Ocean/Ice Climate Modeller – British Antarctic Survey


The British Antarctic Survey (BAS) is looking for an Ocean/Ice Climate Modeller to investigate controls over sea-level rise from the Antarctic Ice Sheet using ocean modelling within coupled climate and ice-sheet models.


The British Antarctic Survey (BAS) delivers and enables world-leading interdisciplinary research in the Polar Regions. Its skilled science and support staff based in Cambridge, Antarctica and the Arctic, work together to deliver research that uses the Polar Regions to advance our understanding of Earth as a sustainable planet.

The Antarctic Ice Sheet is losing ice, causing sea-level rise, and has a highly uncertain future trajectory. As part of a large UK-wide collaboration, we have recently produced the first projections of Antarctic ice-sheet evolution using a dynamic ice sheet within a global climate model (the UK Earth System Model). BAS scientists have led the ocean modelling within this collaboration, since ocean melting of floating ice shelves is the major forcing of the ongoing ice-sheet change.

We now wish to recruit a 5-year ocean modelling position to lead our future work on coupled climate—ice sheet evolution. The postholder will use coupled ocean—ice sheet (NEMO and BISICLES) and global climate—ice sheet (UKESM) models to investigate the climatic forcing of ice-sheet evolution on centennial timescales.

This work will be conducted as part of a wider project including 8 NERC centres and the Met Office, studying many aspects of future climate change. The postholder will lead a programme of science in collaboration with oceanographers at BAS, climate modelling experts at the National Centre for Atmospheric Science and ice-sheet modellers at the Centre for Polar Observation and Modelling.

Informal enquiries about the post are very welcome and should be addressed to Professor Paul Holland (p.holland@bas.ac.uk)


Investigate controls over sea-level rise from the Antarctic Ice Sheet using ocean modelling within coupled climate and ice-sheet models.


PhD in physics, maths or similar discipline, or equivalent experience.


  • Investigate sea-level rise from Antarctica on centennial (to 2100) and multi-centennial (to 2300 and 2500) time scales.
  • Investigate the potential for rapid sea-level rise through ice-shelf collapse.
  • Lead the development and maintenance of ocean components of Antarctic ocean—ice sheet (NEMO—BISICLES) and global climate–ice sheet (UKESM) models.
  • Maintain a strong record of publication in high-quality journals and presentation at international conferences.
  • Represent BAS at UKESM meetings and within the BAS/NCAS/CPOM/Met Office collaboration.

Please quote reference for any queries: BAS 22/33
Publication date: 18 January 2022
Closing date for receipt of application forms is: 6 February
Interviews are scheduled for: 22 February
Nominal start date: 1 April (flexible)

At BAS, our vision is to be a world-leading centre for polar science and operations. Making our vision a reality depends on the excellence and diversity of our staff. We are committed to creating a workplace where all our staff can flourish and succeed. BAS is a Disability Confident employer, we are proud to hold a bronze Athena Swan award and we are a member of enei, the Employers Network for Equality & Inclusion.

We appreciate the importance of achieving work-life balance and support this with a number of family and carer-friendly policies. Plus a flexible working policy for those who may wish to amend their working pattern or arrangement.

Learn more and apply: https://www.bas.ac.uk/jobs/vacancy/ocean-ice-climate-modeller

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