Job Opportunity: Principal Researcher in Environmental AI with the British Antarctic Survey


British Antarctic Survey is looking for a Principal Researcher in Environmental Artificial Intelligence to support and help manage the BAS AI Lab, to win funding and sustain the growth of this emerging research area.

What is the role about?

The British Antarctic Survey’s Artificial Intelligence Lab is looking to hire a Principal Researcher to lead research that applies data science and AI methods to environmental science. BAS are looking for a dynamic leader with a proven track record of securing external funding to significantly grow this research activity at the British Antarctic Survey. The post holder will work in collaboration with partner organisations, including: The Alan Turing Institute; international research institutes; University networks; and two Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs) in Earth Observation and AI for Environmental Risk. Candidates will be experts in data science and artificial intelligence, with leadership experience working in an interdisciplinary setting within the context of environmental science.

British Antarctic Survey

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. Through its extensive logistic capability and know how BAS facilitates access for the British and international science community to the UK polar research operation. Numerous national and international collaborations, combined with an excellent infrastructure help sustain a world leading position for the UK in Antarctic affairs. British Antarctic Survey is a component of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). NERC is part of UK Research and Innovation.


Areas where AI research could be developed include:

  • Monitoring the Earth from satellite images
  • Monitoring the oceans and glacial systems

  • Modelling and prediction of extreme events

  • Environmental sensor networks

  • Digital Twinning for the natural environment

  • Impact of climate change on water security

  • Using AI methods and models to inform policy


A PhD or equivalent experience in a relevant field


  • To conduct outstanding, creative and innovative research in AI for environmental science, and to develop internationally significant outcomes through high-impact publications.
  • To work collaboratively with key partners (e.g. from research councils, charities, industry and government departments) to develop new research ideas.
  • To obtain external funding to underpin and grow the research activity in this area at the British Antarctic Survey (BAS).
  • To take online management responsibilities for staff, and supervise students
  • To disseminate research to both academic and non-academic audiences (including public engagement) and seek ways to develop societal impact.
  • To represent BAS to key stakeholders, such as funding agencies, and Government.
  • To play a role in advancing the BAS AI Lab
  • To contribute to the smooth-running of the organisation as and when required
  • Some teaching/training may be required as part of collaboration work

Application Deadline: 6th December 2020
For more information and how to apply, click here.

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