Marine Spatial Analyst

Job reference:
BAS 22/59
Contract type:
Fixed-Term Appointment (1 Year)
£31,931 to £39,915 per annum
We offer generous benefits
British Antarctic Survey
Closing date:
5 June, 2022 11:59 pm


British Antarctic Survey is looking for a Marine Spatial Analyst to work on the Risk Assessment for the Antarctic Krill Fishery.

Who we are

British Antarctic Survey (BAS) delivers and enables world-leading interdisciplinary research in the Polar Regions. Our 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 our 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 keep the 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 one of the most unique places in the world, then British Antarctic Survey could be for you. We aim to attract the best people for those jobs.


The main purpose of the job is to work with colleagues within BAS and externally to develop data layers which feed into the risk assessment for the Antarctic Krill fishery. The risk assessment is being led by the UK (through BAS) and is a critical part of CCAMLRs agreed approach to the future management of the krill fishery.


PhD in zoology, marine zoology or ecology (or equivalent experience)


  • Develop models to describe the distribution of some of the key krill predators around the South Orkney Islands and South Georgia
  • Combine predicted predator distributions with data on diet composition to create maps highlighting areas of increased krill consumption
  • Contribute to the development of working papers for CCAMLR meetings, and scientific advice to the UK CCAMLR delegation
  • Lead the development of papers for high-impact peer reviewed scientific journals
  • Undertake other analyses and work as required, related to the management of the fishery for Antarctic krill and the development of marine spatial planning within the west Antarctic Peninsula, South Orkney and South Georgia regions

Please quote reference: BAS 22/59
Closing date for receipt of application forms is: 5 June
Interviews are scheduled to be held: 14 June

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.

Antarctic deployment involves working in a remote and harsh environment where adaptations to working, living and recreation areas are not achievable to a level that might be expected in the UK. There is a Genuine Occupational Requirement to be physically capable of negotiating rough, icy and snowy terrain as well as being mentally resilient and medically fit.

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

Communication skills

  • Excellent ability to communicate scientific ideas and statistical concepts to scientists within BAS. - Essential
  • Proficient in written and spoken English language - Essential

Computer / IT skills

  • Excellent working knowledge of R and/or R studio - Essential
  • Good working knowledge of GIS (either in R or ArcGIS/QGIS) - Essential
  • Experience of using mgcv, crawl, adehabitat and distance - Desirable [1]

Decision Making

  • Ability to consult and take advice - Essential
  • Ability to also make sensible judgements when senior colleagues are not available - Essential

Interpersonal skills

  • Must be able to confidently interact with scientists from within BAS. - Essential
  • Be able to confidently interact with scientists from different nations and to represent NERC/BAS within international fora - Desirable [2]

Managerial ability

  • Good management of time, data and code - Essential
  • Good self-management skills - Essential

Numerical ability

  • Excellent numerical experience - Essential


  • PhD in zoology, marine zoology or ecology (or equivalent experience) - Essential

Skills / Experience

  • Extensive and demonstrable experience of analysing ecological data using R - Essential
  • Analyses of telemetry data or at-sea survey data - 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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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.