Marine Data Assistants

Cambridge, MA
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Created: July 4, 2013


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. We are currently seeking four marine data assistants to work at our modern complex of offices on the outskirts of Cambridge.

You will be based in the Polar Data Centre working as part of a team of data managers who are responsible for the management of data collected by UK funded scientists in the polar regions. The marine data assistants will form a core element of an exciting new project to enhance the availability and accessibility of BAS marine data. Two of the posts will focus on cruise metadata and events helping to compile a database of what occurred on each and every BAS cruise. One post will focus on BAS multibeam bathymetric data, processing and cleaning the raw data so it can be made available to scientists worldwide for reuse. The final post will focus on processing and cleaning navigational data collected during BAS cruises using a standardised methodology. This will ensure it will always be possible to link what happened on a cruise to where and when it happened.

We are looking for enthusiastic scientists or data managers with knowledge of an aspect of marine science, an ability to learn quickly and who have a high level of attention to detail. You will need a degree, or equivalent work experience, in a related subject area and experience in either managing data, or processing and cleaning data. You need to be able to rapidly understand new datasets - what the data are, and how, and why, they were collected, and be good at spotting errors or quality issues in datasets. You must be able to prioritise tasks, clearly report progress and have the ability to work as a team member and independently with minimal supervision.

Qualifications: Degree (or equivalent work experience) in a scientific or data management subject area

Duration: Each post is a 7 month fixed term, full-time appointment (37 hours per week), ideally starting in early September 2013. Please state in your application if you have a preference for a particular post or whether you are willing to be considered for any of them.

Salary: Salary will be in the range of £19,740 to £23,390 per annum pro-rata. We offer a generous benefits package including a defined salary pension scheme, free car parking, flexible working hours and 30 days annual leave pro-rata.

On-line application forms and further information are available on our website, please click on the 'Apply' button below.

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 89/13
Closing date for receipt of application forms is 28th July 2013
Interviews are scheduled to be held on. w/c 5th August 2013

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

British Antarctic Survey -The Polar Data Centre
Four Posts

Please quote ref no: 89/13

Closing date for applications: 28 Jul 2013 at 11:59pm


Published: Thursday, July 4, 2013 20:26 UTC

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