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British Antarctic Survey

British Antarctic Survey

British Antarctic Survey

British Antarctic Survey (BAS) is one of the world's leading environmental research centres and is responsible for the UK's national scientific activities in Antarctica.


Cambridge, United Kingdom

29 May 2013

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Research Experience Placement

Awesome opportunity to become a numerical analyst for polar atmospheric science study.

Cambridge, United Kingdom

Applicants are required to hold the relevant Visas/Work Permits

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Please quote ref no: BAS 74/13
Closing date for applications: 14 Jun 2013 at 11:59pm

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

NERC is running the Research Experience Placements scheme (REP) for a third year. The NERC scheme will be restrictive in terms of student eligibility as it is aimed to address the shortage of individuals with quantitative skills coming into environmental science. NERC wishes to use this scheme to encourage more of these individuals to consider a career in environmental research.

To be eligible the student must:
• Be undertaking the placement in a different department to their undergraduate degree
• Be in the middle of their first degree studies (or integrated Masters)
• Be expected to obtain a first or upper second class UK honours degree
• Be eligible for subsequent NERC PhD funding (UK, EU or right to remain in the UK)

An 8 week placement is available to work with scientists studying the chemistry of the Antarctic atmosphere. The work will specifically focus on understanding sources of bromine to the springtime polar atmosphere, and testing a hypothesis that there is a link to high wind speed storm systems over sea ice. 
The work is computer-based, and will involve using a combination of satellite measurements of bromine monoxide (BrO) and meteorological parameters (in particular wind speed) to look for associations between periods of enhanced BrO and high wind speeds. The study will be carried out initially for Antarctic data, but then repeated for the Arctic. We anticipate that the results may be different in the two regions, and if so, we will probe in more depth to understand why. 
On a day-to-day basis the project will involve working with large datasets, potentially re-gridding them to allow direct comparison, and carrying out straightforward data analyses. 
This is a topic of considerable interest within the polar atmospheric science community, and we anticipate writing a paper about the results. The successful candidate would be included as co-author.

The project will be supervised by Dr Anna Jones and Dr Gareth Marshall.

Qualifications: Must be expected to obtain a first or upper second class UK honours degree

Must be in the middle of a first degree (or integrated Masters) studying a quantitative discipline (e.g. mathematics, statistics, computing, engineering, physics)

Duration: 8 weeks fixed term appointment - ideal start date 12th August 2013

Salary: £250.00 per week

Applications should consist of CV and cover letter. Please ensure you meet all of the required criteria before submitting your application. In addition, we will require an academic reference prior to interview.

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