U.K. nationals: Ocean Environment Scientist

UK Hydrographic Office
Taunton, United Kingdom
Position Type: 
Full-Time
Organization Type: 
Government
Experience Level: 
Not Specified
Apply By: 
29 November 2020

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Location

Taunton

About the job

Summary

This role sits within the Ocean Environment Team – part of the wider Scientific Analysis Group. The team is specifically responsible for managing a diverse range of marine environmental data (e.g. marine biological, oceanographic, geological, acoustic and ocean climatological) to support the UKHO's input into commercial, SOLAS, MOD and Allied requirements. To balance the skill sets within our team, we are currently requiring an marine scientist with a specialism in Marine Biology.

Job description

Tasks fall in to 4 key areas:

› Capability: Liaison with organisations (both UK and overseas) to meet the needs of assigned work and keep abreast of developments in marine environmental data and analytical techniques. Make the necessary arrangements to obtain data and provide this information as a dataset in a form readily useable by the customer. Develop a network of contacts throughout the scientific/NGO community to facilitate the best available current scientific understanding and enable collaboration activities to enhance the team’s capability. Take part in outreach activities to raise the profile of the team as a leading supplier of maritime scientific data and expertise.

› Data analysis and presentation: Data is analysed to create representative descriptions of the environment. The post holder will undertake analysis of data relevant to the teams tasking, to derive representative visualisations of the expected marine environmental conditions as well as improve analysis methodology in order to provide a better service, more efficiently.

› Development: The job holder will develop a good understanding of the customers need for and use of environmental information and feedback from users is actively sought to inform development planning. Methods and software tools used for analysis or presentation of results will be continually reviewed and updated to meet changing demands, to improve products and to make best use of developments in data handling and processing technology.

› Report writing and Quality Assurance: The holder will be expected to produce technical reports to record methodology and results or to present a case for changes to working practices, ensuring documentation is maintained for all analysis work.
 

Responsibilities

Our customers require professional advice and a range of Situational Awareness products providing information about the marine environment to assist in their planning. To support this, the Ocean Environment Team, within the Scientific Analysis Group, acquires data from a variety of sources and analyses those data for subsequent use. The purpose of this post is to provide the expertise necessary to advise on the use of environmental data and development to provide an assessment of the environmental conditions likely to be encountered. This will be achieved through collaborations with external organisations and scientific communities.

Person Specification

We are seeking an outward looking marine scientist with a specialism in Marine Biology who is able to apply scientific concepts and advances to meet real world customer needs. The ability to develop supporting skills in data programming/data analysis to meet the evolving needs of our customers is key to success in the role, as is a genuine desire to work collaboratively as part of a small, dynamic team.

Full brief of the Behaviours, strengths, ability, knowledge, skills and experience required

Civil Service Behaviours level 3

Changing and Improving
Developing Self and Others
Communicating and Influencing
Working Together
Delivering at Pace

Specific Technical/Functional Skills and Experience

Essential:

› Strong numerical ability and a deep knowledge and understanding of the principles of marine environmental science - a postgraduate qualification or equivalent experience in marine biological science.
› A working knowledge of data analysis and databasing techniques applied to marine environmental data, including computer programming skills (preferably some experience with MATLAB/R/Python alongside shell-scripting).
› An understanding of data presentation and visualisation techniques and the ability to apply that to marine environmental data.

Desirable:

› Good working knowledge of geospatial software packages (e.g. ArcGIS, QGIS).
› Knowledge of marine environmental impact on operational activity.
› Experience of liaison and collaboration activities, preferably in the scientific arena.

Behaviours

We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Delivering at Pace
  • Developing Self and Others
  • Changing and Improving
  • Working Together
  • Communicating and Influencing

We only ask for evidence of these behaviours on your application form:

  • Delivering at Pace
  • Developing Self and Others

Technical skills

We'll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:

  • Strong numerical ability and a deep knowledge and understanding of the principles of marine biological science - a postgraduate qualification or equivalent experience in marine biological science.
  • A working knowledge of data analysis and databasing techniques applied to marine environmental data, including computer programming skills (preferably some experience with MATLAB/R/Python alongside shell-scripting).
  • Knowledge and understanding of the principles of marine biological science

We only ask for evidence of these technical skills on your application form:

  • Strong numerical ability and a deep knowledge and understanding of the principles of marine biological science - a postgraduate qualification or equivalent experience in marine biological science.
  • A working knowledge of data analysis and databasing techniques applied to marine environmental data, including computer programming skills (preferably some experience with MATLAB/R/Python alongside shell-scripting).

Benefits

We offer a range of benefits to support your lifestyle, including generous leave allowances, flexible working hours, a lift-share scheme and regular training and development opportunities.

Working for UKHO, you could enjoy the following range of benefits: 26.5 annual leave, increasing after five years service.

Flexible working options include: Flexible working hours scheme, that includes up to two days per month Flexi leave, remote working, part-time working, job sharing, paid special leave, career breaks and unpaid leave.

We offer maternity, adoption and or shared parental leave of up to 26 weeks full pay, followed by 13 weeks statutory pay and a further 13 weeks unpaid leave; plus paternity leave of up to two weeks full pay, subject to certain qualifying criteria.

We also offer a brand new state of art awarding-winning building.

Things you need to know

Security

Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.

Successful candidates must meet the security requirements before they can be appointed. The level of security needed is security check.

People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.

Medical

Successful candidates will be expected to have a medical.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours, Experience and Technical skills.

Selection Process details

This vacancy is using success profiles, and will assess your Behaviours, Experience and Technical Skills. The selection process will be designed specifically for the role. As a result, your assessment could include:

› An interview
› An exercise with a presentation

Short-list Criteria

Depending on volume of applications, there may be a two-stage shortlisting process, however, please complete all criteria (to cover both stages) in your application.

At the initial stage you will be short-listed against the following criteria:

Technical/Experience:

› Strong numerical ability and a deep knowledge and understanding of the principles of marine biological science - a postgraduate qualification or equivalent experience in marine biological science.

If you are successfully shortlisted at stage 1, the following criteria will be used to shortlist for interview:

› A working knowledge of data analysis and databasing techniques applied to marine environmental data, including computer programming skills (preferably some experience with MATLAB/R/Python alongside shell-scripting).

Behaviours:
› Delivering at Pace
› Developing Self and Others

Interview Criteria

You will be interviewed against the following criteria:

Technical/Experience:

› Knowledge and understanding of the principles of marine biological science

Behaviours:

› Changing and Improving
› Working Together
› Communicating and Influencing

How to apply

Please demonstrate how you meet the short list criteria in the application form, as set out in the“short-list” section. Your examples do not need to be work-related. You will also be requested to supply your CV when applying.

As an employer committed to equality of opportunity, we short-list solely using information relevant to the assessment process.

Sift/ Interview dates

The sift is due to take place w/c 30th November 2020
Interviews are likely to be held w/c 7th and 14th December 2020

We will try to meet the dates set out in the advert. There maybe occasions when these dates change. You will be provided with sufficient notice of the confirmed dates.

Further Information

We have adopted anonymised recruitment. This means that your name, date of birth and other personal details will not be seen by the sift panel.

This section is only needed if you agree to a reserve list ahead of adverting. We may hold a merit (reserve) list for up to 12 months. During this time, if a similar role is identified and you have been placed on the merit list you may be considered for the post.

Nationality Statement

Candidates will be subject to UK immigration requirements as well as Civil Service nationality rules.
If you’re applying for a role requiring security clearance, please be aware that foreign or dual nationality is not an automatic bar. However certain posts may have restrictions which could affect those who do not have sole British nationality or who have personal connections with certain countries outside the UK.

• This role is open to full time, part time, job share. The UKHO will consider flexible working or workplace adjustments, where appropriate.
• Security – successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.
• This is a Ministry of Defence Reserved post open to British nationals only, successful applicants will require a security clearance (SC) and therefore need to have resided in the UK for a minimum of 12 consecutive months within the last 5 years.

It is likely we will be able to start your employment with BPSS clearance (your clean DBS certificate and satisfactory references that we will obtain) before your SC/DV clearance is successful – this is called a conditional offer.

You will be presented with an unconditional offer only once you have obtained the necessary level of clearance for the role.

If your fail to gain SC/DV clearance, whichever is appropriate for the role you have applied for, your employment with UKHO will be terminated immediately.

Our ability to start employment on a conditional basis is subject to the specific requirements of the role and cannot be guaranteed; please contact our recruitment team if you would like further information:

Please note, if you have not been resident in the UK for the last 5 years (for SC clearance) or for the last 10 years (for DV clearance) then you may be requested to supply the information below:

• Evidence of your actual overseas residence (bills or rental agreements confirming addresses etc)
• Police Certificate providing confirmation that no criminal record is held in the overseas country of residence.
• Reference/Confirmation of employment from an employer in the overseas country of residence.
• Reference/Confirmation of residence or travel from friends, companions or fellow travellers that have knowledge of or have been in the company of you, when resident outside of the UK.
• Reference from a UK based organisation maintaining contract with a sponsorship of you, while residing overseas

Disability Confident – Guaranteed Interview

UKHO embraces diversity and promotes inclusion and equality of opportunity. We are a Disability Confident employer, which includes offering a guaranteed interview to candidates with disabilities, providing they meet the minimum selection criteria.

By ‘minimum selection criteria’ we mean that the evidence you provide in your application must demonstrate that you meet the minimum pass mark, set by the short-list panel, for each criteria listed in the ‘short-list’ section, above. The short-list panel will not be made aware of any disability you may choose to declare; this information will be processed solely by HR, in accordance with Data Protection legislation.

If you are a disabled candidate, please ensure you complete the Equality and Diversity form or inform our HR department, at , if you wish to be considered under the Disability Confident guaranteed interview scheme.

Civil Service Recruitment

Civil Service Code New Section please include in all advertising

The Civil Service Code, forms part of the terms and conditions of every civil servant. It was first introduced in 1996 and has been updated several times since.

The Civil Service Code outlines the core values of the Civil Service:
• Honesty
• Integrity
• Impartiality
• Objectivity
It describes the standards of behaviour expected of individual civil servants against each of these four values.

From 01/10/2020, UKHO’s HR Department is to provide a Fair Processing Notice (FPN) to all new applicants after they have been successful at interview.
These candidates will be informed that, as one aspect of pre-employment screening, their personal details – name, NINO and date of birth - will be checked against the Civil Service Resourcing Extract Internal Fraud Database (IFD) and that anyone included on the IFD will be refused employment unless they can show exceptional circumstances.

UKHO’s HR Department will also include the FPN wording advising of the check against the extract IFD in the advert for employment for the pilot departments.

UKHO’s HR Department will, on behalf of the vacancy holder, inform applicants when they are refused employment because of their inclusion in the IFD.

Civil Service Commission
Recruitment into the Civil Service is governed by the Civil Service Commission which has two key functions.
? To maintain the principle of selection for appointment to the Civil Service on merit on the basis of fair and open competition.
? To promote an understanding of the Civil Service Code which sets out the constitutional framework in which all civil servants work and the values they are expected to uphold, and to hear and determine appeals made under it. More detailed information can be found at on the Civil Service Commission website: http://civilservicecommission.independent.gov.uk

Complaints
The Department’s recruitment processes are underpinned by the requirement of selection for appointment based on merit, open and fair competition as outlined in the Civil Service Commissioners’ Recruitment Principles, details of which can be found at http://civilservicecommission.independent.gov.uk
If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with the Recruitment Principles and you wish to make a complaint, you should contact the UKHO’s Recruitment Team, Human Resources, Admiralty Way, Taunton, Somerset TA1 2DN or email , in the first instance.
If you are not satisfied with the response you receive you can further contact the Civil Service Commission at:

Email: civilservicecommission.independent.gov.uk or in writing to:

Civil Service Commission, Room G/8, 1 Horse Guards Road, London SW1A 2HQ

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.

Nationality requirements

Open to UK nationals only.

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

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