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British Antarctic Survey is looking for a Zooplankton Acoustician to join our Ecosystems team.
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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
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The post-holder will have the key role of contributing acoustic analyses of krill distribution to the CCAMLR Risk Assessment strategy in development by BAS. This feeds directly into BAS Ecosystems science that informs CCAMLR and the UK-FCO for management of the Antarctic marine ecosystem. They will analyse data from the South Orkneys and South Georgia feeding into krill distribution risk layers. They will work collaboratively with other members of the Ecosystem group
PhD (or equivalent) in fisheries acoustics or numerate environmental or oceanographic science area
- Process and analyse acoustic data to derive krill density
- Model the distribution of krill density related to environmental parameters
- Write up analysis for peer-review and CCAMLR working groups
- Contribute and collaborate with other project members to deliver a risk assessment management strategy for the South Orkneys and South Georgia
Skills are listed as either Essential or Desirable. Desirable skills importance rating in parenthesis (1 is high, 5 is low)
- Fluent in written and spoken English language – Essential
- Proven ability through record of publication and conference presentation – Desirable 
Computer / IT skills
- MS office/equivalent – Essential
- Demonstrable competence with Matlab, Python, R, or similar – Essential
- Ability to tackle problems independently – Essential
- Ability to work as part of a team – Essential
- Experience of handling large datasets – Essential
- Strong numerical skills – Essential
- Experience of oceanographic datasets – Desirable 
- Experience of generalised additive models – Desirable 
- Due to the short term contract an understanding of the BAS Ecosystems science that informs CCAMLR and the FCO for management of the Antarctic marine ecosystem would be an advantage. – Desirable 
- PhD (or equivalent) in fisheries acoustics or numerate environmental or oceanographic science area – Essential
Skills / Experience
- Background in interdisciplinary oceanography or fisheries acoustics or numerate environmental/marine science – Essential
- Familiarity with high frequency zooplankton acoustics – Desirable