Research Assistant

Main Description: The British Antarctic Survey (BAS) seeks a Research Assistant to join a small Group working on the Earth’s radiation belts and space weather. The project is to determine the loss of energetic charged particles from the Earth’s radiation belts due to wave-particle interactions and to determine the space radiation environment for different satellite orbits during extreme space weather events. The project is part funded by the EU FP7 programme and will involve analysing satellite data, running existing computer codes on BAS computers, and developing new code to solve scientific problems as required. The successful candidate will be expected to disseminate results via reports and contribute to scientific papers and presentations.

Qualifications: The post requires a number of essential requirements, including a 1st or upper second degree in Physics, Maths or equivalent, two years undergraduate experience in Maths and Physics, and experience writing computer codes in a high level programming language such as FORTRAN or equivalent. The candidate must be able to work as part of a small team and must be able to speak and write English fluently. Desirable but not essential requirements include a PhD in space physics, author of peer reviewed publications, use of IDL or MATLAB and some knowledge of numerical methods to solve partial differential equations.

Duration: The post is based in Cambridge and does not involve Antarctic duties. It is a fixed term appointment for up to 30 months with a preferred starting date of April 2012.

Salary: Salary will be in the range of £19,540 to £23,150 per annum. We offer a generous benefits package including a defined salary pension scheme, free car parking, flexible working hours and 30 days annual leave.

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 13/12
Closing date for receipt of application forms is 11th March 2012
Interviews are scheduled to be held w/c 19th March 2012

We welcome applications from all sections of the community. People from ethnic minorities are currently under-represented and their applications are particularly welcome.