Job Opportunity! Cefas is Hiring a Bioacoustician


Many aquatic animals use underwater sound to communicate, forage, and navigate, and these important functions are increasingly threatened by underwater noise pollution. Cefas is highly engaged in this scientific area. They undertake field- and desk-based research on the effects of noise on marine mammals, fish and invertebrates, and provide scientific advice to UK Government and regulators on the management of noise-generating activities (e.g. offshore wind farms, seismic surveys). The purpose of this post is to support the growing noise and bioacoustics portfolio at Cefas and to augment the existing skills base of the Noise and Bioacoustics team.

You will be expected to provide key input into noise and bioacoustics studies at all stages, from planning through to presentation and publication. You will further develop analytical methods to determine implications of noise-related disturbance, contribute to impact assessments, and publish the results of your research in peer-reviewed journals and at scientific conferences. You will work closely with the Cefas principal underwater noise specialist and mentor junior scientists. As an experienced scientist with an enthusiasm for applied research, you will be encouraged to seek new business opportunities in the UK and abroad.


Lowestoft - Cefas is a scientific establishment and it is essential for the successful candidate to work from this location

Job description

The successful candidate will work within the Noise and Bioacoustics team, providing expertise in bioacoustics for a range of government, EU, and industry customers. Your main duties will include:

  • assessing environmental impacts of a range of noise-generating human activities on fish and invertebrates
  • coordinating passive acoustic field monitoring programmes
  • data analysis and data management
  • providing scientific advice for UK Government and regulatory bodies
  • preparing project reports and scholarly publications

The role requires collaborative working within Cefas and with external partners and will require occasional travel within the UK and overseas.

Application Deadline: Friday 17th January 2020

For more information and how to apply, visit the Cefas website.

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