Sub-Ice Shelf Physical Oceanographer

Sub-Ice Shelf Physical Oceanographer

BAS - British Antarctic Survey

Cambridge, United Kingdom

The British Antarctic Survey (BAS) is looking for a talented Physical Oceanographer to join our Polar Oceans team. You’ll be joining our group of observational and modelling specialists who are working to understand ocean driven melting of the Antarctic Ice Sheet and its influence on global sea-level rise.

You’ll help us to deliver the observational component of two separate projects. The overarching aim of these projects is to understand how ocean variability impacts the rate of ice shelf basal melting; and quantify the small-scale turbulent processes that are involved.

In this role, you will have the opportunity to participate in a 2.5 month deep-field hot water drilling campaign on Thwaites Ice Shelf in West Antarctica (subject to medical clearance). You will help plan the field observations and aid the collection of observations in the field, before leading the analysis of the observations and the resulting publication of the results.

Our perfect candidate would have a good understanding of ocean and climate dynamics, can demonstrate experience analysing and interpreting ocean observations, and has experience using oceanographic instrumentation. However, we would also welcome applications from individuals who are changing field or approach.

If we’ve just described you, we’d love to hear from you! Informal enquiries about this post are very welcome and should be addressed to Peter Davis ( The post will commence on 1st July 2024, or at an agreed later date.

Your main responsibilities will include:

  • Collating and analysing oceanographic data collected from the Southern Ocean and in front of or beneath Totten, Denman, Thwaites and Fimbul ice shelves
  • Quantifying large- and small-scale ocean-ice shelf interactions for these target ice shelves
  • Participating in a deep-field hot water drilling campaign on Thwaites Ice Shelf
  • Leading high-quality publications resulting from these analyses
  • Attending project and work package meetings and engaging with associated partners

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