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Industry job opportunity with Cefas (UK)

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30 May, 2024

Industry job | Senior Acoustician | Lowestoft

The Centre for Environment, Fisheries, and Aquaculture Science (Cefas), an Executive Agency of Defra (the UK Government’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs), is currently advertising for a Senior Acoustician in Lowestoft (United Kingdom).

This is an exciting opportunity for a senior scientist to lead on fisheries acoustic monitoring and research and development as part of a range of Government, research council and internationally funded projects including the Blue Belt Programme and Fisheries Stock Monitoring Charter and Research Vessel surveys.

The successful applicant, will contribute to Cefas’ acoustic capability by developing, maintaining, and managing a dynamic acoustic science area that contributes to a growing number of (meso) pelagic fisheries studies, including ecosystem surveys and monitoring impacts of windfarms.

Responsibilities include the design and delivery of monitoring initiatives which collect acoustic data on a range of platforms, from the state-of-the-art Research Vessel Cefas Endeavour, recently upgraded to a broadband system, to uncrewed surface vehicles and fixed platforms.

You will have knowledge and technical understanding of fisheries acoustic data collection, calibration, processing and post-processing, experience of working at sea, on both commercial and research vessels. You will lead on the delivery of Cefas projects and develop and promote the application of fisheries acoustic technologies to monitor fish and ecosystems.

You will be expected to work with national and international scientific and management organisations making a real impact to marine environmental management and policy.

Person specification

The following are essential for the role.

  • Seagoing experience on fisheries acoustic surveys, including in leadership position
  • Calibrate echosounders on vessels and/or other platforms
  • Processing of acoustic signal with echo integration software (e.g. Echoview)
  • Post-processing acoustic- and biological data to calculate biomass information (e.g. StoX)
  • R software or equivalent (e.g. Python)
  • Spatial analysis (e.g. QGIS, ArcGis)
  • Statistics (e.g. time series analysis, machine learning)
  • Author peer-review articles and reports
  • Working on research and commercial fishing vessels

The role involves a range of fieldwork, including working offshore, and you will therefore need an excellent understanding of health and safety on research and commercial vessels as well as a detailed knowledge of fishing operations.


PhD in fisheries acoustics, fisheries ecology, physics or equivalent.

Further details

For further details including the position description and application process, please visit here.

Applications close

Monday 1 July 2024.

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