TiPES Statistician – Cambridge
- Job reference:
- BAS 65/19
- Contract type:
- Fixed-Term Appointment (36 months)
- Starting from £30,782 per annum.
- We offer generous benefits
- British Antarctic Survey
- Closing date:
- 23 June, 2019 11:59 pm
The British Antarctic Survey (BAS) is seeking a Statistician to work on the TiPES Project. The TiPES project investigates past tipping points and transitions in the earth’s climate. The BAS archive already contains three ice cores that cover major transitions during the glacial and the transition from the glacial to the Holocene. In addition, we hold a number of high-resolution records spanning what is arguably one of the most important tipping points in the earth’s history, the changes we are observing in Antarctica today.
The role of the Statistician will be to complete the ice core synthesis and model-data comparisons required for the TiPES project. You work on the statistically sound synthesis of data and model simulations from the cold and warm period tipping points that occurred during the Glacial and Last Interglacial periods, with a focus on abrupt retreats of the Arctic and Antarctic sea ice.
We are looking for someone with a PhD in a relevant field (or equivalent research experience) and with excellent numerical ability. You will need to be able to organise your tasks to meet objectives and deadlines. You will also need to have experience in using Linux/Unix environments for running models and subsequent data analysis and visualisation.
To complete the ice core synthesis and model-data comparisons required for EU-TiPES. This will involve working closing with the TiPES UKESM and HadCM3 modellers, and liaising with the wider TiPES community, re: TiPES data synthesis products. The post holder may undertake additional UKESM and HadCM3 simulations. They will work on the statistically sound synthesis of data and model simulations from the cold and warm period tipping points that occurred during the Glacial and Last Interglacial periods, with a focus on abrupt retreats of the Arctic and Antarctic sea ice. The post holder will utilise BAS-held ice core data. They will analysis simulation results and lead papers which communicate the results to the international community.
PhD in atmospheric, earth sciences, maths, or statistics (or equivalent research experience).
* Synthesis data products required for EU-TiPES, with a focus on Dansgaard- Oeschger and Last Interglacial tipping events.
* Liaise closely with EU-TiPES community
* Analysis UKESM, HadCM3, WRF and FAMOUS models results.
* Compare these model results with ice core and other data products for the EU-TiPES project.
* Attend and contribute to TiPES project meetings.
* Work on BAS ice core data.
* Write papers and present results at meetings/conferences.
* Undertake further duties, as appropriate to support the IDP team, such as organising seminars. Liaise with the AIC team. Attend NERC/BAS training and other events as appropriate.
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 65/19
Closing date for receipt of application forms is: 23rd June 2019
Interview date: Week Commencing 1st July 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
- Excellent written and oral communication skills. Fluent in written and spoken English language. - Essential
- Track record of publishing in quality peer-reviewed literature. - Desirable 
Computer / IT skills
- Experience in using Linux/Unix environments for running models and subsequent data analysis/visualisation. - Essential
- Ability to show initiative and to tackle problems independently. - Essential
- Able to work as part of a team, but must also be able to work independently. - Essential
- Ability to work collaboratively with researchers at other institutions, particularly internationally. - Desirable 
- Excellent numerical skills. - Essential
- In-depth statistical knowledge of how to combine data and model output. - Essential
- Knowledge of Python software package - Desirable 
- PhD in atmospheric, earth sciences, maths, or statistics (or equivalent research experience). - Essential
Resource Management ability
- Able to manage self and resources to meet agreed objectives and deadlines - Essential
Skills / Experience
- Experience with using climate model output. - Essential
- Experienced with paleoclimate data. - Essential
- Experience of climate modelling, perhaps running HadCM3 or the UKESM. - Desirable 
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