The British Antarctic Survey is looking for a Marine Ecologist – Biogeochemical to join the Ecosystems team.

Job reference: BAS 20/88
Contract type: Fixed-Term
Duration: 2 years
Salary: Starting salary from £31,305 per annum
Benefits: We offer generous benefits
Team: Ecosystems team
Location: Cambridge
Closing date: 29 November, 2020 11:59 pm

Who are we?
British Antarctic Survey (BAS) delivers and enables world-leading interdisciplinary research in the Polar Regions. Its skilled science and support staff based in Cambridge, Antarctica and the Arctic, work together to deliver research that uses the Polar Regions to advance our understanding of Earth as a sustainable planet. Through its extensive logistic capability and know how BAS facilitates access for the British and international science community to the UK polar research operation. Numerous national and international collaborations, combined with an excellent infrastructure help sustain a world leading position for the UK in Antarctic affairs. British Antarctic Survey is a component of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). NERC is part of UK Research and Innovation www.ukri.org

We employ experts from many different professions to carry out our Science as well as to keep the lights on, feed the research and support teams and keep everyone safe! If you are looking for an opportunity to work with amazing people in amazing places then British Antarctic Survey could be for you. We aim to attract the best people for those jobs.


The post-holder will have be carrying out work in biological oceanography and biogeochemistry to support several ongoing programmes of work. The SCOOBIES programme is making a long-term assessment of major biogeochemical parameters in the northern Scotia Sea, which is a globally significant region of atmospheric carbon drawdown and sequestration, as well as a region in which ocean acidificationis advancing rapidly. The postholder will undertake fieldwork to ensure the continuation of these measurements as well as laboratory analyses to quantify key parameters. They will also be supporting the PICCOLO project, especially on the collection and analysis of plankton samples. The post-holder will be expected to write reports on their field expeditions and analyses and, where appropriate, to lodge these with the appropriate data depository (e.g. Polar Data Centre, GBIF. Where appropriate, they will also be encouraged to write manuscripts based on their analyses.


PhD (or equivalent) in biogeochemistry or numerate environmental or oceanographic science area


The post-holder will have the following roles:

  • Determine the abundance and diversity of zooplankton at the SCOOBIES sites
    and PICCOLO sampling stations
  • Analysis of physical environmental variables (e.g. Temperature, Salinity, Mixed
    layer depth) at sampling sites
  • Determination of biogeochemical variables, specifically POC, PIC, TA, pCO2
    and Chl-a at SCOOBIES sites and POC and PIC at PICCOLO sites
  • Participate in fieldwork as required to address team goals, and including: packing and cruise preparation, including mooring systems; writing cruise reports
  • Recover and prepare moored environmental sampling devices (sediment trap,
    water column sampler, other water chemistry samplers, as appropriate)
  • Lodge quality controlled datasets with Polar Data Centre
  • Write-up cruise reports and lead and/or assist in the writing of peer-reviewed manuscripts.

Skills Specification

Skills are listed as either Essential or Desirable. Desirable skills importance rating in parenthesis (1 is high, 5 is low)

Communication skills – a) oral skills b) written skills

  • Fluent in written and spoken English language – Essential
  • Proven ability through record of publication and conference presentation – Desirable [1]

Computer / IT skills

  • MS office/equivalent – Essential
  • Demonstrable competence with Matlab, Python, R, or similar – Essential

Decision Making

  • Ability to tackle problems independently – Essential

Interpersonal skills

  • Ability to work as part of a team – Essential

Numerical ability

  • Experience of handling large datasets – Essential
  • Strong numerical skills – Essential
  • Experience of oceanographic datasets – Desirable [2]
  • Experience of multivariate statistical analyses and/or plankton models – Desirable [2]


  • PhD (or equivalent) in biogeochemistry or numerate environmental or oceanographic science area – Essential

Skills / Experience

  • Background in interdisciplinary oceanography or biogeochemistry or numerate environmental/marine science – Essential
  • Familiarity with analyses of zooplankton-biogeochemical process interactions – Desirable [1]

How to Apply

Please download the application forms and apply online or by mail.

Please quote reference: BAS 20/88
Closing date for receipt of application forms is: 29 November 2020
Interviews are scheduled to be held: 15 December 2020

BAS is an Equal Opportunity employer. As part of our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion and promoting equality in careers in science, we hold an Athena SWAN Bronze Award and have an active Equality, Diversity and Inclusion programme of activity. We welcome applications from all sections of the community. People from ethnic minorities and disabled people are currently under-represented and their applications are particularly welcome. We operate a guaranteed interview scheme for disabled candidates who meet the minimum criteria for the job. We are open to a range of flexible working options, including job sharing, to support childcare and other caring responsibilities.