April 2017
Message 54

[Periods|Index by:DateThreadSubjectAuthor|Date:PreviousNext|Thread:(Previous)(Next)|List Information]

[Met-jobs] Earth Systems Modeller Vacancy at British Antarctic Survey

From "Leung, Pui-Man" <>
To "" <>
Date Tue, 18 Apr 2017 10:41:57 +0000

Dear all,


Earth System Modeller – Cambridge


Job reference:                  BAS 44/17

Contract type:                   Full Time

Duration:                             Fixed Term Appointment (36 Months)

Salary:                                   In the range of £28,200 and £30,600 per annum

Benefits:                              We offer generous benefits

Team:                                   Ice Dynamics and Palaeoclimate team

Location:                              Cambridge

Closing date:                      10 May, 2017 11:59 pm

Interview date:                 w/c 22nd May 2017

Start date:                           1st August


Apply online:


The British Antarctic Survey (BAS), part of the Natural Environment Research Council, runs a world-class programme of scientific research and sustains, for the UK, an active and influential regional presence and a leadership role in Antarctic affairs.


We are seeking an Earth System Modeller to lead and develop brand new areas of BAS research. The postholder will investigate the causes of the Last Interglacial Antarctic sea ice retreat which occurred 130 to 116 000 years ago, and in so doing deliver the key Earth System Modelling component of a new NERC project “Retreat of Southern Hemisphere Sea Ice, 130 000 to 116 000 years BP”. They will use ice and marine core evidence, alongside running UK Earth System Models for the period of the warm Last Interglacial. They will be trained in the use of the UKESM1 and CICE earth system and sea ice models and will use these models to simulate sea ice, and wider climate, changes. The output from their model simulations will be analysed, and evaluated against the evidence of Last Interglacial sea ice and climate/ocean changes. During this evaluation, the candidate will gain an indepth knowledge of this area of science. The postholder will liase with key MetOffice and CICE project partners. They will be invited to attend all relevant NCAS and MetOffice courses. These courses, alongside the project support from our MetOffice and CICE partners, will help enable the postholder to: set up the files required to run these models; run the simulations; analysis the model results; and compare them to our sea ice reconstruction datasets. They will use the ARCHER supercomputer and JASMIN large data analysis facility. They will present their findings at meetings and international conferences, and will publish in leading peer-reviewed scientific journals.


The postholder will undertake and lead research in the Earth System Modelling and Antarctic sea ice retreat: they will set up and analysis UKESM1 and CICE simulation of the last warm interglacial period, with a focus on understanding the huge retreat of Antarctic sea ice that took place during this interval.


Key areas of research will include:

1.                   Use of the UKESM1 and CICE earth system and sea ice models.

2.                   Liasing with our MetOffice and CICE project partners.

3.                   Setting up and running UKESM1 and CICE standalone model simulations.

4.                   Simulating the sea ice, and wider climate changes, which occurred during the past warm period known as the Last Interglacial (from 130 to 116 000 years ago).

5.                   Analysis of the model output, and evaluation against evidence of Last Interglacial sea ice changes, including comparison of simulated sea ice changes against our ice and marine core sea ice reconstruction datasets.

6.                   Use of the ARCHER supercomputer and JASMIN large data analysis facility.

7.                   Presentation of key findings at meetings and international conferences and publication in leading peer-reviewed scientific journals.


This is an exciting opportunity to be a key member of a world class scientific team delivering science for in a brand new area of research: modelling the last large retreat of Antarctic sea ice retreat. The postholder will work as part of the BAS Ice Sheet Dynamics and Paleoclimate Team, which includes scientists involved in studies of the Antarctic ice sheet, sea ice, and climate during the past 800 000 years. They will be one of the main representatives of BAS in Earth System Modelling at a variety of International scientific meetings.


Further information and application forms can be found on our website here:


If you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact me via email or phone.


Many thanks,



Pui-Man Leung

Human Resources

British Antarctic Survey

High Cross

Madingley Road





Telephone: 01223 221354

Visit our website at:


This message (and any attachments) is for the recipient only. NERC is subject to the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and the contents of this email and any reply you make may be disclosed by NERC unless it is exempt from release under the Act. Any material supplied to NERC may be stored in an electronic records management system.

Go to: Periods · List Information · Index by: Date (or Reverse Date), Thread, Subject or Author.