Antarctic Atmospheric Scientist – Cambridge and Antarctica

Job reference:
BAS 53/19a
Contract type:
Full Time
Fixed-Term Appointment (4 Years)
In the range of £30,782 to £33,459 per annum.
We offer generous benefits
Atmosphere, Ice and Climate team
Cambridge with up to 4 months spent in Antarctica per year in the Austral Summer. 
Closing date:
11 June, 2019 11:59 pm


The British Antarctic Survey (BAS) are looking for an Antarctic Atmospheric Scientist to join the Atmosphere, Ice and Climate Team. This new position will be based in Cambridge but with regular duty in the polar regions, principally at Halley VI Research Station.

The time based at Halley will focus on the Atmospheric Science programme for the station, including Meteorology and all aspects of the Atmospheric Chemistry programme. The proportion of time in Cambridge will involve work with both the Meteorology (MOM) and Tropospheric Chemistry (TROPCHEM) teams to analyse/interpret data, contribute to/lead publications, and prepare instrumentation for the following summer season.

We are looking for someone with a degree in a relevant field, or appropriate experience and experience operation atmospheric chemistry instruments. This role will involve regular periods of time in the polar regions so the successful candidate will need to be comfortable with remote working and also have excellent team working skills for living and working in this unique environment.


The main responsibility of the job is to carry out the Atmospheric Science programme for the Station. This includes the Meteorology programme and the all aspects of the Atmospheric Chemistry programme. While in Cambridge the applicant would work with both the Meteorology (MOM) and Tropospheric Chemistry (TROPCHEM) teams to analyse/interpret data, contribute to/lead publications, and prepare instrumentation for the following summer season.


Degree in physics, chemistry, meteorology, environmental science, or similar, appropriate experience.


a) To carry out the meteorological observations and scientific duties described in the Met Station Instructions (MSI) as agreed by the head of Meteorology and Ozone Monitoring (MOM).
b) To carry out a range of atmospheric chemistry measurements/experiments as part of the Tropospheric Chemistry (TROPCHEM) science programme.
c) To work unsupervised at Halley, carrying out both the meteorology and atmospheric chemistry measurements, but in liaison with staff in Cambridge.
d) To organise and carry out the work in a safe and professional way.
e) To report major problems to the head of MOM or TROPCHEM when they arise.
f) To maintain or repair faulty instrumentation when possible/appropriate.
g) To compile monthly and annual reports of the work undertaken.
h) To work with other staff to ensure that the operational and safety standards of the base are maintained.
i) To become a member of the Halley response team and participate in training to include but not limited to: Advanced 1st aid, Search and rescue, Aircraft fire fighting, Breathing apparatus and Major incident response.
j) To undertake general duties as required by the Director.

a) Work up and interpret data, in particular arising from the summer projects, and contribute to/lead scientific publications and other forms of output.
b) Prepare and develop further instrumentation including for summertime science projects.

On-line application forms and further information are available on our website at

These are also available from the Human Resources Section, British Antarctic Survey, High Cross, Madingley Road, Cambridge, CB3 0ET. Tel: (01223) 221400.

Please quote reference: BAS 53/19a
Closing date for receipt of application forms is: 11th June 2019
Interview date: TBC (Remote Interviews Possible)

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 part-time or full-time employment as well as flexible hours due to caring or other commitments.

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

  • Clear, concise communication on technical issues required in both written (e-mails, month and annual reports) and oral form. - Essential
  • Experience writing scientific publications or thesis. - Desirable [1]

Computer / IT skills

  • Good PC and computer literacy required. - Essential
  • Experience of data management, Linux or software development. - Desirable [2]

Decision Making

  • Ability to problem solve on a wide range of equipment, reach conclusions on appropriate courses of action and communicate these to managers. - Essential

Interpersonal skills

  • Must be able to work as part of a team while at Halley but also in Cambridge. - Essential
  • Will be required to work closely with other scientists on base. As well as making input to the team must be able to accept team decisions on work allocations and priorities. - Desirable [2]

Managerial ability

  • Sufficient maturity to be able to work safely, effectively and alone in remote location. - Essential
  • Experience of managing a small team. - Desirable [3]


  • Have practical experience of meteorology. - Desirable [1]

Other Factors

  • Able to follow instructions meticulously when required. - Essential
  • Ability to perform simple mechanical workshop activities (drilling, filing, elementary sheet metal work). - Desirable [4]


  • Degree in physics, chemistry, meteorology, environmental science, or similar, appropriate experience. - Essential
  • PhD in atmospheric chemistry. - Desirable [1]

Resource Management ability

  • Ability to organise own time and prioritise effectively. - Essential

Skills / Experience

  • Experience of operating atmospheric chemistry instruments. - Essential
  • Ability to solve technical/scientific problems. - Essential
  • Experience interpreting atmospheric chemistry data. - Essential
  • Knowledge of polar tropospheric chemistry. - Desirable [1]
  • Ability to encounter new equipment and perform effective fault finding to board level in a short period of time. - Desirable [2]
  • Experience of working in a remote location. - Desirable [2]
  • Previous work as part of atmospheric chemistry field campaigns - Desirable [1]

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Human Resources Team
British Antarctic Survey
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