Senior Scientist, Fisheries Division

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The purpose of this position is to manage delivery of Scientific Monitoring and R&D Project contracts in applied marine fisheries science and find and develop new business opportunities through networks and innovation.

Main duties and responsabilities

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ademic qualifications and experience required for direct entry into Cefas Pay Band 7 are a minimum of a degree ideally in subjects relating to fisheries science plus substantial relevant work experience. These requirements can be waived for internal candidates.

The successful candidate must meet the following criteria:

•A strong science background, relating to applied fisheries science
•Ability to demonstate having experience of tendering for and winning contracts
•A background demonstrating scientific innovation
•Well organised with good planning skills (evidence of working under pressure to tight deadlines)
•Excellent verbal and written communication skills
•Highly focussed on sound health and safety systems and practices
It is desirable that the candidate meets the following criteria:

•Experience in fishing gear technology and fisheries data
•Experienced project manager
•Track record of scientific publication
•Strong numeracy and IT skills
•Good understanding of the markets in which FD operates, including customer drivers and competitors.

Additional information

This post is in Cefas Pay Band 7. The salary range is from £40,831 to £50,882 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 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.

Please note that all Defra surplus staff will be given priority shortlisting. Please can you state clearly on the application form.

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.

REF: 28-11

Closing date for applications is: 27/10/2011

Interview date for applications is: 06/12/2011

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