Job reference: BAS 20/85
Contract type: Full Time
Duration: Fixed-Term Appointment (14 Months)
Salary: Starting from £31,305 per annum.
Benefits: We offer generous benefits
Team: Ecosystems team
Location: Cambridge
Closing date: 18 October, 2020 11:59 pm

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, please note there may be delays to our recruitment timeline.


British Antarctic Survey is looking for a Zooplankton Acoustician to join our Ecosystems team.

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 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 Specification

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

Communication 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 generalised additive models – Desirable [2]

Other Factors

  • 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 [2]


  • 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 [1]

How to Apply

You can apply for this job online or you can print off the application forms, fill them out by hand and mail them. Read the full application details here.


Please quote reference: BAS 20/85
Closing date for receipt of application forms is: 18 October 2020
Interviews are scheduled to be held: 3 November 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.