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Post-Doctoral Albatross Project Imagery Analyst

British Antarctic Survey - Ecosystems Team

Duration: Initially 1 year


British Antarctic Survey is looking for a Post-Doctoral Researcher to support the new Darwin Plus project “Monitoring albatrosses using very high resolution satellites and citizen science”.

Who We Are

British Antarctic Survey (BAS) delivers and enables world-leading interdisciplinary research in the Polar Regions. Its skilled science and support staff based in Cambridge, Antarctica and the Arctic, work together to deliver research that uses the Polar Regions to advance our understanding of Earth as a sustainable planet. Through its extensive logistic capability and know how BAS facilitates access for the British and international science community to the UK polar research operation. Numerous national and international collaborations, combined with an excellent infrastructure help sustain a world leading position for the UK in Antarctic affairs. British Antarctic Survey is a component of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). NERC is part of UK Research and Innovation

We employ experts from many different professions to carry out our science as well as keep the keep the lights on, feed the research and support teams and keep everyone safe! If you are looking for an opportunity to work with amazing people in amazing places then British Antarctic Survey could be for you. We aim to attract the best people for those jobs.


The purpose of this job to is help develop a citizen science platform to count albatrosses on islands in the Southern Ocean using remote-sensing data. This is part of a new project funded by Darwin Plus which focuses on these threatened species. You will work with high-resolution optical satellite imagery to estimate numbers of wandering and Tristan albatrosses across islands, and to compare results with ground counts in areas where there is regular monitoring. You will help develop a web-based app where the crowd can count individual albatrosses in each image chip. Your role is to help source the satellite imagery and develop the application, negotiate with the satellite provider, and write instructions and background material for the citizen science platform, reports to the funder and a scientific paper.


Doctoral degree in remote sensing or ecology. The candidate should have good written English, and preferably a good knowledge of web-based applications. Preference will be given to candidates who have experience of using satellite imagery in ecology or conservation.


  • Imagery assessment and analysis.
  • Write project information for the website.
  • Plan image acquisition and order ground truthing imagery.
  • Negotiate with MAXAR on citizen science app.
  • Count albatross on imagery and analysis of varience and counting accuracy of Bird Island and Gough imagery.
  • Corresponding with stakeholders including UK Overseas Territories to develop linked materials for the project website.
  • Writing scientific papers contributing to Darwin+ project reports and future grants.

Please quote reference for any queries: BAS 21/114
Publication date: 26 August 2021
Closing date for receipt of application forms is: 26 September 2021
Interview date: 13 October

At BAS, our vision is to be a world-leading centre for polar science and operations. Making our vision a reality depends on the excellence and diversity of our staff. We are committed to creating a workplace where all our staff can flourish and succeed. BAS is a Disability Confident employer, we are proud to hold a bronze Athena Swan award and we are a member of enei, the Employers Network for Equality & Inclusion.

We appreciate the importance of achieving work-life balance and support this with a number of family and carer-friendly policies. Plus a flexible working policy for those who may wish to amend their working pattern or arrangement.

Location: Cambridge
Salary: £31,931 to £39,915 per annum. We offer generous benefits
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 24th August 2021
Closes: 26th September 2021
Job Ref: BAS 21/114
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