Coastal Specialist

Do you have a background or interest in coastal modelling?
Are you looking for your next opportunity and interested in working for an innovative and exciting company?
We are looking for a motivated and committed individual to join our Marine and Coastal Risk Management group (MCRM) in our Skipton office.

The role will focus on developing and applying process-based numerical models to improve representation of coastal processes and support our growing portfolio of work. We are aiming to fill positions for graduate level roles and more experienced coastal modellers.

Key tasks of this role will include:

  • Application of numerical models to support consultancy and research projects.
  • Analysis of data to solve problems.
  • Analysis and interrogation of model outputs.
  • Production of technical reports.

The successful candidate will be trained in all aspects of coastal modelling, from the derivation of data, data processing, building numerical models and analysis of results to derive technical solutions to solve coastal hazard problems.  They will support senior colleagues through management and delivery of projects to meet client requirements.  Enthusiasm and drive are essential, with the candidate being expected to contribute to the wider objectives of the MCRM group.

More experienced candidates will be able to work independently and derive technical solutions to solve a range of coastal engineering problems including both coastal flooding and erosion.  They will support colleagues through development and application of technical methods and problem solving to meet project requirements.  Knowledge sharing and mentoring is key at JBA.  The successful candidate will be expected to work mentor and support less experienced colleagues to develop wider capabilities in MCRM.  Enthusiasm and drive are essential, with the candidate being expected to contribute to the wider objectives of the MCRM group.


The role will be based at our Head Office in Broughton Park, Skipton, BD23 3FD. 

JBA supports agile working which provides for greater flexibility with the way that we work.  We offer a balance of office based and remote working.

Key Information
  • Job Ref: RNO23-22
  • Closing date: 30.11.23
  • Location: Skipton
Downloads: Application Form Equality & diversity form

Qualifications and experience

Candidates should have the following:

A Bachelors, Masters’ or PhD degree (or equivalent) in a relevant subject (e.g. Engineering, Oceanography, Physical Sciences, Mathematics).

An understanding of coastal hydrodynamics and hazards.

An interest in applying numerical models to assess coastal hazards.

Additional desirable skills include:

Experience using GIS products.

Data analysis and code development skills in python, Matlab, or R.

Experience of applying numerical models in a Coastal Engineering setting.

Experience delivering FCERM projects in the UK or internationally.

Experience in statistical and extreme value modelling.

Experience in coastal hazard, sediment transport or contaminant modelling.
The right candidate will be able to demonstrate that they are able to:
Become proficient in the use of industry standard coastal hazard models (e.g. SWAN, TUFLOW, EurOtop, TELEMAC etc.)

Work effectively within a team, with regard to deadlines and budget.

Communicate clearly, both verbal and written.

Be proactive and creative in applying models to predict coastal hazards.

Take responsibility for independent project delivery.

Follow Quality Assurance processes.

Be flexible and open to innovation and the application of new technology.

Further information:
Contact Matt Hird on t: 01756 799919.
Please apply by completing a JBA application form and returning with a current CV to

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