Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science

Marine Litter Scientist

Payband 5, Civil Service Equivalent HEO
Full-time, Part-time, flexible working, job share
REF: 1550223

Based in our Lowestoft Laboratory and working within the Cefas Monitoring Group, you will provide support to the Cefas Principal Investigator for the Marine Litter topic. This will involve supporting the delivery of a number of projects relating to national and international marine litter assessment and monitoring, including provision of advice and recommendations for approaches to mitigate against inputs of litter and microplastics into the marine environment along with their potential impacts.


  • Contributing to the development and implementation of effective marine litter assessment and monitoring;
  • Providing options for practical delivery of marine litter assessment and monitoring as part of an integrated programme of marine monitoring;
  • Providing options for mitigation of entry of litter (including microplastics and polymers) into the marine environment along with provision of recommendations on setting up of approaches/analytical framework for testing and comparing clean up technologies;
  • Outreach and knowledge transfer across the scientific community and also via stakeholder consultations and workshops;
  • Contribution to the development and implementation of best practice in relation to data collation and harmonisation.


Academic qualifications required for this Payband 5 post are a degree or an equivalent qualification. You should have relevant experience in the field of marine litter (e.g., specifically knowledge of OSPAR, MSFD and international commitments and conventions relating to marine litter) along with appropriate management training/qualifications. Specific experience in the fields of polymer science and production, recycling and waste management systems/solutions and the application of life cycle assessment (LCA) would also be advantageous.

The ability to travel (including possibly overseas) and work flexibly is essential.

Closing date for applications is 14 August 2017.

published: 31 July 2017     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.