Marine Instrumentation and Survey Engineer

Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science

Closing date: 3 Sep 2018

Reference number





Senior Executive Officer
Pay Band 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

The purpose of the job is to provide excellent expertise and leadership in relation to the technical engineering requirements and operational delivery of our current and future portfolio of surveys and fieldwork activities (both in the UK and overseas). The job holder will be responsible for providing solutions to Research Vessel development requirements and technical problem solving (including the specification and sourcing of services and equipment) to support the delivery of surveys and fieldwork as required by both our domestic and overseas portfolio of programmes and projects.

Cefas require a dynamic and motivated individual who is responsible for providing expertise and leadership in relation to the identification and supply of engineering/technical services and equipment requirements necessary to deliver the high quality science which supports our current and future business portfolio The post holder will possess significant operational experience in marine electronic systems and survey/fieldwork instrumentation with a good working knowledge of geodetic, hydrographic and marine data acquisition and recording systems also being desirable.

There will be significant opportunities for the job holder to contribute to surveys and fieldwork activities both in the UK and overseas.

Essential skills include:

• Significant experience and demonstrable competency in technical specification, problem solving and diagnostics (in relation to marine instrumentation and observation systems), providing effective and novel solutions in a fast-paced environment;
• Significant operational experience in the field of marine survey techniques and instrumentation and marine observation system design;
• Ability to see the ‘big picture’ and effectively contribute to identifying and defining the current and future technological developments (and innovative approaches) required to effectively maintain and expand our high-quality delivery of the scientific outputs that support our marine programmes and projects;
• Provision of leadership and advice on marine instrumentation and observation systems, applications and solutions to project/survey specific requests, liaising with partner agencies, commercial customers, manufacturers and equipment designers as required;
• Demonstrable competency in land-based and offshore safety and management of survey equipment and operations. The job holder will need to clearly understand the H&S processes and procedures related to survey and fieldwork equipment and their applications; and
• Ability to effectively communicate and collaborate with both colleagues within the organisation, and with external partners and stakeholders.
Desirable skills include:
• A good understanding of mapping, charting and geodesy and the tools used to support these work areas;
• Practical experience in the physics and electronics of acoustic and positioning systems, and their use to support marine surveys; and
• Ability to write scientific reports and technical papers.

Person specification

Please demonstrate how your previous experience and skills will enable you to meet the requirements of the Job description


Essential professional qualifications required are a degree (or equivalent) in a relevant engineering subject and operational experience of technical problem solving (preferably in relation to marine survey and fieldwork activities).


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

  • Science and Engineering - Overseeing the Technical Work of Others
  • Changing and improving
  • Managing a quality service
  • Making effective decisions

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

This vacancy is using the Civil Service Competency Framework. Guidance on writing competency examples is available: A brief guide to competencies
Candidates should be aware that they may be assessed on their relevant skills and experience as well as the listed competences at both sift and interview
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 interviews will be held at Cefas Lowestoft
Cefas is unable to contribute to interview expenses

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
Principles and you wish to make a complaint, in the first instance, you should contact
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If you are not satisfied with the response you receive from the Department, you can
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