Senior Shellfish Scientist

Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science

Closing date: 2 Jan 2019

Reference number



£34,541 - £40,650


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

The post provides the 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 including Defra, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the EU, and ICES.
You will be expected to work with national and international scientific and management organisations making a real impact to marine environmental management and policy. Travel, both domestic and overseas is to be expected with the possibility of participating in fieldwork.

You will have responsibility for designing, developing and utilising population models of both fish and assessments of commercially harvested shellfish stocks. You will initiate, conduct and develop scientific and statistical assessments of marine data sets and shellfish stocks and the impacts of fishing on the marine ecosystem to provide advice on fisheries and marine ecosystem management to Cefas, Defra and other national and international bodies.

Main Duties and Responsibilities
Key work areas include monitoring and assessment of shellfish stocks, their associated environment, and the impact of fishing on ecosystems.
You will oversee and interpret scientific analyses to provide analysis and advice on the assessment of marine fish and shellfish stocks, the marine environment, and associated fisheries and management options. Duties will include the responsibility for development and delivery of shellfish stock assessments, data analysis and ad hoc numerical and statistical modelling, report writing and presentation of results and advice to a wide range of national and international customers. You will be innovative, well-motivated and flexible with good communication skills, you will be capable of both independent working and working within multi-disciplinary international teams.
The roles will require statistical and numerical programming, statistical analysis, project management, report writing and presentation skills. A broad understanding of Shellfish biology will be required.

Cefas actively supports staff development and opportunities for additional professional training and development are available.

Person specification

Experience of the application of statistical / mathematical programming and data analysis

Experience in collaborating with other scientific institutes

Experience of stock assessment of, or research on, ecological or renewable resources and the ability to identify additional national or international business opportunities in fisheries research are also highly desirable.


Academic qualifications required for direct entry to this Cefas Payband 6 post is a degree with a high level of numerical, mathematical and statistical content, or equivalent experience


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

  • Delivering at Pace
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Working Together

Technical skills

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

  • Statistical / mathematical programming



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 Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours, Strengths, Experience and Technical skills.
Please note depending on the volume of applications an initial sift may be conducted on the lead behaviour - Delivering at Pace, candidates must pass this competency for their application to be progressed.

As part of the application process you will be asked to complete a CV. Further details around what this will entail are listed on the application form.

Candidates who are judged to be a near miss at interview may be offered a post at the grade below the one advertised.

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.

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

Mandy Roberts

Sift/interview dates and location

Sift and interview dates and location to be confirmed.

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

Cefas is unable to contribute to interview expenses, however, we can 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
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If you are not satisfied with the response you receive from the Department, you can
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