Ice-Ocean Modeller

Job reference: BAS 36/17
Salary: In the range of £28,200 to £30,600 per annum
Location: Cambridge
Closing date: 9 April, 2017 9:01 am


The British Antarctic Survey is currently looking for an Ice-Ocean Modeller to join the Ice Dynamics and Palaeo-climate Team. The successful candidate will be an experienced Ice Ocean Modeller with an excellent academic profile including a strong mathematical background and a track record of running ocean models on high-performance computing facilities and interpreting the results.


The successful candidate will have to demonstrate that they have previously been involved in developing numerical ice-flow models and run the model.

To run a regional ice flow model (Ua) of Ronne-Filchner ice shelf and all tributaries and to couple this model with an ocean model (MITgcm). Forecast the contribution of the area to global sea level change on a time scale of centuries.


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


  • Set up and develop a regional ice flow model. Invert for model parameters such as basal slipperiness and englacial viscosity.
  • Carry out simulations with the numerical ice-flow model in support of the objectives of the Ua-MITgcm projects.
  • Test sensitivity of model to melt around the grounding line, and determine the length-scales of horizontal stress transmission across grounding lines.
  • Couple the ice-flow model with an ocean plume model and test and develop the plume model by comparing calculated melt rates with new estimates of ocean-induced ice-shelf melting.
  • Run a fully coupled ice-ocean model of Ronne-Filchner ice shelf using the ice flow model Úa and the ocean circulation model MITgcm.
  • Attend project meetings to report on progress and share results.
  • Present model developments and scientific results in the peer-reviewed literature and at conferences.

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 36/17 Closing date for receipt of application forms is: 9th April 2017 Interviews are scheduled to be held on: w/c 1st 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.

published: 10 March 2017     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.