Senior Fisheries Scientist

Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science

Closing date: 21 Mar 2018

Reference number



£34,030 - £40,049


Senior Executive Officer
Pay band 6

Contract type


Business area


Type of role

Environment and Sustainability

Working pattern

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


42 (including lunch breaks)

Number of posts



Lowestoft, Eastern

About the job

Job description

Cefas is looking to appoint someone 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 leading, initiating, conducting and developing scientific and statistical assessments of fisheries, including multi-species modelling of fish stocks and the impacts of fishing on the marine ecosystem to provide advice on fisheries 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 lead, develop and manage scientific analyses and provide statistical analytical and advisory support on the assessment of marine fish stocks, the marine environment, and associated fisheries and management options. In addition, you will be expected to lead on projects as well as initiate new opportunities to develop science and business in these areas.
Duties will include development and application of statistical and mathematical models, ad hoc ecological modelling, report writing and presentation of advice to a wide range of national and international customers. You will be expected to be capable of both independent working and working within multi-disciplinary international teams based in the UK or in a number of overseas locations where Cefas has project work.
The roles will require statistical and numerical programming, statistical analysis, report writing and presentation skills.
Cefas actively supports staff development and opportunities for additional professional training and development are available.


Minimum Essential:
• Suitable degree with a high level of numerical, mathematical and statistical content or equivalent experience.
• Application of statistical / mathematical programming and data analysis.
• Knowledge and experience of high level programming and statistical languages.
• Knowledge of ecology and/or biology.
• Innovative, well-motivated and flexible with good communication skills.
• Experience in collaborating with other scientific institutes nationally/internationally.
• Experience of leading scientific research projects
• Post graduate (higher degree) qualifications and training
• Track record of publishing
• Experience of providing management advice in relation to fisheries or other marine resource development activities such as the renewable/energy sectors.
• Good understanding of marine policy drivers and national international priorities for marine research
• Track record of developing national or international business opportunities in marine fisheries/ecosystem research.

Person specification

Please give details of how you meet the criteria written in the job description.


As a minimum, you should have a suitable degree with a high level of numerical, mathematical and statistical content or equivalent experience.


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

  • Leading and communicating
  • Collaborating and partnering
  • Making effective decisions
  • Seeing the big picture
  • Delivering value for money
  • Delivering at pace
  • Science and Engineering - Applying Scientific and Technical Knowledge
  • Science and Engineering - Securing, Maintaining and Developing Relevant Technical Expertise

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.

Candidates should be aware that they may 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 and location to be confirmed.

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

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