Data Analyst – Radiation Belts

Job reference:
BAS 20/65
Contract type:
33 Months
Starting salary from £30,782 to £38,478 per annum
We offer generous benefits
Space Weather and Atmosphere team
Closing date:
12 July, 2020 11:59 pm

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



The British Antarctic Survey (BAS) are looking for a Data Analyst - Radiation Belts.

What is the role?

The main purpose of the job is to develop a new plasma wave database containing scientific satellite data, and to investigate how the data can be organised for different levels of solar and geomagnetic activity.

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.


The main purpose of the job is to develop a new plasma wave database containing scientific satellite data going back to 1990, and to investigate how the data can be organised for different levels of solar and geomagnetic activity so as to reduce the variability. It will also require the calculation of new wave diffusion coefficients using the PADIE code and help to include wave models into the BAS radiation belt model. The job will require frequent updates and presentations at team meetings and writing research papers in collaboration with other members of the SWA team.


BSc/MSc in physics or closely related subject and/or PhD in physics or closely related subject.


- Responsible for developing a new plasma wave database and injesting data
- Analysis of plasma wave data
- Running the PADIE computer code
- Presentations at monthly meetings and scientific conferences
- Writing research papers in collaboration with other members of the team
- Any other task identified by the Science Leader and Director.

We will not accept an application without the completed application form.

Please quote reference: BAS 20/65
Closing date for receipt of application forms is: 12 July 2020
Interviews are scheduled to be held: 24 July 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

  • Fluent in written and spoken English language - Essential

Computer / IT skills

  • Use of unix type operating system - Essential
  • Experience with machine learning methods - Desirable [5]

Interpersonal skills

  • Ability to work in a team under direction - Essential

Numerical ability

  • Experience writing large computer codes in high level language - Essential
  • Experience working with very large datasets - Essential
  • Experience writing code in IDL or Python - Desirable [5]


  • BSc/MSc in physics or closely related subject - Essential
  • PhD in physics or closely related subject - Desirable [5]

Skills / Experience

  • First degree and some relevant research experience - Essential
  • Published one or more first author research papers in peer reviewed Journals - Essential
  • Knowledge of plasma physics or radiation belt physics - Desirable [5]

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.