Marine Coastal Scientist

Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science

Closing date: 9 Apr 2018

Reference number



£26,805 - £31,103


Higher Executive Officer
Payband 5

Contract type


Business area


Type of role


Working pattern

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



Number of posts



Lowestoft, Eastern, NR33 0HT

About the job

Job description

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.


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.

Minimum Essential:
• 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.

Person specification

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

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 Science and Engineering - Applying Scientific and Technical Knowledge, candidates must pass this competency for their application to be progressed

Candidates may be assessed on their previous skills and experience in addition to assessment against the listed competences at sift and interview stages.

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, Pakefield Rd, Lowestoft, 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
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