Senior Marine Coastal Scientist

Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science

Closing date: 9 Apr 2018

Reference number



£34,030 - £40,049


Senior Executive Officer
Payband 6

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 lead and deliver coastal oceanography and geomorphology projects within Cefas’ commercial and government portfolios (British and international). The primary focus of the work is to develop and deliver the science needed to assess environmental risks to, and impacts of, coastal developments, including the provision of expert advice to developers, regulators and governments.


Cefas is seeking an enthusiastic, talented coastal scientist to devise and deliver high-quality evidence-based projects. You will be part of our experienced Coastal Processes and Modelling team, which provides expert advice and reports to a wide range of clients, including the British marine energy sector (nuclear and renewables), the British marine regulator (the Marine Management Organisation (MMO)) and other government agencies, UK research councils, and international clients (commercial, government to government and small island developing states).

You will work with a project team predicting, monitoring and interpreting the effects of, for example, new nuclear electric power stations on the coastal nearshore, including potential impacts on sediment transport, coastal configuration, flood risk and ecology. Synthesis of existing evidence, generation of new evidence and environmental impact assessment are important aspects of the post. The work also examines future changes to coastal processes and morphology, including extreme events (> 100 years), to inform safe and efficient engineering design or power stations. Novel techniques are developed and employed in our work when standard approaches are not suitable; examples include the use of video cameras, X-band radar, drones (for mapping topography, sediments and ecology), and RFID gravel tracers.

The successful candidate will be highly organised, have excellent communication skills (written and oral) and should have a track record of delivering on multiple projects to tight deadlines. You should be able to demonstrate your expertise in coastal geomorphology/oceanography by qualification and/or track record of peer-reviewed reports/publications to a high standard.


1. Higher Degree and relevant experience in an appropriate coastal dynamics, coastal geomorphology/oceanography or coastal engineering discipline
2. Strong understanding of coastal systems and coastal processes
3. Excellent communication skills and experience of liaising with clients and stakeholders
4. Excellent scientific and technical writing skills (reports and/or journal articles)
5. An ability to use and/or interpret the results from coastal area numerical models
6. Strong data analysis, interpretation and programming skills
7. Excellent organisational and time management skills, inter-personal and communication skills
8. Evidence of independent and team working

1. Ability to design and conduct research to solve interdisciplinary and non-standard problems
2. Leadership qualities
3. Full UK/European driving licence

Person specification

Please demonstrate how your previous experience and skills will enable you to fullfil the requirements of the role as described above


Higher Degree and relevant experience in an appropriate coastal dynamics, coastal geomorphology/oceanography or coastal engineering discipline


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

  • Leading and communicating
  • Making effective decisions
  • Achieving commercial outcomes
  • Delivering at pace
  • Science and Engineering - Securing, Maintaining and Developing Relevant Technical Expertise
  • Science and Engineering - Applying Scientific and Technical Knowledge
  • Science and Engineering - Understanding and Complying with Statutory Requirements and Standards

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 at sift and interview as well as the listed competencies.

A short presentation may be required at interview, candidates will be give further details of this should they reach interview stage.

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.

Apply and further information

Contact point for applicants

Sift/interview dates and location

Sift and interview dates to be confirmed.

Interviews will be held at the Cefas Lowestoft Laboratory 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

Existing Civil Servants and applicants from accredited NDPBs are eligible to apply, and if successful will be offered the post on loan (Civil Servants) or secondment (accredited NDPBs). In the case of Civil Servants, the terms of the loan will be agreed between the home and host department and the Civil Servant. This includes grade on return.

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.

f 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
contact the Civil Service Commission at

Share this page