Weymouth, South West, DT4 8UB : Lowestoft, Eastern, NR33 0HT
About the job
Cefas is looking for 2 highly-motivated experts to collaborate on and develop research on the sources, fate and effects of plastic litter in the oceans. The scope of the research is broad, including ecological, social and economic aspects.
MAIN DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The primary aim is to develop solution-driven research concerning questions of the risks marine litter poses for the health of the marine environment, associated risks to humans and the management of that risk. This includes, for example, examining waste management procedures, physical and biological facets of degradation, interaction with chemicals, toxic effects on marine biota, bioaccumulation and trophic transfer up the food chain (including humans) and socio-economic impacts. Successful candidates will be encouraged to contribute at all stages of research (inception, design, analysis and dissemination).
The post-holder will join the Cefas marine litter team where, in addition to pursuing their research interests, they will contribute to the delivery of existing project work and provide leadership and mentoring support to the team. Successful candidates will be able to carry out independent curiosity-driven research and will be free to develop their own ideas in line with existing project requirements.
Applicants from a variety of backgrounds including ecology, molecular biology, chemistry, statistical and ecosystem modelling, social sciences and economics, and waste management are encouraged to apply. Knowledge of environmental testing, methodologies applicable to waste management and waste legislation would be advantageous as would experience in facilitating workshops.
Applicants should be highly-motivated with a strong publication or professional record commensurate with their career stage. They should have excellent written, verbal, IT and inter-personal communication skills and demonstrated abilities to work as part of collaborative teams. A demonstrated ability to effectively network and consult and negotiate with a wide range of stakeholders and external agencies are also required for these posts.
The successful candidates will benefit from interactions with Cefas research scientists, technologists and advisors, providing evidence used to conserve the aquatic environment, promote sustainable management of its natural resources and protect the public from aquatic contaminants.
Please show how your previous skills and experience will enable you to meet the requirements of the job description.
The academic qualifications required for direct entry to this Cefas Pay Band 6 post are a higher degree and a PhD in a relevant subject or, relevant professional experience.
We'll assess you against these competencies during the selection process:
- Leading and communicating
- Collaborating and partnering
- Making effective decisions
- Science and Engineering - Securing, Maintaining and Developing Relevant Technical Expertise
- Science and Engineering - Applying Scientific and Technical Knowledge
- Science and Engineering - Overseeing the Technical Work of Others
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