Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science

Senior Marine Litter Scientist

£34,030 - £40,049

Based in our Lowestoft Laboratory and working within the Cefas Monitoring Group, you will provide support to the Marine Litter Team and Cefas Principal Investigator for the Marine Litter topic. This will involve developing innovative science for the delivery of projects relating to national and international marine litter issues, including provision of advice and recommendations for approaches to mitigate against the inputs of litter and microplastics to the marine environment.

  • Contribute to the development and implementation of Cefas marine litter science, working with the Principal Investigator to ensure that the deliverables are consistent with customer and relevant stakeholder requirements.
  • Support and deliver marine litter project outputs, including the production of quality papers and presentations, as required.
  • Provide high quality written and verbal briefings, presentations, manuscripts and summary reports in response to customer requirements.
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of national and international action plans, mitigation measures and best practices in relation to land and sea based sources of marine litter.
  • Build science networks and enable knowledge transfer across the scientific community and via stakeholder consultations and workshops.
  • Contribute to on-going field monitoring and laboratory activities across a range of marine litter projects.

You should have relevant experience of marine litter science and policy (e.g., specifically knowledge of national/ international commitments and conventions relating to marine litter) along with appropriate management training/qualifications. You will be confident working and advising at senior management level and preferably familiar with working in a government or similar organisation, and the associated sensitivities and need for political judgement. Specific experience in the fields of polymer science and production, recycling and waste management systems/solutions and the application of best practices in relation to marine litter would be advantageous. Knowledge of land and sea based sources of litter and mechanisms to tackle those would also be welcome. This post requires an individual who has a strong work ethic and who can work as part of a successful team. With the varying nature of the work, Cefas is looking for an innovative individual who can learn quickly, and implement new lab and field techniques to assist with our ever-expanding role. The ability to travel (including possibly overseas) and work flexibly is essential. There is an opportunity for offshore working on Cefas' Research Vessel, RV Endeavour, as well as internationally, as project needs dictate. The post holder will be required to work autonomously in the field and be able to make in situ decisions to comply with health and safety regulations, whilst still maintaining data quality.

Closing date: 23 February 2018.

published: 30 January 2018     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.