Senior Marine Biology and Protected Areas Analyst

Taunton, Somerset
09 Feb 2018
09 Mar 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

•             Are you passionate about the Marine Environment?

•             Do you want to apply your science expertise to meet real-world customer needs?

If so we’d like to hear from you.

The United Kingdom Hydrographic Office is a Ministry of Defence trading fund based in Taunton, Somerset and employs c850 personnel across a range of specialist and technical roles, including many experienced mariners and Royal Navy personnel.

We principally supply defence and the commercial shipping industry with hydrographic and geospatial data, in order to ensure Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS); protect the marine environment and support the efficiency of global trade.  We strive to set and raise global standards of hydrography, cartography, and navigation.

The Ocean Environment Team sit within the Scientific Analysis Group: a team of Scientists who provide support to commercial shipping, the Royal Navy and other defence customers by ensuring that marine data relating to worldwide and UK coastal waters is accurate and up to date, and by providing hydrographic expertise and a range of specialist consultancy services.  The team creates a diverse range of specialist products for our customers, including Total Tide and tide tables, ocean routing charts and Marine Protected Areas.

A key objective of the Scientific Analysis Group is to collect and manage the widest possible range of appropriately assured data, which is tagged, assessed and ready to use in order to support the UKHO’s vision of becoming a ‘world-leading Marine Geospatial Information Agency and Hydrographic Office.

The Ocean Environment Team is specifically responsible for managing a diverse range of marine environmental data (e.g. tidal, marine biological, oceanographic, geological, acoustic and ocean climatological) and the role of the Senior Marine Biology and Protected Areas Analyst is to provide the expertise to identify and analyse relevant marine biological and marine protected area data sources and use these to provide an assessment of the environment likely to be encountered by our customers.

The UKHO Operations environment is constantly evolving to meet current customer demands and the future needs of the maritime and defence community so a positive and proactive approach to change is key. Your role will enable you to harness developments in data handling tools and technologies to continually improve marine environmental products for our customers.

So, is this the role for you?  If you are interested in working in the marine environment sector, undertaking data modelling and analysis, and have a zest for innovation and an interest in applying science to meet customer needs, we would love to hear from you.

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The closing date for applications is 26th February 2018.