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Wessex House, 40 Station Road, Westbury, Wiltshire, BA13 3JN, Wiltshire     Start Date: 22 Nov 2023 - Full Time     £26,000 to £27,500

Job Description


Key Functions and Responsibilities
As Scientific Support Officer, you will be an integral part of a small team working closely with OATA’s Scientific and Technical Adviser and will undertake a wide variety of work, including to:
• Provide scientific support to the Scientific and Technical Adviser on matters related to fish-keeping, welfare, sustainability, biodiversity, biosecurity, invasive species, animal and plant health, conservation, relevant legislation and other matters affecting the ornamental aquatics industry.
• Support the Scientific and Technical Adviser in evaluating complex and extensive scientific, technical and legal information, and to assist in producing comprehensive literature reviews and summary briefings for specialist and non-specialist audiences and responses to external consultations.
• Analyse and manage complex data sets relating to matters of interest to the industry and to support input to the development of OATA policy.
• Identify knowledge gaps to aid in the production and updating of existing industry standards and guidance to promote good welfare, biosecurity and sustainability as appropriate,
• Act as an assessor on OATA’s City and Guilds accredited training programs (training will be provided) and assist the Scientific and Technical adviser on continual updating of the training materials and assessment.
• Respond to members’ enquiries relating to scientific and technical issues.
• As necessary, represent OATA at meetings, conferences and trade shows and deliver presentations as required, including some opportunities for international travel.
• Contribute towards effective and pro-active horizon scanning activities.
• Assist the OATA team on projects and activities as required.

Essential skills
• Degree in a relevant subject, such as biology, zoology, marine biology, fish and aquatics management, chemistry/biochemistry, animal management/science, conservation science etc.
• Demonstrable knowledge of fish biology, fish-keeping and fish husbandry (preferably relating to ornamental aquatics).
• Excellent written and verbal communication and presentation skills.
• Ability to present scientific and technical information to specialist and non-specialist audiences in a range of formats.
• Knowledge of data/statistical analysis and handling.
• Excellent time management skills and the ability to work independently and proactively with minimal or no supervision.
• Ability to adapt quickly to rapidly changing priorities and deal with a wide subject portfolio.
• Ability to deliver projects on time to strict deadlines.
• Good working knowledge of Microsoft Office programmes e.g. Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint etc.
• Some experience of coding in R or similar.

Desirable skills
• Postgraduate qualification (e.g. Masters) in a relevant subject, such as biology, zoology, marine biology, fish and aquatics management, chemistry/biochemistry, animal management/science, conservation science etc.
• Previous experience of, or a good working knowledge of, the ornamental aquatics industry, pet industry, relevant trade associations, industry bodies and/or government.
• Working knowledge of issues and legislation relevant to the ornamental aquatic industry.
• Proficient in the use of R or other coding language for data manipulation and analysis.

How to Apply


To apply please send:
• Your CV (including references);
• A covering letter (1 page maximum); and
• A 1 page paper (A4, font Arial 11) identifying the key challenges for sustainable sourcing currently facing the ornamental aquatic industry and the risks and benefits of potential solutions (a reference list can be included on a separate page).

Applications should be submitted to Dominic Whitmee (Chief Executive) at info@ornamentalfish.org

Further information is available in the first instance from Dr Matthew Bond on 07908169353 or at matthew@ornamentalfish.org

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