A Fisheries assessment scientist position is now open at CEFAS, Lowestoft, UK
PURPOSE OF JOB
Within this post there is a responsibility for supporting scientific analyses for the assessment of commercially exploited marine fish stocks and subsequent advice on their management to Cefas, Defra and other customers. The post will include working with fishermen, national and international scientific and conservation organisations, which will require travelling in the UK and overseas, and there could also be opportunities to participate in research projects and fieldwork at sea.
The post-holder will work as an assessment scientist as part of a team providing management advice on the sustainable utilisation of marine fishery resources. You will conduct assessments of fish stocks, to provide quantitative advice on a wide range of fisheries matters to both internal and external customers and participate in the development of new approaches to fisheries assessment and management. The role will require numerical programming, statistical analysis, report writing and presentation skills.
Academic qualifications and experience required for direct entry into Cefas Pay Band 5 is a degree with a high level of mathematics / statistics content or a numerical discipline and relevant work experience. This requirement can be waived for internal candidates who are able to demonstrate an equivalent level of knowledge and experience. Experience in numerical modelling and data analysis, high level programming languages, identifying problems in the application of procedures to data and the ability to demonstrate IT skills in packages such as SPlus or R are essential. Good written and verbal communication skills with the ability to explain complex solutions to non-specialists are also required. The post requires strong personal motivation and flexibility, working effectively as part of an interdisciplinary team and willingness to travel both nationally and internationally to work directly with the organisations involved in this research. Experience of management of ecological or renewable resources, collaborating with other institutes both nationally and internationally, and the ability to identify and where appropriate to seek additional business opportunities in fisheries research, are all desirable.
Academic qualifications required for direct entry to this CEFAS Pay Band 6 post is a degree in a biological, mathematics, statistics or appropriate IT subject, and more than five years’ relevant work experience either nationally or internationally. Preferably you will possess a higher degree in fisheries science or similar subject including a large proportion of numerical analysis. Experience of applying numerical modelling / data analysis to biological systems using high level programming skills (e.g. R, FORTRAN, C) are essential. Experience of initiating and executing research projects, delivery of accurate results to deadline and writing reports are also required. You must be innovative, well motivated and flexible in your approach to work and have good written and verbal communication skills. You will be able to lead, motivate and manage a small team of scientists. Experience of management of ecological or renewable resources, collaborating with other institutes both nationally and internationally, and the ability to identify and where appropriate to seek additional business opportunities in fisheries research, are all desirable.
Closing date for applications is 20/10/2011