Data Scientist

British Antarctic Survey (BAS)

Direct Entry Job 2 years Cambridge, UK

Uploaded 1 Sep 2020

Job Description

The main purpose of the job is to design, construct and validate a new database of the plasma waves in near-Earth space, from altitudes of ~1000 km to beyond geosynchronous orbit, using data from multiple satellite missions going back to 1990. This will involve organizing ~20 years of plasma wave data and associated parameters from different satellite missions and requires significant specialist experience in both writing and manipulating large numerical databases. The role will also involve the construction of a database of geomagnetic indices and solar wind parameters to investigate how the plasma wave data can be best organised for different levels of solar and geomagnetic activity. Once the database has been created, the successful applicant will use it to calculate new wave diffusion coefficients for the BAS Radiation Belt Model using the PADIE code. The job will require frequent updates and presentations at team meetings and leading research papers in collaboration with other members of the SWA team.

Duties

  • Design, construct and validate a new plasma wave database using data from multiple satellite missions
  • Investigate the best way to organise the plasma wave data for different levels of solar and geomagnetic activity
  • Running the PADIE computer code and organising outputs
  • Leading research papers in collaboration with other members of the team
  • Presentations at monthly meetings and scientific conferences

Person Specification

BSc/MSc in physics or closely related subject.