Marine Data Coordinator **Closing Date Extended**

Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science

Closing date: 3 Jul 2019

Reference number



£22,751 - £25,912


Executive Officer

Contract type


Business area


Type of role

Architecture and Data
Environment and Sustainability
Knowledge and Information Management

Working pattern

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



Number of posts



Lowestoft, NR33 0HT or
Weymouth, DT4 8UB
(there will be an element of travel between sites)

About the job

Job description

In this new role you will work collaboratively to develop solutions to improve the management, access and reuse of scientific data across multiple marine science areas at Cefas. You will work closely alongside scientists on UK and international projects to support data re-use to uncover new insights using innovative technologies and methodologies. Engagement with the wider marine science community will be important for the dissemination and long term archival of data, whilst you’ll also strengthen the adoption of standards and processes to improve data quality from data collection.


You will work as part of the Data Governance Strategy and Support Team, in the Applied Technology Group, to develop solutions to improve the management, access and reuse of data across the organisation and externally.

You will also:

- collaborate to support compliance with legislation, Cefas Data policy and the Defra Group Data and Information Strategy
- provide technical input to UK and international projects
- help facilitate increased scientific data re-use, to uncover new insights using innovative technologies and methodologies.
- facilitate the integration of data into the data management systems including Cefas Data Hub and Master Data Register, including to increase external and international access and re-use of Cefas scientific data.
- collaborate and advise the wider marine science community to support the dissemination and long term archival of data, while strengthening the adoption of standards and improving data quality.
- work closely alongside Cefas scientists to help embed data management principles and change cultures within and across the multiple science function areas.
- Assist with training and advice to project managers and other supporting functions whilst mentoring scientists to adopt best practice for data collection early, thereby driving efficiencies.
- Provide input to and drive efficiencies with Cefas processes and assist with the enhancement of the organisations data management systems including Cefas Data Hub and Master Data Register.
- National and international travel may be required for this role.

Person specification

• Experience working in a science, data, technology, or engineering related role would be advantageous.
• Familiarity working with large datasets would be an advantage together with an understanding on the value of sharing and reusing quality marine science data.
• Demonstrable data analysis, problem-solving and decision-making skills.
• Demonstrable communication skills for collaboration and effective presentation skills.
• Comfortable working in and across multi-disciplinary teams, as well as working independently.


Degree or postgraduate qualification preferably in either marine, environmental, data science, or offshore engineering and survey subjects, or with demonstrable experience in a similar role.


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

  • Developing Self and Others
  • Delivering at Pace
  • Making Effective Decisions

Technical skills

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

  • Computer skills



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 Developing Self and Others, candidates must pass this behaviour for their application to be progressed. Each behaviour is limited to 250 words.

You will be assessed at both sift and interview using Success Profiles. You may also be required to provide a presentation at the interview stage.

Please note:
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.

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Contact point for applicants

Sift/interview dates and location

Sift and Interview date 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 are able to offer an initial interview via Skype for candidates who are unable to travel to Lowestoft

Further information

Reasonable adjustment

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