Ice Sheet Modeller (Band F)

Job reference:
BAS 21/69
Contract type:
Full Time
£50,702 - £64,786 per annum
We offer generous benefits
Ice Dynamics and Palaeoclimate team
Cambridge, with the possibility of fieldwork, including in Antarctica
Closing date:
23 May, 2021 11:59 pm

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


The British Antarctic Survey (BAS), part of the Natural Environment Research Council, aims to undertake a world-class programme of scientific research, and to sustain for the UK an active and influential regional presence and a leadership role in Antarctic affairs.
We are seeking a highly-motivated numerical scientist to lead and develop key areas of research concerning the role of Earth’s ice cover in future sea level. The successful candidate will become part of the Ice Dynamics and Palaeoclimate science team within BAS, an internationally-leading group of more than 20 active scientists working to develop a deeper understanding of climate change and the response of the ice sheets, and to improve our ability to explain the risk of future Antarctic and Greenland ice sheet loss and its impact on sea level.

The postholder will be instrumental in helping to deliver these key areas of science. They will initate and lead substantial new funding proposals, alongside BAS scientists and external partners. They will manage and mentor staff to deliver high performance. They will propose studentships through our network of training partnerships, and be actively involved in the supervision of doctoral candidate students. The postholder will write and contribute to influential and significant research papers in leading international journals. They will represent BAS on diverse national and international forums, working to establish and progress new community initiatives to develop further the research that we conduct. They will engage with key stakeholders across a range of sectors (potentially including Government, intergovernmental bodies, industry and NGOs) to increase interactions and the societally-beneficial use of our research. They will engage with the media concerning the importance of novel research findings.

Key areas of research will include some of:

  1. Ice sheet and glacier modelling
  2. Ice sheet interactions with the ocean and the atmosphere
  3. Projections of the future ice sheet contribution to sea level rise

This is an exciting opportunity for a dynamic, motivated, leading researcher to play an important role in the development of climate-related ice sheet science at BAS. The successful applicant will join the Ice Dynamics and Palaeoclimate Team, which has extensive ongoing projects in climate and ice sheet research, and which is seeking to further develop its research portfolio.

We are advertising a similar role at a different level of experience to be appointed to UKRI Salary Band E. If you are interested, please visit the page. The interview process for both positions will be combined on the same week.

Please note the effective start date is from the 1st of February 2022


  • To take a leading role in developing and delivering a programme of high-quality research in ice sheet modelling, in particular understanding the contribution of ice sheets and glaciers to sea-level change. The appointee will be expected to take a leading role in developing and securing funding for innovative studies to address the research goals.The studies will enhance understanding of key ice sheet processes and interactions, and contribute to improved projections of the future impacts of Earth’s changing ice, oceans and atmosphere.
  • To work with colleagues internally, nationally and internationally to collaboratively address research goals.
  • To win funding to support research activites and research staff at the British Antarctic Survey (BAS)
  • To engage with the academic life and activities of BAS, NERC and UKRI
  • To manage, develop and mentor research staff and projects, and undertake additional roles as identified by the Director of BAS.
  • If shipborne or other fieldwork is required, post-holders must be medically fit


  • A Ph.D. in ice sheet modelling (or comparable numerical subject) and extensive post-doctoral research experience.
  • A publication list demonstrating ability to influence and contribute to the scientific field


As part of the Ice Dynamics and Palaeoclimate Team, the postholder will be expected to:

  • Lead and conduct, independently and collaboratively, high quality and complex scientific research addressing key questions appropriate to the BAS Mission. This will focus on the use of ice sheet modelling to enable improved projections of the ice sheet contribution to future sea level.
  • Develop and submit high-quality research proposals and secure significant funding to deliver, develop and enhance this research.
  • Deliver reports, presentations and peer-reviewed publications in internationally-leading journals, clearly disseminating the results and impact of the research.
  • Engage with external partners, and develop collaborative relations with internal, national and overseas researchers and organisations
  • Assist in defining ongoing scientific strategy for BAS and its Science Teams
  • Represent BAS on national and international forums, providing strategic input to the development of new community initiatives.
  • Provide management and mentorship for researchers and other science staff as required. To propose studentships and supervise students in this area of research.
  • Engage with stakeholders concerning the use of science for influencing policymakers and the wider community.

Please quote reference: BAS 21/69
Publication date: 30 March 2021
Closing date for receipt of application forms is: 23 May 2021
Interviews are scheduled to be held: Early June

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 and will provide necessary adaptations for the interview. 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

  • Proven ability to disseminate research results through high-quality presentations and publications in reports and in internationally-leading peer reviewed journals - Essential
  • Evidence of leadership and interaction in delivery of science impact. - Desirable [2]

Computer / IT skills

  • Commensurate with research field - Essential

Decision Making

  • Ability to lead, and act collegiately, engaging with senior academic staff and stakeholders. - Essential

Interpersonal skills

  • Flexibility, adaptability and ability to lead and work in a team in a matrix-managed environment, and to influence senior colleagues and stakeholder - Essential

Managerial ability

  • Ability to manage, mentor and successfully lead scientific research staff to build high-achieving teams - Essential

Numerical ability

  • Commensurate with research field - Essential

Other Factors

  • Expertise in, and fluent knowledge of delivery aspects of research (cost, resources and schedule) - Essential
  • Experience of successfully managing significant budgets - Desirable [1]


  • A Ph.D. in ice sheet modelling (or comparable numerical subject) and extensive post-doctoral research experience. - Essential
  • A publication list demonstrating ability to influence and contribute to the scientific field - Essential

Skills / Experience

  • Some combination of: • Expertise in numerical methods, mathematics and ice dynamics theory • Expertise in assimilation of observations • Understanding of glaciological processes and atmosphere-ice-ocean-earth interactions - Essential
  • Experience of successfully defining and delivering research projects in an ice sheet modelling field - Essential
  • A significant international scientific profile - Essential
  • Demonstrated experience of winning competitive research funding of a scale that includes large research projects - Essential
  • Demonstrated experience of making projections of ice sheet contributions to future sea level, using observations and ice sheet modelling. - Desirable [1]

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