Lowestoft, Eastern, NR33 0HT
About the job
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.
MAIN DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
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.
QUALIFICATIONS,SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE
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
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
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Interviews will be held at the Cefas Lowestoft Laboratory NR33 0HT
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