2015_09: Senior Fisheries Scientist, CEFAS

This post is designed for an ambitious, proactive and established fisheries scientist looking to develop new areas of applied research in partnership with the fishing industry and other stakeholders. As a member of a strong and highly committed team of applied fisheries scientists your work will complement and support existing research being conducted by the Applied Fisheries Science and Technology group at Cefas, including fishing gear technology, discard survival assessments, automated data collection, fisheries data collection programmes. You will develop new funding streams and utilise the expertise of members of the group to deliver high impact applied fisheries science. The successful applicant will be motivated to independently initiate applied research and deliver it with the support of a wider team.


A lead scientist is required to independently initiate applied fisheries research that is delivered with the support of a wider team. The research topics can differentiate from, but will complement, the research conducted currently in an existing team, which consist of fishing gear technology, discard survival assessments, automated data collection and fisheries data collection programmes. The research is expected to be applied and be conducted in partnership with the fishing industry and other stakeholders. It is anticipated that there will be an increasing short/medium term demand in several research areas with the implementation of the reformed Common Fisheries Policy. These include developments in electronic fisheries data capture, fishing gear selectivity, discard survival and understanding the effects of changing fishing management on the marine ecosystem. The research will require the successful applicant to secure funding, with a focus on income sources outside of the public sector.
You will be a highly motivated, independent and established fisheries scientist, with the ability to build relations with stakeholders and with the foresight and imagination to generate and secure funding for novel research projects. You should demonstrate the potential to become a manager/adviser.
This work will require travelling and working (including fieldwork) during unsocial hours and at weekends.


Academic qualifications required for this Payband 6 post is a higher degree and relevant experience. This requirement may be waived for internal candidates with relevant experience
You must be an experienced research scientist, with experience of field work (at-sea), data analysis (applied statistics), report writing, publishing, and with the foresight and imagination to generate and sell new and novel project concepts
In addition you will have:

• Credibility and the ability to communicate effectively with the fishing industry, fishery managers, ICES and other partners and customers
• A track record in delivery, leadership skills, problem solving, developing strong customer relations
• In-depth understanding of north European fisheries management and the landing obligation
• A network of contacts with relevant organisations and disciplines
• Experience in conducting fieldwork at-sea on-board commercial fishing vessels
• A proven track record in winning funds outside of public sector
• Demonstrable ability to access new sources of funding (without competing for existing customers)
• Experience as a skilled project manager – coordinating, administrating, following protocols


  • Collaborating and Partnering
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Delivering Value for Money
  • Managing a Quality Service
  • Science & Engineering – Applying Scientific & Technical Knowledge
  • Science & Engineering – Overseeing the Technical Work of Others
  • Science & Engineering – Securing, Maintaining & Developing Relevant Technical Expertise


The Agency’s recruitment processes are underpinned by the principle of selection for appointment on merit on the basis of fair and open competition as outlined in the Civil Service Commissioners’ Principles which can be found at www.civilservicecommissioners.org.  If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with the Code and you wish to make a complaint, you should contact HR Services, Cefas, Pakefield Road, Lowestoft, Suffolk, NR33 0HT in the first instance.  If you are not satisfied with the response you receive from the Agency, you can contact the Office of the Civil Service Principles.

This vacancy is open to employees who were appointed to the Civil Service on merit following a fair and open competition, or were appointed to a permanent Civil Service post in accordance with an exception certified by the Civil Service Commissioners. 

This post is currently open to both internal and external applicants

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Closing date for applications is          12 September 2015

Interview date for applications is       TBA

REF:   CS Reference no 1465032

PAY BAND:   6 – CS equivalent SEO

CONTRACT:                        Permanent

SALARY:                              33,359 – 39,259

HOURS:                                Fulltime

LOCATION:                          Lowestoft