Lowestoft, Eastern, NR33 0HT
About the job
The purpose of this post is to support delivery of large fisheries programmes through the collection of high-quality evidence. A key role to support the otolith processing team with technical work within the otolith lab. Other duties may also include age determination, database inputting, biological sampling of finfish and shellfish and with the potential to take part in fisheries research surveys aboard our Research Vessel Cefas Endeavour. Some archiving duties and contribution to other corporate projects may also be required.
MAIN DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
• Otolith processing and age determination
• Data entry into Cefas databases.
• Health and safety compliance in office, lab and fieldwork.
• Potential fieldwork both on and off shore.
• Archiving otolith samples and contribution to corporate programmes as required.
• Excellent attention to detail and methodical approach.
• Excellent communication skills and experience of working as part of a team
• Ability to accurately follow detailed procedures and instructions.
• Flexible and proactive approach to work methods and duties;
• Experience in compliance with lab health and safety practices
• Experience of operating technical equipment within a laboratory environment
• Experience of database input;
• Experience of managing computer and paper records;
• Good numerical skills
Please show how your skills and experience will enable you to meet the requirements of the job description.
Qualifications required for direct entry to Cefas Pay Band 3 are 2 'A' levels (or equivalent e.g. BTEC or NVQ level 3) preferably including a science subject, and some relevant work experience.
We'll assess you against these competencies during the selection process:
- Delivering value for money
- Delivering at pace
- Science and Engineering - Applying Scientific and Technical Knowledge
Civil Service Competency Framework
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Sift/interview dates and location
Interviews will be held at Cefas Laboratory, Pakefield Road, Lowestoft, Suffolk, NR33 OHT
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