Sea Ice Physicist – Cambridge

Job reference:
BAS 110/18
Contract type:
Full Time
Duration:
Fixed-Term Appointment (2 Years).
Salary:
Starting from £30,357 per annum.
Benefits:
We offer generous benefits
Team:
Atmosphere, Ice and Climate team
Location:
Cambridge
Closing date:
20 January, 2019 11:59 pm

Description

The British Antarctic Survey (BAS) are seeking to employ a dynamic Sea-Ice Physicist to work on a NERC funded project entitled Eco-Light. This project aims to better understand how the changes in the light climate, which is driven by changes in the snow and sea-ice regimes, influence the timing and duration of primary production events, as well as changes in the grazing habits of zooplankton. The project involves both observations and numerical modelling.

The successful candidate will to be needed to upscale the light regimes in snow and sea ice to the pan-Arctic scale in order to improve simulation and prediction of the Arctic sympagic ecosystem. They will blend pan-Arctic snow and sea ice thickness products with accurate light extension coefficients for snow and ice. This includes the refinement of algorithms for light attenuation within snow and sea ice.

Purpose

To work on a NERC funded project entitled Eco-Light. This project aims to better understand how the changes in the marine light climate, which is driven by changes in the snow and sea-ice regimes, influence ecosystem dynamics. The under-ice light climate influences the timing and duration of primary production events, as well as changes in the grazing habits of zooplankton. The project involves both observations and numerical modelling components.

The successful candidate will to be needed to upscale the light regimes in snow and sea ice to the pan-Arctic scale in order to improve simulation and prediction of the Arctic sympagic ecosystem. They will blend pan-Arctic snow and sea ice thickness products with accurate light extension coefficients for snow and ice. This includes the refinement of algorithms for light
attenuation within snow and sea ice.

Qualification

PhD in Geophysics, Mathematics or Physics.

Duties

Working with observational and remote sensing data to:
• Refine algorithms to light extinction through sea ice and snow.
• Develop numerical simulations to quantify the amount of light entering the water column
through different snow and ice thicknesses
• Upscale the results to the pan-Arctic scale in order to improve simulation and prediction
of the Arctic sympagic ecosystem
• Produce scientific papers based on the results, and present at conferences
• Collaborate with other international groups within the Eco-Light programme.
Additionally:
• Support Eco-Light Partners and BAS at meetings and workshops.
• Develop leadership skills in research activities and proactively develop the sea ice
physics team within BAS through networking and developing funding opportunities
• Possibility perform Arctic fieldwork
• Organise the collection and interpretation of complementary data sets such as
oceanographic, atmospheric, and remotely sensed data
• To undertake other duties as required by the Director of BAS.


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 110/18

Closing date for receipt of application forms is: 20th January 2019
Interview date: 31st January 2019
Proposed start date: As soon as possible

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

  • Communicate efficiently and effectively at all levels. - Essential
  • Fluent in written and spoken English language. - Essential

Computer / IT skills

  • Numerical simulation. - Essential
  • Programing skills: Matlab, fortran, C, IDL or other high level languages. - Essential

Decision Making

  • Work effectively and positively within committees and working groups, as well as having clear decision making and problem solving qualities. - Desirable [3]

Managerial ability

  • Line management experience. - Desirable [5]

Numerical ability

  • Statistical analysis of time-series data, algorithm development. - Essential
  • Familiarity with GCM sea ice parameterisation. - Desirable [2]

Other Factors

  • Scientific publications. - Essential
  • A strong academic record. - Desirable [3]

Qualifications

  • PhD in Geophysics, Mathematics or Physics. - Essential

Resource Management ability

  • Critical and independent thinking. - Desirable [3]

Skills / Experience

  • Knowledge of sea ice physics. - Essential
  • Knowledge of interpretation of observational sea ice measurements, in particular light. - Essential
  • Knowledge of coupled sea ice modelling. - Desirable [1]
  • Knowledge of light attenuation within the ocean and or sea ice. - Desirable [1]

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