Marine Data Assistant

Job reference:
BAS 21/100
Contract type:
Full Time
Fixed Term Appointment (5 months)
£25,702 to £32,129 per annum.
We offer generous benefits
Polar Data Centre
Closing date:
29 August, 2021 11:59 pm


British Antarctic Survey are seeking a Marine Data Assistant to aid Polar Data Centre staff in populating a marine events database with information from legacy scientific cruises undertaken to the Arctic and Antarctic.

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.


To aid Polar Data Centre staff in populating a marine events database with information from legacy scientific cruises undertaken to the Arctic and Antarctic.


Degree (or equivalent work experience) in a scientific or data management subject area


• Conduct a detailed dataset by dataset survey of what occurred on legacy marine cruises (the events), including equipment deployed, scientific observations, samples collected etc.

• Input this information into a marine events database

• Any other duties within the remit of the role as required by the Head of the Service and the Director

This role will be located in Cambridge, but we will consider applications for remote working with regular visits to Cambridge for project reviews.

Please quote reference for any queries: BAS 21/100
Publication date: 20 July 2021
Closing date for receipt of application forms is: 29th August 2021
Interviews are scheduled to be held on: 16th September 2021

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.

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

  • Proficient in written and spoken English language and able to communicate effectively with BAS scientists at all levels in the organization - Essential
  • Ability to clearly report progress against an agreed work plan. - Essential

Computer / IT skills

  • Good keyboard/PC skills with knowledge of Microsoft Office products. - Essential
  • Familiarity with database entry - Desirable [2]
  • Competent using a variety of software tools - Desirable [2]
  • Familiarity with UNIX/Linux environment - Desirable [3]

Decision Making

  • Ability to work independently once fully trained in the role - Essential

Interpersonal skills

  • Experience of working successfully within a small team - Essential

Other Factors

  • Evidence of high levels of attention to detail in a previous role. - Essential


  • Degree (or equivalent work experience) in a scientific or data management subject area - Essential
  • Degree with a high component of marine biology, oceanography or marine geophysics - Desirable [2]

Skills / Experience

  • Specific evidence of working with, or managing, marine data - Essential
  • Evidence of an interest in, and good working knowledge of, an aspect of marine science - Essential
  • Experience working on a research vessel, ideally in a data management/collection capacity - Desirable [4]

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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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 protected]
+44 (0)1223 221400
+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.