Senior Radioecologist

Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science

Closing date: 7 Nov 2018

Reference number



£34,030 - £40,049


Senior Executive Officer

Contract type


Business area


Type of role

Environment and Sustainability

Working pattern

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



Number of posts



Lowestoft, Eastern

About the job

Job description

An opportunity exists for a senior radioecologist in the radiological protection work area of the Radiological and Chemical Sciences (RACS) Group. The work area comprises a diverse group of scientists who provide high quality interpretation and publication of radionuclide data (associated with determining radionuclide behaviour and risk in terrestrial and marine environments), utilising UK wide surveys, modelling, radioanalytical support and previously published data. The post will also provide expert scientific advice to a comprehensive portfolio of UK and international customers, including UK environment agencies, foreign governments and private companies in the nuclear industry. The role requires an experienced radioecologist who can develop Cefas’ science, business and people, to sustain its position as recognised leaders in radiological protection.


The key focus of the position will involve providing technical input to Cefas’ radiological monitoring programme in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, which includes the monitoring and dose assessments of the food safety implications of radioactive wastes discharges to the environment. You will also provide expert radiological advice to a range of UK environment agencies and international customers. There will be opportunities to undertake or support radiological work in our growing Middle East portfolio.

You will provide scientific leadership and will contribute to proposals for new projects which range from the initial design and implementation of complex sampling and radioanalytical programmes to the final interpretation of derived dose assessments. There will be opportunities to develop our science and lead innovations.

You will provide technical developmental support to the Radioanalytical Services team members and provide specialist technical advice and scientific input to customers, Cefas business developers, and wider projects in the field of radioecology. The role also entails close collaboration with Cefas Project Managers, in the formal capacity of Principal Investigator, and requires an understanding of customer needs. Authorship of reports and peer reviewed papers is expected, along with representation at various national and international fora.

You must have a broad working knowledge of radioactivity in the marine environment and you will be required to use your technical experience to solve novel problems, lead projects, and provide advice to senior staff and customers. You must have the ability to meet demanding deadlines with a flexible approach to work as you will be working on different projects simultaneously.

The post requires you to work as part of a team with the ability to supervise staff and have a discrete area of responsibility for which you will be fully accountable. You will have excellent communication skills, including scientific writing skills, experience of giving presentations, and the ability to communicate ideas and plans clearly and influence at all levels including departmental, government and external organisations, including international. You must have good IT skills, including a working knowledge of standard Microsoft applications.


Essential skills
• A thorough understanding of radioactivity behaviour in the marine and/or terrestrial environments.
• Substantial experience as a scientific expert with recognition at national and international level.
• Proven radioecology research background.
• An understanding of radiological dose assessments and radiological risk in the environment.
• The ability to provide radiological protection advice to a range of UK and international customers.
• Ability to organise and prioritise effectively in a multi-task environment.
• Examples of decision making to resolve problems.
• Experience of successful team working.
• Effective verbal and written communication.
• Authorship of reports and peer reviewed papers, and presentation skills.

Desirable skills
• Working knowledge of radioanalytical methods and techniques to determine environmental levels.

Person specification

Please show how your skills and experience will enable you to meet the requirements of the job description.


Academic qualifications required are a PhD or first degree plus appropriate experience in radioecology. The PhD requirement may be waived for exceptional candidates who are able to demonstrate an equivalent level of knowledge and experience.


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

  • Leading and communicating
  • Making effective decisions
  • Science and Engineering - Applying Scientific and Technical Knowledge

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
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 may be assessed on their skills and experience as well as the competencies.

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

Interviews will be held at Cefas Laboratory, Pakefield Road, Lowestoft, Suffolk, NR33 0HT

Date to be confirmed.

Cefas is unable to contribute to interview/travel 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
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