Job Vacancy - British Antarctic Survey - Physicist/Geophysist - Sea Ice Physics

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Job Vacancy - British Antarctic Survey - Physicist/Geophysist - Sea Ice Physics

Davis, Karen



Physicist / Geophysicist – Sea Ice Physics


The British Antarctic Survey (BAS), part of the Natural Environment Research Council, aims to undertake a world-class programme of scientific research, and to sustain for the UK an active and influential regional presence and a leadership role in Antarctic affairs. 


Background: ICEBell is a UK NERC-funded programme partnering researchers at BAS and the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) to investigate sea ice thickness and snow depth distribution and processes in the Bellingshausen Sea, Antarctica. This includes AUV multibeam sonar surveys of the ice underside during a 30-day dedicated cruise aboard the RRS James Clark Ross, and contemporaneous airborne lidar surveys of the ice surface. This project involves a variety of national and international partners including researchers at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, Danish Technical University, University of Manitoba and University of Texas San Antonio.

We seek a postdoctoral researcher to characterise the three-dimensional snow and ice thickness distribution and assist in the development of algorithms for sea ice thickness retrieval from satellite altimeters. Ideally, you will have experience in sea ice geophysics and analysing large spatial datasets. Experience in analysis of lidar and/or multibeam sonar data would be an asset. You will work closely with project partners, potentially on a variety of related projects.


Qualifications: PhD or equivalent in Geophysics, Oceanography or closely related field.


Duration: 2-year fixed term


Salary: Salary will be in the range of £26,180 to £29,410 per annum. We offer a generous benefits package including a defined salary pension scheme, free car parking, flexible working hours and 30 days annual leave.


On-line application forms and further information are available on our website at Any questions or informal enquiries may be directed to Ted Maksym at [hidden email] or (01223) 221661.


These are also available from the Human Resources Section, British Antarctic Survey, High Cross, Madingley Road, Cambridge, CB3 0ET.  Tel: (01223) 221508.  


Please quote reference: BAS 40/10

Closing date for receipt of application forms is 6th March 2011

Interviews are scheduled to be held on 22nd March 2011.



We welcome applications from all sections of the community.  People from ethnic minorities are currently under-represented and their applications are particularly welcome. 


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