Statistical Modeller

Centre for Environment, Fisheries & Aquaculture Science (CEFAS)

Lowestoft, UK

Application Deadline
£30,317 to £32,803

Contract: Permanent, Full time, part time

Location: Lowestoft

Ref: 285301

The UK leaving the EU offers new opportunities to manage a sustainable UK fishing industry. The 25-year Environment plan and the Fisheries Bill both declare a sustainable development for this sector based on state-of-the art scientific insights. This role will provide an exciting opportunity for a motivated person to join the multi-species modelling team.

You will be working to help us develop innovative scientific approaches to support Ecosystem-Based Fisheries Management advice and to provide analytical support for the assessment of marine fish and shellfish stocks, their associated fisheries, the marine environment, and management options. You will be expected to work with scientific and management organisations as well as the fishing industry, making a real impact influencing marine fisheries management and policy. Travel, both domestic and overseas is to be expected.


The following are essential criteria required for this role and you must be able to demonstrate your skills and experience in the following areas:

  • Excellent R skills and experience of writing code;
  • Excellent statistical skills including understanding of graphical modelling (e.g., random effects models, hierarchical modelling);
  • Being innovative, attentive, well-motivated, organised and flexible with good written and verbal communication skills;
  • Experience in identifying and solving problems as part of an interdisciplinary team; and
  • Ability to explain complex solutions to both specialists and non-specialists.

A degree or equivalent qualification in quantitative ecology, statistics or comparable subject with good focus on system modelling would be preferred, however substantial relevant work experience will be considered.

Cefas is proud of a diverse and inclusive work environment, committed to fairness and the promotion of equality of opportunity for all. We know that having a range of experiences, backgrounds, ways of working and thinking makes us a stronger organisation, better at reflecting the communities we serve. We embrace different views and experiences and value the fresh perspective that people from a variety of circumstances bring to the work we do. We welcome applications from candidates who have not previously worked for the Civil Service, mid- and late-career changers with transferrable skills, people from all backgrounds and circumstances regardless of disability, gender, age ethnicity, LGBT+ identity and socio-economic status.

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