Bonner Laboratory Manager & Scientific Support – Cambridge and Antarctica

Job reference:
BAS 94/19
Contract type:
Open-Ended Appointment
Open-Ended Appointment
Starting from £30,782 per annum
We offer generous benefits
British Antarctic Survey
Cambridge and Antarctica
Closing date:
8 September, 2019 11:59 pm


The British Antarctic Survey (BAS) is looking for a Laboratory Manager to manage the day-to-day operation of the Bonner Laboratory complex at Rothera Research Station. This role involves the co-ordination of science requirements and ensuring compliance with BAS Laboratory Code of Practice, Health & Safety and Environmental policies.


To manage the day-to-day operation of the Bonner Laboratory complex at Rothera Research Station and maintain laboratory facilities.
To manage Health and Safety in the Laboratory environment and promote safe working practices with in the Bonner Laboratory and the Dutch Gerritsz Facility.
To liaise with UK and collaborating scientists to coordinate and facilitate science projects carried out at or from Rothera Research Station.
To provide support for BAS terrestrial biological fieldwork and long-term science activities.


Degree qualified or equivalent experience in the biological or environmental sciences


In Antarctica:
- Responsible for indenting (stock control) of general laboratory consumables, organising incoming cargo associated with the Laboratory;
- Allocation and supervision of regular laboratory housekeeping tasks to ensure
maintenance of a clean working environment;
- Manage and maintain equipment and PPE, including periodic testing and record keeping;
- Ensure that risk assessment and safe working practice procedures are followed by all lab users, including the Dutch Gerritsz Facility;
- Manage laboratory induction training of scientists and collaborators on their arrival at Rothera and provide training in the use of laboratory equipment;
- Co- ordinate consignment of outgoing cargo for the Bonner Laboratory and the Dutch Gerritsz Facility, including responsibility for hazardous cargo (under Transport of Dangerous Goods by Sea regulations) (training will be provided);
- Maintain long-term monitoring equipment including automatic microclimate weather stations in Marguerite Bay and on Alexander Island;
- Collect biological material for BAS terrestrial projects and maintain long-term biological monitoring sites;
- Radiation Protection Supervisor (training will be provided);
- Represent the Bonner Laboratory and its users on the Station Management Team and Rothera Safety Health and Environment Team;
- Provide additional support for small boating operations (training will be provided);
- Provide cover for laboratory management on the RRS Sir David Attenborough (if required);
- Accompany and provide support to marine aquarium, on RRS Sir David Attenborough,from Rothera to UK (if required).
At Cambridge
- Plan the use of the Bonner Laboratory, assessing bids for its use from BAS and external scientists and advising the Senior Lab Manager on what can be delivered;
- Coordinate requisition of equipment and consumables for the Bonner Laboratory;
- Liaise with scientists prior to deployment south and coordinate activities during their stay at Rothera;
- Provide pre-deployment training on laboratory practice and Health and Safety
requirements, including presentation at Antarctic Pre-Deployment Conferences;
- Represent the Bonner Laboratory at the Dutch Scientific Steering Committee, Rothera Review Group, Rothera Station Planning Group and other committees (as required);
- Provide additional laboratory facilities / science support at BAS Cambridge ( turn-around, sample storage);
- Join the on-call rota providing out of hours cover for the Marine Aquarium at BAS Cambridge.
- Any other task, as required by the director.

These are also available from the Human Resources Section, British Antarctic Survey, High Cross, Madingley Road, Cambridge, CB3 0ET. Tel: (01223) 221508.
Please quote reference: BAS 94/19
Closing date for receipt of application forms is: 8th September
Interviews are scheduled to be held on: 19th September
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.

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
  • Confident in presenting science to outside parties including the media - Desirable [2]

Computer / IT skills

  • Word-processing and spreadsheet skills. Data entry and data management. - Essential
  • Competence with MS Word, Excel. - Desirable [2]

Decision Making

  • Ability to work under pressure and assign priorities - Essential

Interpersonal skills

  • Good negotiation and persuasion skills. Ability to communicate well with people at all levels and work as part of a team - Essential

Managerial ability

  • Ability to manage own time and manage the needs of other lab users. - Essential
  • Experience of managing people in a laboratory - Desirable [2]

Numerical ability

  • Good numerical and arithmetic skills - Essential

Other Factors

  • Experience of working on a research ship - Desirable [2]


  • Degree qualified or equivalent experience in the biological or environmental sciences - Essential
  • Qualification or accredited training in H&S - Desirable [2]

Resource Management ability

  • Ability to work flexibly and effectively within existing structures and teams - Essential

Skills / Experience

  • Experience of laboratory management - Essential
  • Knowledge and understanding of COSHH, Risk Assessment and safe working practice in a laboratory environment - Essential
  • Experience of carrying out fieldwork and laboratory analysis - Essential
  • Aptitude for working with electronic equipment (maintenance of laboratory instrumentation, data loggers, weather stations) - Essential
  • Practical knowledge of laboratory instrumentation and installations - Desirable [2]
  • Aptitude and enthusiasm for planning and carrying out remote fieldwork - Desirable [2]

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British Antarctic Survey
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