Ocean Modeller (Amundsen Sea) – Cambridge

Job reference:
BAS 51/19
Contract type:
Full Time
Fixed-Term Appointment (30 months)
Salary in the range from £30,782 to £33,459
We offer generous benefits
British Antarctic Survey
Closing date:
28 April, 2019 11:59 pm


The British Antarctic Survey (BAS) is looking for an Ocean Modeller (Amundsen Sea) to join our Polar Oceans/Shelf Seas Team. The successful candidate will be developing, running and evaluating a regional ocean model of the Amundsen Sea, Antarctica, including its ice shelves. They will use climate-model forcings to produce hindcasts of ice shelf melt rates since 1920, and projections of melting to 2100.

The successful candidate will validate the model against observations of the recent past, and interpret the implications for ocean melting of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet. This role is part of a joint UK-Japanese project focused upon ocean processes in the Amundsen Sea.

To be successful in this role, you must have experience in the use of numerical models of ocean circulation, and of coding in Fortan/Python/Matlab on Linux and PC-based systems.


To develop, test and run a model of the Amundsen Sea, under climate model forcings, in order to evaluate the historical and future projected melting of this sector of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet.


First degree in physical science/mathematics plus PhD (or equivalent experience).


- Develop a model of the Amundsen Sea and its sea ice and ice shelves, forced by atmospheric reanalysis output.
- Validate the model using observations of the recent past.
- Perform an ensemble of historical model simulations, using forcing from climate-model output.
- Perform an ensemble of future model simulations under climate model forcing.
- Interpret the implications of the model results for ocean melting of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet.
- Attend project meetings to report on progress and share results.
- Present model developments and scientific results in the peer-reviewed literature and at conferences.

On-line application forms and further information are available on our website at www.bas.ac.uk/vacancies.

These are also available from the Human Resources Section, British Antarctic Survey, High Cross, Madingley Road, Cambridge, CB3 0ET. Tel: (01223) 221508.

Please quote reference: BAS 51/19

Closing date for receipt of application forms is: 28th April 2019
Interview date: 16th May 2019
Proposed start date: Flexible

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. We are open to a range of flexible working options including part-time or full-time employment as well as flexible hours due to caring or other commitments.

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
  • Track record of publication and conference presentation - Desirable [1]

Computer / IT skills

  • Experience of compiled and interpreted codes (e.g. Fortran and Matlab) - Essential
  • Experience of Linux and PC-based systems - Essential

Interpersonal skills

  • Able to work effectively as part of a team - Essential

Numerical ability

  • Experience in the numerical solution of partial differential equations - Essential


  • First degree in physical science/mathematics plus PhD (or equivalent experience) - Essential

Skills / Experience

  • Experience in the use of numerical ocean models. - Essential
  • Knowledge and/or experience of MITgcm. - Desirable [1]
  • Knowledge/experience of modelling ocean interaction with sea ice and ice shelves. - Desirable [3]

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