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Current Vacancies

Employment opportunities within the IWC Secretariat

Lead for Modelling and Statistics

The International Whaling Commission is recruiting a full-time Lead for Modelling and Statistics. The IWC is an international organisation with 88 member countries and a renowned Scientific Committee that attracts many of the world’s leading cetacean scientists to its annual meetings.  Charged with the conservation of whale stocks and management of whaling, the work programme of the organisation has evolved in response to the changing threats to whales.  It currently includes initiatives to mitigate bycatch and entanglement, and better understand the impacts of ship strikes and habitat degradation. Another key responsibility is regulation of aboriginal subsistence whaling, ensuring indigenous hunts balance sustainability with cultural and nutritional needs.  The foundations of all the IWC’s work are longstanding scientific programmes to assess abundance, stock structures and status.

Working within the IWC Secretariat this position will oversee the programming and implementation of cetacean population models and the management of related data. An important part of the role is to evaluate the sustainability of aboriginal harvest quotas through computer simulations and involves close collaboration with members of the Scientific Committee and other Commission stakeholders. The post holder will also have line management responsibility for three statistical officers.

We are looking for candidates with substantial programming and analytical experience, skilled in leadership and management, and confident in building effective working relationships with a wide range of stakeholders. The ideal candidate will have good communication skills, including the ability to explain technical material to a non-scientific audience.

Overseas applications are welcomed, noting that the successful applicant will need to be based in Cambridge, UK.

Applications can be made by sending a CV and covering letter setting out how you meet the requirements in the person specification to Julie Creek by 00:00 GMT on Sunday 1st August 2021.

Equal opportunities statement

We are an equal opportunities employer and we welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their sex; religious or similar philosophical belief; political opinion; race; age; sexual orientation; or, whether they are married or are in a civil partnership; or, whether they are disabled; or whether they have undergone, are undergoing or intend to undergo gender reassignment