Fisheries Scientist

Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science

Closing date: 27 Mar 2018

Reference number



£26,805 - £31,103


Higher Executive Officer

Contract type


Business area


Type of role

Environment and Sustainability
Project Delivery

Working pattern

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



Number of posts



Lowestoft, Eastern

About the job

Job description

This post provides an opportunity to join an internationally respected, dynamic and active team conducting and leading on fisheries science, assessments and management advice to national and international marine management organisations.
You will be expected to work with national and international scientific and management organisations making a real impact to marine environmental management and policy. Overseas travel is to be expected with a possibility of participating in fieldwork.
You will have responsibility for initiating, conducting and developing scientific and statistical assessments of marine data sets, including fisheries, fish stocks and the impacts of fishing on the marine ecosystem to provide advice on fisheries and marine ecosystem management to Cefas, Defra and other national and international bodies.


Key work areas include monitoring and assessment of fish and shellfish stocks, their associated environment, and the impact of fishing on ecosystems and the impact of environmental change on fish and shellfish stock productivity.
You will develop and manage scientific analyses and provide analytical and advisory support on the assessment of marine fish stocks, the marine environment, and associated fisheries and management options.
Duties will include development and application of statistical and mathematical models, data analysis and ad hoc ecological modelling, report writing and presentation of advice to a wide range of national and international customers. You should be capable of both independent working and working within multi-disciplinary international teams.

The role will require statistical and numerical programming, statistical analysis, project management, report writing and presentation skills.
Cefas actively supports staff development and opportunities for additional professional training and development are available.


Academic qualifications required for direct entry to this post is a degree with a high level of numerical, mathematical and statistical content or substantial relevant experience.

In addition, you will have the following essential skills:

• Experience of application of statistical / mathematical programming and data analysis.
• Knowledge and experience of high level programming and statistical languages.
• Knowledge of ecology and/or biology.

Desirable skills:
• Experience in collaborating with other scientific institutes.
• Experience of assessment of, or research on, ecological or renewable resources.
• The ability to identify additional national or international business opportunities in fisheries research.

Good written and verbal communication skills with the ability to explain complex solutions to non-specialists are required.

The post requires strong personal motivation and flexibility, working effectively as part of an interdisciplinary team and willingness to travel both nationally and internationally to work directly with the organisations involved in this research. The post requires fieldwork at sea on research and commercial vessels.

Person specification

Please show how your skills and experience align with those required in the job description.


A degree with a high level of numerical, mathematical and statistical content or substantial, relevant experience.


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

  • Collaborating and partnering
  • 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

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 Collaborating and Partnering, candidates must pass this competency for their application to be progressed.

Candidates should be aware that they will be assessed on their relevant skills and experience as well as the listed competencies.

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.

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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

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.

If 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
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