Marine Ecologist – Winter Krill Project

Job reference:
BAS 21/119
Contract type:
Full Time
30 months
£31,931 - £39,915 per annum
We offer generous benefits
Ecosystems team
Cambridge with time in Antarctica in each austral winter
Closing date:
3 October, 2021 11:59 pm


The British Antarctic (BAS) is looking for a Marine Ecologist to work on the Winter Krill Project.

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.

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.


To assist the Project Leader and project team in delivering all aspects of the Darwin Plus project: Resolving the ecosystem effects of the South Georgia winter krill fishery, including participating in research surveys during winter in South Georgia waters, analysing acoustic data, providing outputs from acoustic data for comparisons with predator distribution and abundance and supporting the dissemination of project results.


PhD or equivalent in marine ecology or related field


  • Support the Project Leader in the day-to-day management of the project.
  • Support / lead surveys on the MV Pharos SG to estimate krill biomass using acoustics and determine the winter distribution of krill-dependent predators.
  • Oversee acoustic calibrations and acoustic data collection.
  • Analysis of acoustic data and integration with predator data.
  • Prepare data and reports as required and produce scientific papers for publication in peer-reviewed journals where appropriate.
  • Liaise with project team and stakeholders and produce regular project updates

Please quote reference for any queries: BAS 21/119
Published on: 3 September 2021
Closing date for receipt of application forms is: 3 October
Interviews are scheduled to be held on: 20 October

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)

Communication skills - a) oral skills b) written skills

  • Fluent in written and spoken English language - Essential
  • Proven ability to write scientific reports and papers - Essential
  • Publication record in the peer-reviewed scientific literature, or potential to develop such - Desirable [1]

Computer / IT skills

  • Excellent computing skills - Essential
  • Experience of statistical, database and GIS software applications (e.g. R, ArcGIS) - Essential
  • Experience of analysis of acoustic data (e.g. Echoview) - Desirable [1]

Decision Making

  • Good decision making - Essential

Interpersonal skills

  • Good interpersonal skills - Essential
  • Able to communicate and interact with range of stakeholders - Essential

Managerial ability

  • Excellent organizational skills - Essential

Numerical ability

  • Highly numerate and able to manipulate large data sets - Essential

Other Factors

  • Must be medically fit for time south in the austral winter - Essential


  • PST Sea Survival Qualification - Desirable [1]
  • PhD or equivalent in marine ecology or related field - Essential
  • Track record of postdoctoral research - Desirable [1]

Skills / Experience

  • Ability to work at sea on research vessels in rough conditions - Essential
  • Experience of undertaking acoustic surveys at sea - Desirable [1]
  • Knowledge of the Southern Ocean marine ecosystem - Desirable [1]
  • Experience of seabird / marine mammal observation at sea - Desirable [1]

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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