Posted 06 Apr
The British Antarctic Survey (BAS)

Ocean Modeller (MITgcm)

Cambridge, United Kingdom Full Time
Salary: £28,200 and £30,600 per annum

The British Antarctic Survey (BAS) is looking for an Ocean Modeller (MITgcm) to join the Polar Oceans/Shelf Seas Team. In this position, the successful candidate will be updating existing models following recent field campaigns on Filchner Ice Shelf, investigating the sensitivity of ocean circulation and ice shelf melting, using the results to optimise the model and produce a forecast of ice shelf melt rates. The successful candidates must have practical experience in the development and running of numerical models of ocean circulation, experience in the numerical solution of partial differential equations, experience on both Unix and PC-based systems and knowledge of Fortran.


To develop, test, run and evaluate a high-resolution regional ocean model of the Weddell Sea, including the ice shelves.


First degree in physical science/mathematics plus PhD (or equivalent)


- Update an existing high-resolution model domain with new data on sub-ice-shelf geometry collected during recent field campaigns on Filchner Ice Shelf.
- Investigate the sensitivity of ocean circulation and ice shelf melting to critical model parameters.
- Investigate the sensitivity of ocean circulation and ice shelf melting to high- and low-resolution surface forcing.
- Use the results of the sensitivity studies to optimise the model, using observations of sub-ice circulation and ice shelf melt rates collected during recent field campaigns on Filchner-Ronne Ice Shelf.
- Using the optimised regional configuration, derive the ice shelf melt rates resulting from steady climatological forcing the impact of prescribed perturbations in forcing.

Additional Application Instructions

On-line application forms and further information are available on our website at 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 30/17 Closing date for receipt of application forms is: 30th April 2017 Interviews are scheduled to be held on: w/c 22nd May 2017 Start Date: June 2017 We welcome applications from all sections of the community. People from ethnic minorities are currently under-represented and their applications are particularly welcome.

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