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Senior Radioecologist

Centre for Environment, Fisheries & Aquaculture Science(CEFAS)

Payband 6, Civil Service Equivalent SEO Permanent

Full-time, Part-time, flexible working, job share

An opportunity exists at Cefas for a senior radioecologist in the area of radiological protection. This work area comprises a diverse group of scientists providing high quality interpretation and publication of radionuclide data (associated with determining radionuclide behaviour and risk in terrestrial and marine environments), utilising UK wide surveys, modelling, radioanalytical support and previously published data.  The post will also provide expert scientific advice to a comprehensive portfolio of UK and international customers.  The role requires an experienced radioecologist who can develop Cefas’ science, business and people, to sustain its position as a recognised leader in radiological protection.

The key focus of the position will involve providing technical input to Cefas’ radiological monitoring programme in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, which includes the monitoring and dose assessments of the food safety implications of radioactive wastes discharges to the environment. 

You will provide scientific leadership and contribute to proposals for new projects which range from the initial design and implementation of complex sampling and radioanalytical programmes to the final interpretation of derived dose assessments.  There will be opportunities to develop our science and lead innovations and to undertake or support radiological work in our growing Middle East portfolio.

You must have a broad working knowledge of radioactivity in the marine environment and you will be required to use your technical experience to solve novel problems, lead projects, and provide advice to senior staff and customers. 


Academic qualifications required are a PhD or first degree plus appropriate experience in radioecology.  The PhD requirement may be waived for exceptional candidates who are able to demonstrate an equivalent level of knowledge and experience.

Essential skills

  • A thorough understanding of radioactivity behaviour in the marine and/or terrestrial environments.
  • Substantial experience as a scientific expert with recognition at national and international level.
  • Proven radioecology research background.
  • An understanding of radiological dose assessments and radiological risk in the environment.
  • The ability to provide radiological protection advice to a range of UK and international customers.
  • Ability to organise and prioritise effectively in a multi-task environment.
  • Examples of decision making to resolve problems.
  • Experience of successful team working.
  • Effective verbal and written communication.
  • Authorship of reports and peer reviewed papers, and presentation skills.

For full details and to apply online please go to Civil Service Jobs 

Closing date for applications is 7 November 2018

Location: Lowestoft
Salary: £34,030 to £40,049
Hours: Full Time, Part Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 12th October 2018
Closes: 7th November 2018
Job Ref: 1603370
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