Science careers

British Antarctic Survey employs over 200 people across many scientific disciplines, including:

  • Chemistry
  • Physical Sciences
  • Biological Sciences (including ecology and evolutionary biology)
  • Earth Science (including atmospheric science, geology, geophysics, glaciology and oceanography)
  • Environment & Information

Researchers come from a range of different disciplines including Research Scientists and Assistants, Technicians and Analysts.

Watch marine biologist Dr Iain Staniland talk about his work

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View our staff profiles or read about our teams to get an impression of some of the work, the working environment and the Antarctic conditions (in every sense).

A unique and remarkable opportunity

People who go to Antarctica are often amazed by what they see and do; the experience is in itself a primary motivation. There is the sense that British Antarctic Survey (BAS) is making a difference to understand key global environmental issues. Many cite the opportunity to work with a diverse range of people. There’s also the experience of being part of a unique organisation with a unique set of challenges. Working for BAS can provide  extraordinary opportunities for you to apply your specialist skills, knowledge and expertise. Enthusiasm for polar science and operations is evident in all areas of BAS.

Research Fellowship opportunities

There are many ways to develop a science career with British Antarctic Survey.  For example research fellowships provides opportunities for outstanding early-career and experienced researchers to develop scientific leadership, diversify individual experience and produce research of international importance. Find out more here.

Working for BAS what that means for you

Whether you work at a research station, on ships, on aircraft or in Cambridge, BAS will support you to do your best. As an employee working in a public sector research organisation you have a responsibility not only to demonstrate excellence in what you do, but also to
be accountable to Government and the taxpayer. In return for your contribution you can expect to enjoy respect at work, numerous employee benefits, and to be part of a vibrant, internationally-recognised community.

PhD Research Studentship Opportunities

There are currently over 100 PhD students associated with our organisation and nearly half of these work full time at our offices and labs in Cambridge. Students have full access to our state of the art research facilities and some have the opportunity to carry out research in the polar regions. We strongly encourage the pursuit of interdisciplinary projects, and there is the opportunity to work with teams at the forefront of global change and exploration science in both polar regions.