of land and sea based sources of litter and mechanisms to tackle those would also be welcome. This post requires an individual who has a strong work ethic and who can work as part of a successful team. With the varying nature of the work, Cefas is looking for an innovative individual who can learn quickly, and implement new lab and field techniques to assist with our ever-expanding role. The ability to travel (including possibly overseas) and work flexibly is essential. There is an opportunity for offshore working on Cefas' Research Vessel, RV Endeavour, as well as internationally, as project needs dictate. The post holder will be required to work autonomously in the field and be able to make in situ decisions to comply with health and safety regulations, whilst still maintaining data quality.

Person specification

Please describe how your skills and experience align with the job description


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

  • Leading and communicating
  • Collaborating and partnering
  • Making effective decisions
  • Managing a quality service
  • Seeing the big picture
  • Delivering value for money
  • Science and Engineering - Applying Scientific and Technical Knowledge

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

Please note depending on the 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.

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

Sift/interview dates and location

Sift and interview dates and location to be confirmed.

Interviews will 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 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

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.

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