About the job
Cefas is a world leading scientific organisation producing outputs for governments, industry and public sectors. Cefas undertakes projects within the UK and overseas in a variety of disciplines. High quality hydrographic data underpins many of our projects with Cefas overseeing the planning, collection and processing of data in accordance with international standards.
Cefas scientists not only collect high-quality data but are constantly investigating methods to improve the data collected and identifying novel ways of using these data. In addition to bathymetric data, Cefas utilise backscatter, water column and angular response to improve our understanding of the marine environment. Cefas are also part of an agreement to share data under the ‘collect once, use many times’ initiative.
MAIN DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
You will be positioned in a dynamic team of hydrographers, geophysicists and habitat mappers and will be working on a wide variety of projects within the UK and overseas. Working with the Hydrographic Survey Manager, you will undertake the planning, acquisition and processing of high quality hydrographic data using multibeam and single-beam systems. There may also be the requirement to acquire and process side-scan sonar data as part of this role. You will also work with the Cefas engineering team in the mobilisation and troubleshooting of hydrographic and positioning equipment onto third party vessels and onto our 73m research vessel, the RV Cefas Endeavour. This is predominantly an onshore position, with the expectation of 2-3 surveys a year of 2-4 weeks.
You will be familiar with the setting-up and use of a variety of different acquisition and processing software packages. The role will also involve working with partner organisations during planning and data collection, offering advice and guidance where required.
• Planning of hydrographic surveys
• Mobilisation of hydrographic and positioning systems onto vessels
• Collection of hydrographic data during inshore/offshore surveys, including troubleshooting if required
• Calibration of multibeam systems when required, including repeatability test to UK CHP standards
• Overseeing the collection of data by contractors and third parties
• QA and interpretation of hydrographic data during survey operations.
• Cleaning and processing of hydrographic data following internationally accepted standards
• Writing survey and processing reports for internal and external organisations.
• Working with the substrate and habitat mappers to develop new techniques and processes
• Accept and fulfil responsibilities and accountabilities as defined in the Health and Safety and Environmental management systems for this job role.
You will be given opportunities to develop as a Hydrographer through an internal training programme as well as the opportunity to attend national and international conferences to present your work.
• Familiarity with different multi-beam and single-beam systems (preferably Kongsberg and R2Sonic Systems)
• Experience of processing procedures and software (preferably Caris Hips and Sips, Fledermaus, FMGT, POSPac, Inertial Explorer, Triton Perspective)
• Experience of international standards for hydrographic data (IHO)
• Working knowledge of global positioning (Preferably SBG systems, POS MV, Seapath)
• Dynamic, team player.
• Computer literate including preparation of reports
• Good Communication and interpersonal skills
• Willing to travel overseas or working offshore for prolonged periods (up to 4 weeks).
• Post-graduate qualification in hydrography-related topic desirable.
Please outline your previous experience and skills relevant to the job description.
- Degree, or equivalent qualification, in a relevant subject (Hydrography, Geography, Oceanography, Geophysics).
- ‘CAT A’ surveyor-trained or substantial equivalent professional experience.
We'll assess you against these competencies during the selection process:
- Leading and communicating
- Making effective decisions
- Managing a quality service
- Delivering at pace
- Science and Engineering - Applying Scientific and Technical Knowledge
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Interviews will be held at Cefas Laboratory, Pakefield Road, Lowestoft, Suffolk, NR33 0HT
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