Innovation Assistant

Job reference:
BAS 21/98
Contract type:
Fixed-Term Appointment (6 Months)
£9.50 per hour
We offer generous benefits
British Antarctic Survey
Remote, with the potential visits to our office in Cambridge if organisational measures allow
Closing date:
5 August, 2021 11:59 pm


This role is only available to people aged 16-24 on Universal Credit,and you will need to be referred to the role by your work coach in order to apply.

British Antarctic Survey are looking for an Innovation Assistant to be part of the Race for Nature’s Recovery ( a new programme working to improve the diversity of the environmental sector. It is open to all young people that are eligible for Kickstart placements.

More details on the Kickstart scheme can be found here -

Please also complete the Race to Nature diversity survey here: This is required as part of your application.

Start date is flexible, but must be before 31 December 2021.

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.


The successful applicant will be supporting a project on quantifying British Antarctic Survey’s homeworking carbon emissions. This project will be led by BAS’ Senior Carbon Manager, Parthena Exizidou,

While the project is technical, the applicant is not required to have technical expertise nor previous experience working specifically with carbon. The project manager will provide with technical expertise, and the applicant is expected to conduct essential data collection and analysis with the support from colleagues within the Innovation team. The work will be done as a team effort, and the applicant will be supporting and supported by colleagues involved in Net Zero Carbon projects.


- Evaluating existing framework
- Creating an internal survey to ask people about their homeworking conditions to improve the assumptions for BAS reporting. The survey will also cover changes in commute patterns
- Developing BAS Carbon assessment process with the support of survey results (following model from Whitepaper)
- Follow-up: The survey report and assessment process will feed into next stage of work which will be a report on future working assessment. This follow-up report will intend to answer questions like: What would carbon emissions look like in a hybrid (homeworking/office based) model? Can we quantify different plausible scenarios?
- In addition to homeworking emissions, the project will include analysis of existing travel data.

Please quote reference for any queries: BAS 21/98
Publication date: 14 July
Closing date for receipt of application forms is: 5 August

At BAS, our vision is to be a world-leading centre for polar science and operations. Making our vision a reality depends on the excellence and diversity of our staff. We are committed to creating a workplace where all our staff can flourish and succeed. BAS is a Disability Confident employer, we are proud to hold a bronze Athena Swan award and we are a member of enei, the Employers Network for Equality & Inclusion.

We appreciate the importance of achieving work-life balance and support this with a number of family and carer-friendly policies. Plus a flexible working policy for those who may wish to amend their working pattern or arrangement.

Skills are listed as either Essential or Desirable. Desirable skills importance rating in parenthesis (1 is high, 5 is low)

Skills / Experience

  • Analytically oriented - Essential
  • Data analysis - Essential
  • Data visualisation - Desirable [3]
  • Some experience in report writing - Essential
  • Attention to detail and well organised - Essential
  • Good team working skills - Essential
  • Proficient in basic Microsoft 365 tools - Essential
  • Excellent communication skills - Essential

In order to apply, please complete and upload all the application forms listed below. If you experience any issues in uploading your Application Form, please email us your complete application, making reference to the job reference and title.

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If you need more information

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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.