Climate and Ocean Model Data Analyst

Job reference:
BAS 20/58
Contract type:
36 months.
£31,305 - £34,028 per annum.
We offer generous benefits
Polar Oceans team
Closing date:
27 September, 2020 11:59 pm

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


The British Antarctic Survey is looking for an experienced Model Data Analyst.

What is the role about?
You will investigate oceanographic and climate variability in the Antarctic and Arctic regions and its impacts on the wider Earth System. We run sophisticated idealised, regional and global climate and oceanographic models (including sea ice and ice shelf components) to simulate past conditions and also to predict how the climate and ocean will evolve in the future. Models are run on local and national supercomputing facilities and generate large volumes of data, and we also make extensive use of output from very large models and ensembles run externally, such as the IPCC CMIP6 ensemble.

You will be responsible for accessing, pre-processing and analysing IPCC class and similar climate model data in support of BAS researchers. You will assist scientists in preparing data for scientific publication. Other datasets, such as those used to force our models or produced by satellite remote sensing, may also require management and analysis.

You will have a degree or higher qualification in a relevant physical science subject, previous experience of programming in a linux/unix environment including familiarity with Fortran and Python, and experience of handing large data sets. Experience working with cluster based computing, cloud computing and with geophysical and ideally ocean/atmosphere/climate data is strongly desirable.

This role is full time, but we are willing to consider applications with part-time or flexible working patterns.

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

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.


  • Based within the Ice Dynamics and Paleoclimate programme at our Cambridge office, you will be part of a team investigating climate variability and how we can use ice core data to more accurately project future climate changes.
  • Responsible for managing our modelling infrastructure and writing code to support model users and developers.
  • Process and maintain the large datasets required to force our regional models.
  • Responsible for accessing and pre-processing of IPCC climate model data and other datasets, such as those produced by satellite remote sensing.


PhD in relevant physical science or equivalent experience.


Access and process IPCC climate model data sets.

  • Assist scientists in the analysis of model output and preparation of results for publication.
  • Manage output from climate and ocean models and other large datasets.
  • Support model users with troubleshooting and code documentation.
  • Retrieve, process, and maintain large forcing data sets from other centres.

Please quote reference: BAS 20/58
Closing date for receipt of application forms is: 27 September 2020
Interviews are scheduled to be held: Wednesday 13 October 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.

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

  • Fluent in written and spoken English language. - Essential
  • Able to communicate detailed technical information clearly and concisely to a range of stakeholders. - Desirable [1]
  • Ability to present research effectively in written and oral form. - Desirable [1]

Computer / IT skills

  • Linux/unix experience. - Essential
  • Fortran and python experience. - Essential
  • Data management experience. - Essential
  • Cluster-based computing experience - Desirable [2]
  • Cloud based computing experience - Desirable [2]
  • Version control experience - Desirable [2]

Decision Making

  • Track record of independent work and associated decision making - Essential

Interpersonal skills

  • Able to work as part of a team and contribute to scientific publications - Essential
  • Experience authoring/co-authoring scientific publication - Desirable [2]

Managerial ability

  • Ability to manage project workflow and balance time/resources between projects - Essential
  • Ability to manage numerous and large datasets - Essential

Numerical ability

  • Strong numerical skills of a standard expected of a science graduate in physical sciences - Essential

Other Factors

  • Flexible and adaptable - Essential
  • Understanding of how BAS science fits in to a wider perspective - Desirable [2]


  • PhD in relevant physical science or equivalent experience - Essential
  • PhD in ocean/climate dynamics or equivalent postgraduate experience. - Desirable [2]

Resource Management ability

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

Skills / Experience

  • Experience analysing ocean/climate model output - Essential
  • Understanding of ocean/climate system - Essential
  • Experience with climate model ensembles - Desirable [2]

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

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Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Recruitment team is working remotely and cannot access the building. If you would like to apply for this job but cannot apply online, please contact us: [email protected]

If you need more information

Email: [email protected]
Telephone: +44 (0)1223 221400
Facsimile: +44 (0)1223 362616

The information you provide during the application process will only be used for the purpose of progressing your application, to fulfil legal or regulatory requirements where necessary or, in the case of the Equal Opportunities Monitoring Questionnaire, to help BAS meet its equal opportunities policy.

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.