Lowestoft, Eastern, NR33 0HT
About the job
To design, collect and analyse data for coastal oceanography and geomorphology projects within Cefas’ portfolio for commercial and government clients. The focus of the work is to develop and deliver science based evidence programmes for specific coastal sites including assessment of environmental risks to proposed large infrastructure developments as well as their potential impacts on coastal processes.
MAIN DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Cefas is seeking a highly-motivated individual to design, undertake and manage data collection and analysis within our coastal science portfolio, which includes large coastal infrastructure projects (e.g., nuclear electricity), coastal protection, geomorphic data/evidence gathering and overseas work with local/national governments and communities to improve the quality of coastal environments and their management. The work involves contributing to integrated programmes of marine physical, chemical and biological studies. The coastal geomorphology component of the portfolio considers how developments, coastal defences and coastal management affect the nearshore zone, including potential impacts on ecology, conservation zones, sediment transport and coastal configuration.
You will have skills and clear evidence of experience in the field of coastal dynamics / geomorphology. An ability to use and/or interpret the results of numerical models is essential. The successful candidate must be able to communicate effectively both in writing and verbally, with clients, scientific colleagues and regulators, in presentations and at meetings. Demonstration of high-quality scientific writing skills (e.g., technical reports and scientific journal articles) would an advantage as would previous commercial experience.
You will be able to grasp new and novel techniques and potentially contribute to their development. Our projects vary, so an ability to think outside of the box and quickly learn about, and successfully employ, new techniques is an important aspect of this post. You should be able to demonstrate your expertise by qualification and/or track record.
We require a colleague who can work effectively within a team structure. Your skills and general outlook will permit you to confidently expand into new areas and/or undertake new tasks that are beyond your present field of experience. You will have good communication skills, be adaptable and able to work as part of a team and independently when required.
• Good Batchelor’s or Master’s Degree and/or relevant experience in an appropriate coastal dynamics, geomorphology or coastal engineering discipline
• A strong and demonstrable understanding of coastal systems and coastal processes
• Experience in analysis of geomorphological datasets or utilising the results of numerical modelling datasets
• Demonstrable effective communication skills in both written and oral forms
• A flexible attitude within team working, whilst being able to work independently
• Skills and experience in designing/executing field work programs in challenging environments
• Ability to undertake basic/standard data analyses on spatial and temporal datasets
• Field work experience
• Awareness of technological developments and evidence of testing new instrumentation.
• An understanding of the science needed for commercial or applied projects whilst recognizing customer priorities
• Ability to design and conduct experiments/research to solve interdisciplinary and non-standard problems
• Leadership qualities
• Full UK/European driving licence.
Travel to meetings and field sites in the UK will be required for this post and a full driving licence is desirable. Opportunities for training and development will be available.
Please demonstrate how your previous experience and skills will enable you to meet the requirements of the Job Description
We'll assess you against these competencies during the selection process:
- Science and Engineering - Applying Scientific and Technical Knowledge
- Science and Engineering - Securing, Maintaining and Developing Relevant Technical Expertise
- Science and Engineering - Understanding and Complying with Statutory Requirements and Standards
- Making effective decisions
- Achieving commercial outcomes
- Delivering at pace
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Interviews will be held at Cefas, Pakefield Rd, Lowestoft, NR33 0HT
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