Senior Coastal Processes Scientist

Pay band 6 – (Civil Service Equivalent SEO)

33,693 – 39,652           


Flexible working, full-time, part-time, job share


REF: 1551629     

Cefas is seeking a highly-motivated coastal scientist join a team producing high quality evidence based deliverables for Cefas’ nuclear portfolio, government regulatory clients and other customers (e.g., small island developing states). The work involves developing projects to solve coastal problems, gather baseline evidence, predict and measure impacts arising from major infra-structure projects (e.g. nuclear power stations, navigation dredging, port developments). It will also involve developing proposals and bids for new work, both in the UK and abroad.

The first part of this post relates to new nuclear power stations and involves contributing to an interdisciplinary marine programme. The coastal geomorphology and oceanography component of the portfolio considers how developments and associated coastal defences will impact the nearshore zone, including potential impacts on ecology, sediment transport and coastal configuration. It also examines changes to coastal processes and coastal morphology, including extreme events (> 100 years) to inform safe and efficient engineering design and regulatory planning applications. Examples of the work include the use of video cameras, x-band radar and drones to measure coastal change, and experiments using RFID tags to study gravel transport.

The second part of this role requires delivery of professional and impartial scientific advice to key customers (MMO, NRW, PINS and commercial clients) on coastal energy projects (e.g., tidal stream and elevation, wave, and offshore wind farms), coastal construction, aggregate extraction and other coastal/marine developments. Your expert advice will be based on a balanced, impartial and critical examination of data and reports on coastal processes including seabed stability, coastal erosion, sediment transport, coastal geomorphology and oceanography. You would be expected to develop quickly into the role, and would be responsible for co-ordinating a small team of coastal processes advisors.

Excellent report/paper writing and effective communication skills are essential.

The post offers the opportunity to develop new scientific approaches to acquire new evidence, perform field work and disseminate scientific outputs.

Academic qualifications for direct entry to this Pay band 6 post is a Higher Degree and relevant experience in an appropriate coastal dynamics, geomorphology or coastal engineering discipline.

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Closing date: 1 September 2017.

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