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Scientific Officer Agri-Environmental Research

Location Belfast, County Antrim
Job Type Temporary
Salary Negotiable
Published 9 months ago
Start Date ASAP
Contact Laura Nixon
Job Ref HSO09_1504884346

Job Description

Our client, a large Public Sector organisation, are currently seeking a Higher Scientific Officer in Agri-Environmental Research who is available immediately.

Role: Higher Scientific Officer

Location: South Belfast

Hours of work: Mon-Fri 9am-5pm

Duration: 7 months


  • The post holder will model farm nutrient loadings using existing commercial/research software. This will include collection and processing farm survey data for input to the models and assisting with the validation and assessment of outputs.

  • They will assist with water quality monitoring at multiple sites across NI for a range of parameters. This will require practical expertise in the set-up, servicing and maintenance of monitoring equipment.

  • They will be expected to initiate data analysis, collect field data for validation, interpret outputs, and contribute to the preparation of reports and papers across a number of ongoing projects.

  • They will contribute to research that is driven by the policy requirements of the Dept and other Departments.

  • The post-holder will have excellent communication skills and will need to build and maintain partnerships, collaborations and relationships with relevant stakeholders

Essential Criteria:

  • A postgraduate degree in environmental science, physical geography or a related academic field.
  • Scientific knowledge of water quality issues (particularly freshwater) in agricultural landscapes and approaches to measuring and modelling such systems. Practical experience in field-based water quality research and monitoring would be advantageous.
  • Advanced skills in data processing and analysis including experience of GIS and geospatial analyses. Experience of modelling using Excel, R or equivalents.
  • Experience of managing research projects, and/or staff and facilities.
  • Proven ability to contribute to the planning and implementation of scientific experiments in a natural science related discipline.
  • Applicants should have a strong track record of working in multidisciplinary teams addressing natural resource management issues
  • Experience in contributing to the writing reports/scientific publications and delivering oral scientific presentations (Candidates must provide evidence of this by submitting a fully cited bibliography of all refereed and non-refereed publications).
  • Have access to a form of transport to meet the requirements of the post in full

Please note that successful candidate's will be required to complete a Basic Access NI Clearance at the cost of £26.00. A person's criminal record will not, in itself, debar that person from being appointed to this post. Any information given will be treated in the strictest confidence.

To be shortlisted for this role all applicants MUST meet the essential criteria. If you are interested please upload your CV to the link provided, Laura Nixon will be in touch to confirm if you have been shortlisted.

The deadline for applications will be Monday 11th Sept at 12pm

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