Lifetime-of-Halley Glaciologist - Cambridge and Antarctica

British Antarctic Survey

Description

BAS requires an experienced glaciologist, or consulting engineer to deliver the monitoring and assessment of glaciological change on Brunt Ice Shelf, and Halley VI Research Station, which is home to up to 80 summer staff, and a vital to many areas of scientific research.

The staff member will be responsible for the development, operation and maintenance of the several instrument networks used to monitor the ice shelf, and for the acquisition and analysis of satellite imagery to support decision-making concerning the safety of infrastructure and personnel. In addition, the post-holder will contribute to related science projects to understand the history, structure and properties of the ice shelf, and may undertake numerical simulation of ice-shelf.

The post-holder who will have experience in glaciological research, or in a consulting engineering role, will be part of an ice-sheet modelling team with BAS, but will also work directly to the Director of Science in developing advice on risk and resilience.

Purpose

The main purpose of this role is to be responsible for the development, operation and maintenance of the several instrument networks used to monitor the ice shelf, and for the acquisition and analysis of satellite imagery to support decision-making concerning the safety of infrastructure and personnel.

Qualification

A good numerate degree in a relevant area, and either a PhD in a relevant subject, or several years in a relevant specialist or engineering/consultancy role.

Duties

  • To be responsible for the delivery of the BAS Lifetime-of-Halley glaciological monitoring programme to support BAS operations on Brunt Ice Shelf.
  • Oversee development, purchase and maintenance of networks of GPS and other monitoring instruments providing year-round monitoring of ice movement.
  • During annual deployments to Antarctica undertake monitoring activities for L-o-H infrastructure and analysis of data to provide advice on current ice-sheet change and contribute to evidenced-opinion on potential for future change.
  • Report to Director of Science, on L-o-H activities and providing high-level advice on time-critical and safety-critical issues.
  • Work with BAS Engineers to develop the instrumentation requirement for L-o-H.
  • Analyse data from L-o-H instruments, and contribute to glaciological advice on any L-o-H and other engineering/operational activities to BAS operations.
  • Contribute to research outcomes in peer-review literature.
  • Undertake any additional duties and one-activities required by BAS 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 82/17a

Closing date for receipt of application forms is: 20th May 2018
Interviews are scheduled to be held on: 7th June 2018
Proposed start date: TBC

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 role.

From April 2018, the British Antarctic Survey, a component part of the Natural Environment Research Council, will be part of UK Research and Innovation. UK Research and Innovation will bring together the seven Research Councils, Innovate UK and a new organisation, Research England. The vision for the new organisation is to be the best research and innovation organisation in the world. More information can be found online at http://www.ukri.org. From April 2018, you will be employed by UK Research and Innovation.

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