Research Scientist - Climate Change Adaptation - 14282

South West
Horizon House
Staff Grade 5
£35,577 (pro-rata)
We are looking for an innovative climate change researcher to help develop the evidence the Environment Agency needs to adapt to climate change. You will be joining a team of scientists that leads research on climate change impacts and adaptation for all the Environment Agency’s activities. In this role you will be working to develop innovative approaches for how we make use of climate change evidence, providing scientific advice and analysis on climate change adaptation. The purpose of this role is to provide the highly specialised scientific expertise and technical skills to develop, interpret and make use of climate change evidence that are needed to support our work in preparing for climate change. This will include:

• Providing scientific analysis and interpretation to support adaptation by the Environment Agency and others
• Undertaking and managing research to meet current and future needs for climate change science in a technical area across our remit.
• Developing innovative approaches to how we use climate change evidence to support adaptation decision making.
The Climate Change and Resource Efficiency Research team provides expert scientific advice and analysis. The team of nine has leading expertise in climate change impacts and adaptation. With strong links to academia and within the Defra family, we use and commission scientific research to improve the way the Environment Agency tackles the difficult challenge of climate change.
You will have research experience in climate change impacts in environmental applications linked to freshwater science and be experienced in providing scientific advice to non-specialists. You will have a relevant degree (environment science, engineering, geography) and likely to have a PhD or similar experience of using climate change information in a research context and providing adaptation advice. Whether you developed your expertise through academic research or as a practitioner you will have an excellent understanding of climate change science, will be highly numerate, have demonstrable skills in data analysis (experience in R or Python would be advantageous) and be able to interpret scientific results. A good communicator, you will be comfortable providing scientific advice to non-specialists.
The successful candidate will be based at Horizon House in Bristol, other Environment Agency offices may be considered for the right candidate. However, the work will require frequent travel to other Environment Agency locations.

We are fully committed to having an inclusive workforce to reflect the communities we serve. We welcome applications from candidates seeking flexible working patterns, including job share. Please highlight any information regarding preferred flexible working arrangements on your application.

For further details please contact Stuart Allen on Tel: 07887 756579 or by email:

18/03/2020, 23:55 hours

Basic Check
Scientific Knowledge
Please tell us about a time that you used climate change evidence to support someone make a decision on climate change adaptation? What evidence did you use and what steps were needed to meet their requirements?
Communicates Effectively
We work with diverse groups of stakeholders both internally and externally. Please provide an example where you have explained a complex scientific problem to a wide audience. How did you approach the task and what were the challenges?
Achieves Results
Please tell us about a time that you have developed and implemented an improvement to the way your team or organisation works? Why was this required and what did you learn?
If you are applying from the Civil Service please note that the Environment Agency is not a part of HM Civil Service and you would not be a Crown Servant in the event of being appointed. Therefore, you will not be eligible for continuous service. For applicants who currently work in local government or other bodies listed in the Redundancy Payments (Continuity of Employment in Local Government etc) (Modification) Order 1999, you may be eligible for continuous service for the purpose of calculating any future redundancy payment. If you are unsure of your status then you should contact your own HR Team.

We are fully committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce to reflect the communities we serve. We welcome flexible working patterns for all our vacancies, including job share, so please include clearly any information regarding your preferred working arrangements on your application.

We also have a Guaranteed Interview Policy to support those with a disability who are seeking employment. We have committed to guaranteeing an interview to anyone with a disability whose application meets the minimum criteria for the post.

The Environment Agency, as a Non-Departmental Public Body, is committed to providing value for money and utilises Central Government frameworks and contracts for all external recruitment needs. For this reason, we are unable to engage with the market directly through post, email or phone calls . Should you wish to become a support supplier on one of these frameworks or contracts please visit for more information.

This Vacancy is closed to applications.