Senior Social Researchers – Marine and Fisheries

York, Bristol and London
£35,188 – £37,987
07 Feb 2019
25 Mar 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

This is 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 marine and fisheries policy as well as public services. And, as part of a Department key to delivering a successful EU exit, much of your work will almost-immediately influence millions of lives.

The role

In essence, you’ll support our Marine and Fisheries Directorate. The team of around 20 has experience in education, economics and geography. So while an interest in the area is essential, you don’t need to be a fisheries expert.

Broadly speaking, the Directorate is responsible for our seas’ cleanliness, health, safety, productivity and biologically diversity. It’s something the EU exit gives us an opportunity to significantly improve, so you’ll lead a portfolio of work that goes beyond fishing to span everything from public perceptions of the marine environment, to the use and value of seas for well-being, tourism and living.

Your background

It’s important you have a 2:1 degree that focused on operational research, mathematics, physics, econometrics, engineering or management sciences (or a 2:2 with relevant experience or postgraduate study).

A natural analyst, you’ll also have a thorough understanding of the latest methods and techniques. Used to leading significant research projects – from initial specifications through to interpretation of results – we’ll also expect you to bring strategic flair, commercial acumen and the gravitas to influence people of all levels.

Social Research in Defra

Our Researchers provide insight on policies’ context and impact that drive decisions. You’ll frame the challenge, identify ‘what works’, develop solutions and measure their impact. Though the EU exit features prominently, our close-knit community works across all our activities, from air quality and the future of farming to marine pollution.

Everyone here 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 posts)

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