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JOB TITLE: Ecosystem Modeller (possibly more than one position)
REF: 19-11 & 52-11
PAY BAND: 5/6
SALARY: Pay band 5: £24,036 - £29,300
Pay band 6: £30,403 - £37,727
ANNUAL LEAVE: 25 days, 30 days after 5 years service
PURPOSE OF JOB
The purpose of this role is to use mathematical models and analyses to address questions around the sustainable management of marine resources, and the impact of climate change. Cefas uses physical, chemical, biological, economic and social models to address a wide range of practical problems, such as the response of individual species, ecosystems and fisheries to human activities and climate change. In this role, you will develop models to increase understanding of marine ecosystems and inform government policy in relation to the Marine Strategy Framework Directive, Marine Coastal Access Act and Common Fisheries Policy, as well as other statutory and regulatory requirements.
MAIN DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
An innovative and adaptable individual is required to contribute to physical and ecosystem modelling in the Environment and Ecosystems Division. This is an exciting opportunity to use your quantitative skills to solve real world problems, increase understanding of marine ecosystems and provide scientific advice to inform national and international marine policy. You will work as part of multidisciplinary teams that include oceanographers, biogeochemists, marine ecologists, fisheries scientists, hydrodynamic modellers and ecosystem modellers, to identify and solve problems of international importance using models. Cefas uses models to provide practical solutions to problems including marine planning, eutrophication, litter and fisheries, so you will apply your expertise to solve a diverse range of problems and have considerable opportunity to shape your role. You will contribute to large modelling initiatives including European projects, as our models are often developed in collaboration with a wide network of scientists in universities and research institutes (e.g. GETM, GOTM, ERSEM-BFM) or may use modelling frameworks (e.g. Ecopath with Ecosim, ATLANTIS, TELEMAC). On a day-to-day basis, your work will involve analysis of large environmental datasets, parameterising and testing models, and developing novel science. The ultimate of aim of this work is to inform marine policy or regulatory requirements, so you will communicate model assumptions and results clearly to customers including the UK government. As the science developed will be novel, presentation at international conferences and publishing in peer-reviewed journals is encouraged. At the Pay Band 6 level, you will win new funding, provide training, contribute to business strategy, and may manage a team of scientists in addition to the responsibilities described above.
We encourage applications from people with backgrounds in quantitative methods who have a strong interest in applying their skills to solve practical problems in the marine and aquatic environment.
Academic qualifications required for direct entry to this position at Cefas Pay Band 5 level is a degree in a quantitative science or a science that includes a significant quantitative component. It is also essential that the successful candidate has previous relevant work experience. At the Pay Band 6 level, a degree in a numerical discipline is essential. The successful candidate must also have demonstrable relevant knowledge and substantial previous relevant experience. These requirements can be waived for internal candidates who are able to demonstrate an equivalent level of knowledge and experience.
You must have the ability to undertake independent research, recognise and question assumptions, and be able to analyse and interpret complex data using models. You will be self-motivated with a strong aptitude for solving complex scientific problems, and enjoy working in cross-disciplinary teams. Excellent communication skills are essential, as is a flexible approach to respond to changing requirements and challenging deadlines. You should be able to use relevant programming languages (e.g. .NET, FORTRAN, C++, SAS, Matlab, Python or R) and/or appropriate modelling tools for modelling the dynamics of marine ecosystems (e.g. GETM, GOTM, ERSEM-BFM, Ecopath with Ecosim, ATLANTIS, TELEMAC). Experience of managing, manipulating, analysing and visualising large empirical data sets is important (e.g. linear modelling, spatial statistics, Bayesian methods, probabilistic modelling). A thorough understanding of marine systems would be an advantage, but where this is not possible a clear idea how your skills can be transferred and applied to the marine environment is essential. A track record of obtaining funding, the ability to provide training and experience leading teams is also desirable for the higher Pay Band.
This post is in either Cefas Pay Band 5 or Cefas Pay Band 6. The salary range for pay band 5 is from £24,036 to £29,300 pa. The salary range for pay band 6 is £30,403 to £37,727 pa. In addition there is the opportunity for all staff to earn a performance related bonus. The salary is paid monthly by credit transfer. If you are already an established civil servant you can obtain further information from your Personnel Division about rules which may provide a more favourable starting salary than is allowed for under the previous paragraph. Other rules will apply if you are serving a fixed term appointment. Part-time working and job share applicants are also welcome.
Should you be appointed Cefas will carry out pre-employment enquiries that may include a Criminal Disclosure check.
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 OHT 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.
For an informal chat and additional details about the job role and expectations, please contact Alec Wilson on 01502 524361 who will put you in contact with a relevant person. Applications should be submitted through the website https://cefas.engageats.co.uk.
Closing date for applications is 24/10/2011
Interview date for applications is 10/11/2011 & 23/11/2011
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2011-09-29 by Sonja_van_Leeuwen
van Leeuwen, Sonja
Pakefield Road, Lowestoft, UK
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