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Atmospheric Chemist

British Antarctic Survey - Atmosphere, Ice and Climate Team

Location: Cambridge
Salary: £31,931 to £34,709 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 6th September 2021
Closes: 19th September 2021
Job Ref: BAS 21/113

Fixed Term Appointment (2 years)

We offer generous benefits

Location: Cambridge and Arctic cruise


British Antarctic Survey are looking for an Atmospheric Chemist to join the team delivering an atmospheric chemistry cruise in the Arctic in summer 2022 as part of the externally-funded project SEANA (Shipping Emissions in the Arctic and North Atlantic atmosphere).

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.
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 to 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.


This role is part of the externally-funded project SEANA (Shipping Emissions in the Arctic and North Atlantic atmosphere). The main purpose of this job is to work as part of a team to deliver an atmospheric chemistry cruise in the Arctic in summer 2022. Responsibilities include playing a major role in organising the BAS component of the cruise, and running BAS instruments during the cruise. The job holder will also analyse and interpret the data obtained during the campaign. They will also disseminate the findings through publication of peer-reviewed articles, and presentations at national and international conferences.


PhD in atmospheric chemistry or equivalent experience. Alternatively, MSc in the atmospheric chemistry plus some relevant research experience in operating atmospheric chemistry instruments.


  • As part of a team they will be involved in preparing instrumentation ahead of a roughly 6 week atmospheric chemistry cruise in the Arctic summer.
  • They will take part in the cruise, running and trouble shooting instruments in order to derive high quality datasets.
  • They will manage the observational data sets collected during field campaign, ensuring appropriate curation.
  • They will analyse and interpret the obtained observational data sets. They will publish the results of these analyses in peer reviewed journals and present at science meetings/conferences.

Please quote reference for any queries: BAS 21/113
Publication date: 25/08/2021
Closing date for receipt of application forms is: 19th September 2021
Interviews are scheduled to be held on: 6th & 7th October 2021

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.

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