Oceanographic Data Scientist – Cambridge

Job reference:
BAS 84/18
Contract type:
Full Time
Duration:
Fixed Term Appointment - 4 Weeks
Salary:
Starting from £19,136 per annum pro rata.
Benefits:
We offer generous benefits
Team:
British Antarctic Survey
Location:
Cambridge
Closing date:
28 October, 2018 11:59 pm

Description

The diffusivity of the ocean is a key measure for understanding oceanic heat and carbon uptake. It is however difficult to obtain direct measures of it. We have released surface and sub-surface drifters/floats in the Southern Ocean in novel configurations designed to optimise the calculation of the eddy diffusivity. We are seeking someone to process the sub-surface (RAFOS) float dataset and to compare this to results from the surface drifter dataset to provide a description of the vertical variation. The intention is to write the results up for one more scientific research publications.
This post would particularly suit an undergraduate in mathematics or an equivalent mathematically intensive subject who is looking for employment over the Christmas vacation and has an interest in applying their skills to a problem of importance in climate science. The results will feed into a large national research programme, ORCHESTRA, which is focused on understanding the heat and carbon uptake of the Southern Ocean and its role in climate.

Purpose

Process the sub-surface (RAFOS) float dataset and to compare this to results from the surface drifter dataset in the Southern Ocean to provide a description of the vertical variation.

Qualification

Completed at least one year of an undergraduate course in mathematics or an equivalent mathematically intensive subject.

Duties

- Access and process the sub-surface float trajectories.
- Compare the results with those from surface drifters.
- Write up the results in a format suitable for scientific publication.
- Any other duties as requested by Director.


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 84/18

Closing date for receipt of application forms is: 28th October 2018
Interview date: TBC
Proposed start date: December 2018

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

  • Ability to summarise scientific results in a clear and concise manner. - Essential

Computer / IT skills

  • Strong evidence of programming ability is required with experience of matlab, python or an equivalent language. - Essential

Managerial ability

  • Reasonable eveidence of project management skills are required - Essential

Numerical ability

  • Strong evidence of numerical ability is required with experience of applied mathematics and statistics at undergraduate level. - Essential

Other Factors

  • Fluent in written and spoken English language. - Essential

Qualifications

  • Having completed at least one year of an undergraduate course in mathematics or an equivlalent mathematically intensive subject. - Essential

Skills / Experience

  • Strong mathematical and programming skills with appropriate modules in applied mathematics having been taken as part of an undergraduate course in mathematics, or an equivlalent mathematically intensive subject. - Essential
  • An interest in applying mathematical skills to an applied problem in climate science. - Desirable [1]

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