Aerosol-Cloud Modeller

Job reference:
BAS 21/90
Contract type:
Fixed-Term Appointment (2.5 Years)
£31,931 to £39,915 per annum
We offer generous benefits
British Antarctic Survey
Closing date:
25 July, 2021 11:59 pm



The British Antarctic Survey is looking for an Aerosol-cloud modeller.

Who we are

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 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.


To complete the UKRI-BAS work required for Work Packages 4 and 5 for the EU Horizon
2020 funded research project Polar Regions in the Earth System: Role of local-regional scale
processes in the changing polar and global climate systems (PolarRES).

The focus of this work is to investigate the potential of open water within the sea ice zone (polynyas, leads) to alter aerosol-cloud interactions, and the resulting impacts of this on the
surface energy budget and hydrological cycle. This will be achieved using a novel setup of MetUM atmospheric model at kilometre scale resolution, coupled to the UK Chemistry and
Aerosol module (UKCA), referred to as UKCA-1km. The focus of this work is on both the Antarctic and Arctic.

The person in this position will be responsible by the end of their contract to produce a Key Deliverable for PolarRES project, which is a ‘Report on improved understanding of aerosol-cloud interactions over polynyas’


  • Investigate the potential of small-scale areas of open water in both the Arctic and Antarctic to alter aerosol-cloud interactions by using UKCA-1km model to simulate aerosol number concentrations and subsequently activated cloud droplet number concentrations over
    polynyas for several 10-day period case studies.
  • Develop an optimised estimate of cloud droplet number concentration for both polynya and non-polynya conditions that can be used as input for the RCMs used by other groups in PolarRES also working on this task.
  • Interact/link with the other tasks taking place in WPs 4 and 5, such as on ‘Atmospheric boundary layer over ice’ and ‘Sea-ice albedo and surface energy budget’.
  • Attend and contribute to project meetings.
  • Lead the writing of papers.
  • Lead completion of the Key Deliverable ‘Report on improved understanding of aerosol-cloud interactions over polynyas’, and make sure that it meets the acceptance criteria of the funders.

Please quote reference for any queries: BAS 21/90

Publication date: 29 June 2021
Closing date for receipt of application forms is: 25 July 2021
Interviews are scheduled to be held on: 12 August 2021

At BAS, our vision is to be a world-leading centre for polar science and operations. Making our vision a reality depends on the excellence and diversity of our staff. We are committed to creating a workplace where all our staff can flourish and succeed. BAS is a Disability Confident employer, we are proud to hold a bronze Athena Swan award and we are a member of enei, the Employers Network for Equality & Inclusion.

We appreciate the importance of achieving work-life balance and support this with a number of family and carer-friendly policies. Plus a flexible working policy for those who may wish to amend their working pattern or arrangement.

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

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills. Fluent in written and spoken English language - Essential
  • Track record of publishing in quality peer-reviewed literature - Desirable [3]

Computer / IT skills

  • Experience in using Linux/Unix environments for data analysis - Essential

Decision Making

  • Ability to show initiative and to tackle problems independently - Essential

Interpersonal skills

  • Able to work as part of a team, but must also be able to work independently - Essential
  • Ability to work collaboratively with researchers at other institutions, particularly internationally - Desirable [3]

Managerial ability

  • Able to manage self and resources to meet agreed objectives and deadlines. - Essential

Numerical ability

  • Excellent numerical skills - Essential


  • PhD in atmospheric sciences or equivalent - Essential

Skills / Experience

  • Experience using atmospheric models - Essential
  • Experience using chemistry-climate model - Essential
  • Strong understanding of aerosol-cloud interaction. - Essential
  • Strong understanding of polar climate/meteorology - Essential
  • Experience with the regional configuration of the MetUM model - Desirable [3]
  • Experience with the UKCA model - Desirable [3]

In order to apply, please complete and upload all the application forms listed below. If you experience any issues in uploading your Application Form, please email us your complete application, making reference to the job reference and title.

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The British Antarctic Survey will not share the information you provide with any third parties, and the information will be held securely by the British Antarctic Survey whether the information is in electronic or physical format. Please note that the Equal Opportunities Monitoring Questionnaire will be detached from your application prior to the short-listing of candidates for interview.

Unsuccessful applications will be securely destroyed 6 months after the end of the recruitment process (or 1 year after the end of the recruitment process in the case of Marine Staff and AEP. The applications of successful applicants will be retained as part of their personnel file.

Further information can be found in the information notice of NERC, our parent body.