Principal Fisheries Scientist

Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science

Closing date: 30 Nov 2018

Reference number



£44,715 - £54,013


Grade 7

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


The post provides an opportunity to join an internationally respected, dynamic and active team conducting and leading on fisheries science, assessments and management advice to national and international marine management organisations.


You will proactively engage with a range of customers including Defra, Welsh Government and other organisations in support of fisheries management issues and provide a strategic overview of data collection and assessment to ensure this is optimised and continual improvement is sought in these processes going forward. You will play a leading role in enhancing Cefas’ external profile in global fisheries research.

You will work with colleagues, often in a leading role, to provide scientific input and strategic leadership to a range of programmes, including national and international work, the global Blue Belt and programmes advising Defra and other Government Departments on specific policy needs. You will be expected to work with national and international scientific and management organisations which regulate marine resources making a real impact to management and policy. You will be involved in overseas travel, and fieldwork. You will lead national and international work programmes as Principal Investigator and provide advice to government and customers at all levels, working as part of a close team of colleagues.

You will lead and provide senior scientific input to a range of fisheries science programmes and work with senior scientists to develop an active and engaged fisheries R&D and management advice portfolio.


• Degree and significant work experience leading in fisheries science and/or marine ecology.
• Knowledge, experience and delivery of fisheries research and management advice and /or stock assessment.
• Good understanding of survey and data collection design.
• High level of numeracy.
• Excellent customer focus and proven track record of leading and delivery significant scientific projects.
• Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written. Demonstrable experience of distilling complex scientific advice into information for a range of audiences.
• A flexible approach and a commitment to working as part of a team.
• Report writing and presentation skills.

• PhD in fisheries research.
• Track record delivering as principal scientist and strategic leadership
• Ability to work overseas, at sea on research and/or commercial vessels.
• Statistical and numerical programming (and the application of such programmes for example, the use of R, matlab or similar for data analysis).
• Knowledge of marine management in Overseas Territories or Small Islands.
• Track record of publications

Person specification

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


Degree (or equivalent) and significant work experience leading in fisheries science and/or marine ecology


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

  • Leading and communicating
  • Collaborating and partnering
  • Making effective decisions
  • Changing and improving
  • Seeing the big picture
  • 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
Candidates may be assessed on their previous skills and experience as well as on the competency statements.
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.

Interview date to be confirmed.

Cefas does not contribute to interview expenses, however, we are able to offer an initial interview via Skype for candidates who are unable to travel to Lowestoft.

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
Government Recruitment Services via email:

If you are not satisfied with the response you receive from the Department, you can
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