As part of the Ministry of Defence trading fund, at the UK Hydrographic Office, we produce nautical publications and services for the Royal Navy and merchant shipping, to protect lives at sea. Maintaining our leading position supporting the global mission of our national security forces, we employ around 1000 people based in Taunton, Somerset, with a vision to be the world’s best provider of hydrographic data services. It takes brilliant people to achieve our vision. And that’s where you come in.
Joining the Defence Situational Awareness Marine Environment team, you'll identify and analyse a range of data sources to provide expert assessments of the marine biological environment for Navy operations. Helping to minimise potentially adverse environment impacts, you'll develop a network of contacts throughout the scientific community to access the best and most current scientific understanding. From planning and research to data analysis and report writing, you'll always be looking for ways to improve the quality and usefulness of our insights. It will be down to you to keep abreast of new developments in data analysis tools and techniques, as well as the availability of marine biological datasets.
You'll join us with in-depth knowledge and understanding of the marine biological environment, and will probably hold a relevant postgraduate qualification. Practical experience of digital data analysis and databasing techniques applied to marine biological data is essential. Aware of current issues and legislation relating to the conservation of the marine environment, you'll have a good understanding of remote sensing principles, as well as image analysis and interpretation. This should include knowledge of GIS software packages such as ArcGIS. An excellent communicator, used to sharing research in meetings, conferences and presentations, you'll be able to draw on a range of data presentation and data visualisation techniques.
In return we offer opportunities for ongoing learning and career development and a generous benefits package including Civil Service pension, onsite gym, onsite crèche, free car parking, flexitime, childcare vouchers and a subsidised canteen.
This is an MOD reserved post and therefore applications will only be accepted from UK Nationals. (Those with dual nationality are ineligible to apply.) Successful applicants will require NSV security clearance and will therefore need to have resided in the UK for a minimum of five years.
Closing date: 2 February 2015.