Ice Ocean Modeller – Cambridge

Job reference:
BAS 64/19
Contract type:
Full Time
Fixed-Term Appointment (36 Months)
In the range of £30,782 to £33,459 per annum.
We offer generous benefits
Polar Oceans team
Closing date:
30 June, 2019 11:59 pm


The British Antarctic Survey (BAS) are looking for an Ice Ocean Modeller. This role will be part of the Polar Oceans team who aim to understand the role of the oceans in influencing the polar ice caps, and regional climate change caused by shifts in ocean circulation.

This responsibility of this role is to model coupled ocean and ice sheet processes and explore the influence of El Nino Southern Oscillation and anthropogenic trends in climate upon the future sea level contribution from West Antarctica.

We are looking for someone with a first degree in Physical Science or Mathematics with a PhD or equivalent. You will have experience in the use of numerical ocean models or ice sheet models and the ability to work with Linux and PC-based systems.

Potential candidates are very welcome to contact Paul Holland ([email protected]) with any questions about the role.


To model coupled ocean and ice sheet processes and explore the influence of El Nino Southern Oscillation and anthropogenic trends in climate upon the future sea level contribution from West Antarctica.


First degree in physical science/mathematics plus PhD (or equivalent).


- Develop new techniques for coupling computational models of the Antarctic ice sheet and the ocean. This will include studies of the physics of how the flowing Antarctic ice sheet interacts with the ocean. Duties will include numerical modelling and software development.

- Apply the coupled model of ice-ocean interactions to idealised domains to gain an improved scientific understanding of the sensitvity of the Antarctic ice sheet to changes in the ocean.

- Use a realistic coupled model of the West Antarctic ice sheet and the Amundsen Sea to forecast the future sea level contribution from the ice sheet.

- Explore the sensitivity of West Antarctica to El Nino Southern Oscillation (ENSO) and make 21st Century projections that reveal how the influence of ENSO and anthropogenic trends will combine to affect the sea level contribution from West Antarctica.

- Present findings at international scientific conferences.

- Publish findings in the scientific literature.

- Any other duties as required 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) 221400.

Please quote reference: BAS 64/19
Closing date for receipt of application forms is: 30th June 2019
Interview date: 11th July 2019
Start Date: Flexible

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
  • Track record of publication and conference presentation - Desirable [1]

Computer / IT skills

  • Experience of compiled and interpreted codes (e.g. Fortran and Matlab). - Essential
  • Experience of programming in Fortran and Matlab. - Desirable [2]
  • Experience of Linux and PC-based systems - Essential

Interpersonal skills

  • Able to work effectively as part of a team - Essential

Numerical ability

  • Experience in the numerical solution of partial differential equations. - Essential


  • First degree in physical science/mathematics plus PhD (or equivalent). - Essential

Skills / Experience

  • Experience in the use of numerical ocean models or numerical ice sheet models. - Essential
  • Knowledge/experience of modelling ocean interaction with ice shelves or modelling ice sheet flow. - Desirable [3]

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Human Resources Team
British Antarctic Survey
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United Kingdom

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Telephone: +44 (0)1223 221400
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