Ocean Career: Marine Litter Scientist at Cefas

Cefas is a world leader in marine science and technology. Our teams are experts in a broad range of areas, including environmental science, fisheries and the study of marine ecosystems. Our scientists and technologists are at the forefront of the latest research and understanding in their fields, and our support staff are experienced and dedicated.

The purpose of the Marine Litter Scientist is to support the delivery of projects relating to national and international marine litter assessment and monitoring, including provision of advice and recommendations for approaches to mitigate against inputs of litter and microplastics into the marine environment along with their potential impacts.

Job description

  • Take responsibility for the delivery of areas of marine litter and microplastics projects, including production of reports.
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of effective marine litter assessment and monitoring marine litter and microplastics (nationally and internationally).
  • Specific knowledge on indicator development, speciality in seafloor or floating marine litter or experience in biota and litter (turtles, seabirds, fish etc).
  • Explore new monitoring techniques, improve methodology and data collection, define approaches specific to scenarios such as to develop threshold values and targets and determine litter sources.
  • Take responsibility for outreach and knowledge transfer across the scientific community and via stakeholder consultations and workshops. Be able to tell engaging, informative and accurate stories of science (presenting, creating communication materials, reporting, paper writing).
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of best practice in relation to data collation and harmonisation.
  • Become part of an enthusiastic team, helping to develop and deliver projects in this work area.


We are looking for someone with several years’ experience working in marine litter science to join the marine litter team and further develop their expertise. Ideally you will have a degree, however, significant experience in a relevant role will also be considered.

It is essential that you can demonstrate the following:

  • Knowledge of marine litter science through monitoring, and research and development to provide evidence to inform policy.
  • Experience working at national/ International level on marine litter or microplastic monitoring, research and development or assessments. Including fieldwork and analysis.
  • Knowledge of national and international coordination of litter actions and best practice frameworks (e.g., OSPAR and regional seas action plans, SDGs etc.).
  • Have existing networks relating to marine litter (through academia, policy mechanisms, industry groups etc.).
  • Report writing, presenting, critical thinking and decision making, team working, fieldwork experience and ability to deliver at pace.
  • Ability and availability to travel.


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

  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Changing and Improving
  • Delivering at Pace
  • Technical skills

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

  • Policy or Technical report writing

Nationality requirements

This job is broadly open to the following groups:

  • UK nationals
  • nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
  • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  • nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with settled or pre-settled status or who apply for either status by the deadline of the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service
  • certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals

Salary: £29,267 - £32,766
Location: Lowestoft. The ability to work from home will be available for part of the working week as part of our flexible working policy. COVID-19 regulations are applicable at the moment.

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