Geological Collections Assistant – Cambridge

Job reference:
BAS 45/19
Contract type:
Full Time
Fixed-Term Appointment (12 months)
Starting from £24,435 per annum.
We offer generous benefits
British Antarctic Survey
Closing date:
28 April, 2019 11:59 pm


The British Antarctic Survey (BAS) is looking for a Geological Collections Assistant with experience of working in Earth Science storage facilities to join the Research Development & Support (ReDS) team.

The successful candidate will assist the Geological Collections Manager with the review of current holdings, cataloguing and archiving of samples and entering data into the Geological collections database.


To assist the Geological Collections Manager with rationalising specimen storage, cataloguing and archiving specimens, and maintaining the Geological Collections Database.


Bachelor’s degree in Earth Sciences


• Assist with processing and cataloguing backlog and new geological collections.
• Assist with archiving and storing of geological specimens.
• Assist with curating the collections by labelling and physically organising the collections to make specimens more accessible.
• Create and edit specimen level data records into the Geological Collections Database.
• Undertake any other duties as requested by the Director of BAS.

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) 221508.

Please quote reference: BAS 45/19

Closing date for receipt of application forms is: 28th April 2019
Interview date: 15th May 2019
Proposed start date: As soon as 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

  • Fluent in written and spoken English language - Essential

Computer / IT skills

  • Use of Microsoft Office (Word and Excel) - Essential
  • Use of Access and/or APEX databases - Desirable [1]

Decision Making

  • Ability to work with minimal supervision - Essential

Interpersonal skills

  • Ability to work as part of a small team - Essential

Managerial ability

  • Able to prioritise work activities with guidance from line manager - Desirable [2]

Numerical ability

  • Good numerical & arithmetic skills - Essential

Other Factors

  • Must be able to use step ladders. Work involves manual and assisted handling of heavy specimens over various heights - Essential


  • Bachelor’s degree in Earth Sciences - Essential
  • Museum Studies qualification - Desirable [1]

Resource Management ability

  • Ability to work flexibly & effectively - Essential

Skills / Experience

  • Experience working in a laboratory - Desirable [2]
  • Experience of working in Earth Science storage facilities - 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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Send your completed application forms to:
Human Resources Team
British Antarctic Survey
High Cross, Madingley Road
United Kingdom

If you need more information

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

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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.

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