Scientist, Statistician or Social or Operational Researcher – Floods and Water

York, Bristol and London
£29,604 – £37,916
07 Feb 2019
25 Mar 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

This is science, statistics and research with national influence. Defra is creating a great place for living for people in this country. Here, you can improve the countryside and rural economy, enhance food and farming, and protect against natural threats and hazards. You’ll inform policy as well as public services. And, as part of a Department key to delivering a successful EU exit, much of the work will almost-immediately affect millions.

The role

In essence, you’ll support our Floods and Water research team. Whether your experience is in science, statistics or social or operational research – project management expertise will be vital. That’s because you’ll help run a key, £1.3m policy research programme and our 25 Year Environment Plan for flood and water management.

You’ll build strong relationships with policymakers, advising on research needs before finding solutions internally or by commissioning external partners. Depending on your skills, there’ll also be opportunities to join other Floods and Water projects, for example our work on abstraction and flood statistics or future water utility industry costs.

Your background

You don’t need to be an expert in water management; but it’s important you’ve a 2:2 in a relevant scientific subject.

A natural analyst, you’ll also have a good understanding of the latest methods and techniques. Aware of the implications at each stage of a research project – from initial specifications through to interpretation of results – we’ll also expect you to bring strategic flair, clear-minded organisation and the confidence to collaborate with people of all levels.

Science in Defra

It’s an exciting time to join us, not least because of the importance of a successful EU exit. There are around thousands of subject experts here to learn from. They often work across disciplines to bring new thinking to our approaches, and tackle issues ranging from air quality to animal diseases. Together, their knowledge and specialist skills underpin key policy and operational decisions.

Everyone here also enjoys a choice of pensions and the potential to work flexibly. But the real draw should be the professional opportunity to influence our approach to the environment during this period of great change.


(initial two-year post)