Operational Researchers – Marine and Fisheries

York, Bristol and London
£29,604 – £37,916
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 the work will almost-immediately affect millions.

The role

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

As you might guess, EU exit negotiations are high on the agenda. From the start, you’ll model access and quota arrangements to illustrate the trade-offs between different positions. Models that will ultimately influence national, EU and international policy.

Your background

It’s important to have a 2:1 degree that focuses 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 have a good understanding of the latest methods and techniques. Used to leading small-scale research projects – 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.

Operational 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. We apply innovative approaches, harness Big Data and build complex models to simulate physical or social systems – most recently using systems thinking, MCDA and scheduling techniques.

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.


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