Cloud Physicist

Job reference:
BAS 20/53
Contract type:
Fixed-Term Appointment for 4 years
Starting from £30,782 to £38,478 per annum.
We offer generous benefits
British Antarctic Survey
Cambridge and Antarctica
Closing date:
12 April, 2020 11:59 pm

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


British Antarctic Survey is offering a unique opportunity for a full-time Cloud Physicist to join our Atmosphere Ice and Climate team.

The Role
Working on the Southern Ocean Cloud project, the successful candidate will be analysing and interpreting the data obtained from the field campaigns at Rothera, Bird Island, and on board of the RRS Sir David Attenborough (SDA).

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.


This post will be dedicated to organising and running the field campaigns at Rothera, Bird Island, and on board of the RRS Sir David Attenborough (SDA) as part of the Southern Ocean Cloud project. The job holder will also be analysing and interpreting the data obtained during these campaigns. They will also be expected to disseminate the findings through publication of peer-reviewed articles, and presentations at national and international conferences.


PhD in a numerate field or equivalent experience
PhD in Physics, chemistry or meteorology, or equivalent experience (desirable).


We have acquired a cold stage. This piece of equipment allows filter samples of
air to be analysed quantitatively for ice nucleating particles. The post holder will
be responsible to setup this cold stage and the necessary peripherals. It will be
part of their role to use this cold stage to analyse filter samples obtained during
the project’s field campaigns.

As part of a team they will be involved in setting up and running instrumentation
at Antarctic stations

They will manage the observational data sets collected during project’s field
campaigns, as well as model output.

It will be part of their role to analyse the obtained observational and model data

They are also expected to publish the results of these analyses in peer reviewed

Any additional task as identified by the Director

Please quote reference: BAS 20/53
Closing date for receipt of application forms is: 12th April 2020
Interviews are scheduled to be held: 24th April 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

Computer / IT skills

  • Proficiency with scientific programming and numerical software packages such as Matlab, IDL or Python - Essential
  • Proficiency with multiple platforms (Windows, Unix/Linux) and software packages. - Desirable [2]

Interpersonal skills

  • Ability 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, nationally and internationally. - Desirable [2]

Numerical ability

  • Good numerate skills - Essential
  • Experience at running numerical models or analysing large data sets. - Desirable [3]

Other Factors

  • Willing to work in remote locations for extended periods. Needs to be willing to take the underwater helicopter escape course. - Essential


  • PhD in a numerate field or equivalent experience - Essential
  • PhD in Physics, Chemistry or Meteorology, or equivalent experience - Desirable [2]

Resource Management ability

  • Must be able to manage the logistics of a large, complex project. - Essential

Skills / Experience

  • Experience in atmospheric science - Essential
  • Experience in cloud physics - Desirable [1]

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.