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Bird Island Science Manager

British Antarctic Survey

Location: Cambridge
Salary: £39,748 to £50,790 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Fixed-Term/Contract
Placed On: 12th October 2021
Closes: 7th November 2021
Job Ref: BAS 21/124
 

The British Antarctic Survey are looking for a Bird Island Science Manager.

Purpose

To manage the long-term monitoring and targeted research projects on higher predators (seals, albatrosses, penguins and petrels) at Bird Island. This includes: management of Bird Island, including infrastructure, databases, purchasing, equipment, development of new technologies, public outreach, permits, risk assessment, liaison with Operations, Corporate Services, Science etc.; recruiting, directing and supporting the 6 zoological field assistants; managing the bird ringing and tracking programmes; managing and developing the long-term monitoring and demography databases; personal scientific research as lead and in support of other members of Ecosystems and external collaborators; applying for external grants as PI or Co-I; publishing papers as lead or co-author in peer-reviewed journals. The post holder may also be required to provide specialist support across the Ecosystems Team and other science teams in BAS.

Qualification

Good first degree or Masters in biological or environmental sciences. PhD in biology, ecology, marine science or related field.

Duties:

Bird Island Science Management

  • Manage the science infrastructure at Bird Island.
  • Equipment purchases.
  • BAS management committees and meetings relating to Bird Island
  • Permit applications and reports (South Georgia Govt., animal welfare)
  • Risk assessments.
  • Lead annual recruitment of new Bird Island Zoological Field Assistants.
  • Manage training of the Bird Island Zoological Field Assistants.
  • Manage the Bird Island Zoological Field Assistants in the field.
  • Manage the bird ringing programmes.
  • Manage and develop the predator demography databases and data-entry systems.
  • Ecosystems representative on NPRAM.
  • Public outreach (including web pages) for the long-term predator monitoring programmes.

Scientific Research

  • Lead targeted research projects generating primary science outputs in seabird and marine mammal research
  • Deliver a key piece of software or key dataset, or publish on average at least one first-author paper per year in a high-quality journal.
  • Contribute on average to two or more papers as co-author per year
  • Develop grant applications (including NERC standard grants or equivalent as PI or Co-I) to undertake innovative predator research, with a strong focus on Bird Island.
  • Generate proposals for development of innovative technical systems and capital equipment bids for predator research.
  • Code bespoke extracts from the long-term demography and tracking databases for BAS and external collaborators.
  • Manage the Predators Argos tracking programs.
  • Provide specialist IT, data science, analysis and support to the Predators team, PhD students and Polar Data Centre.
  • Maintain/build web pages and associated data feeds for tracking studies.

Please quote reference for any queries: BAS 21/124
Interviews are scheduled to be held on: 23 November 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 EmployersNetwork 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.

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