Open calls or position vacancies

  • The British Antarctic Survey: Climate/Ocean Modeller to apply the UK Earth System Model atmosphere and ocean components to the study of past and future Antarctica and global climate change. Deadline: 14 November 2021. 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 If you are looking for an opportunity to work with amazing people in amazing places, then British Antarctic Survey could be for you. We aim to attract the best people for those jobs. Purpose: The successful candidate will develop and run water tracer simulations in UKESM (and an earlier version of the physical model, HadCM3). The post will therefore involve running and analysing new isotope-enabled simulations; compiling paleoclimate data; and evaluating past and present day simulations against observations. The post-holder will work closely with the TiPES UKESM-water isotope coding group, which is led by BAS and includes collaborators from the Met Office and Prof Paul Valdes group at the University of Bristol. TiPES is a major Horizon 2020 funded project that runs from 2019 to 2023. The main object is to better quantify the tipping elements that are present in the climate system and to ensure that climate projections also include these. The post-holder will be a strong position to (co-)develop their own research directions after this post. To be successful in this role, you must have experience in the use of atmosphere/ocean models and experience of computer programming on linux-based systems.
    • Qualification: PhD in atmospheric, earth sciences, maths, or statistics (or equivalent research experience).

    • Duties:

      • Run HadCM3 and the UKESM for the Last Interglacial, and other time periods, with water isotopes.
      • Gather required water isotope datasets, with a focus on Antarctic observations.
      • Evaluate your HadCM3/UKESM simulations against your datasets.
      • Complete and analyse UKESM simulations for the EU-TiPES and EU-WACSWAIN projects.
      • Attend and contribute to project meetings.
      • Write papers and present results at meetings/conferences.
      • Attend training and other events (international conferences and seminars) as appropriate.
      • Develop own independent research program.
    • Please quote reference for any queries: BAS 21/127
    • Apply here
      Publication date:20 October 2021
      Closing date for receipt of application forms is: 14 November 2021
      Interviews are scheduled to be held on Zoom on: 1 December 2021
    • 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.
  •     INTERACT Transnational Access Call. Deadine: 30th November 2021.

The EU-H2020 funded INTERACT (International Network for Terrestrial Research and Monitoring in the Arctic) opens a call for research groups to apply for Transnational Access and Remote Access to 47 (TA) and 30 (RA) research stations.

The sites are located across the Arctic and northern alpine and forest areas in Europe, Russia and North-America and they represent a variety of glacier, mountain, tundra, boreal forest, peatland and freshwater ecosystems, providing opportunities for researchers from natural sciences to human dimension. Transnational Access includes free access (either physical or remote) for user groups/users to research facilities and field sites, including support for travel and logistic costs. Overall, INTERACT provides three different modalities of access: Transnational and Remote Access that are applied through annual calls, and Virtual Access which means free access to data from stations, available at all times in the INTERACT Data Portal.

The current call for Transnational and Remote Access applications is open until 30th November 2021, and it is for access taking place between April 2022 and March 2023. Regarding COVID-19 and the ongoing call, we reserve the possibility to modify the call, postpone the granted accesses or negotiate a shift from physical access to remote access if the situation and safety regulations so require. You can find the TA/RA Call information, descriptions of stations and their facilities, and registration to the INTERACCESS on-line application system from the INTERACT website. Apply INTERACT Transnational Access to conduct research at the coolest places of the North!

  • Communcations Officer - European Polar Board. Deadline: 1st December 2021. The European Polar Board is looking for a Communications Officer to join its Secretariat, based in The Hague, Netherlands. Full details of the vacancy are below and at the link here: The European Polar Board (EPB) is an independent organisation that focuses on major scientific, policy and strategic priorities in both the Arctic and Antarctic regions.

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  • University of Bergen - Project Manager (Advisor) for Synoptic Arctic Survey (SAS) Geophysical Institute. Deadline 9 November 2021. At the Geophysical institute we have an open permanent position as Project Manager (Advisor) for the international secretariat of the Synoptic Arctic Survey, hosted by Norway and the UiB. The position is jointly funded by strategic allocations from the UiB and by the EU H2020 project ArcticPassion. The initial scope of the position may change with time, depending on future funding. About the project: SAS is a bottom-up, researcher driven, initiative collecting vast amounts of empirical data in the Arctic Ocean through a set of coordinated expeditions onboard ice breakers and other types of research vessels. The goal with SAS is a complete characterization of Arctic hydrography and circulation, carbon uptake and ocean acidification, tracer distribution and pollution, and organismal and ecosystem functioning and productivity. The current period for SAS runs from 2020-2022. A follow-up is planned for 2030 (SAS II) to give a decadal time window, overlapping with the UN's Ocean Decade. 
    • Work tasks: The project coordinator will oversee and coordinate the activities of the SAS and ensure that they interact with ArcticPassion and other potential projects. The activities include: comprehensive tracking of research cruises, information management and distribution including maintaining webpages and social media, organization of webinars and workshops, networking including promoting SAS among stakeholders and policy makers. 
    • Qualifications and personal qualities
      • Applicants must preferably hold a PhD or an equivalent degree. Formal education can in special cases be compensated by long and relevant experience combined with relevant courses.
      • Knowledge of Arctic science and science-policy issues is preferable.
      • Excellent communication and organizational skills are required, also across disciplines, information, including over the internet and social media.
      • Applicants must be proficient in both written and oral English.
      • Applicants must be able to work independently and as part of a team; good collaborative skills will be emphasized.
      • Applicants must like to work with complex problems and operations.
      • Applicants must be patient and be able to work under pressure. 
    • We can offer:
      • A good professionally stimulating working environment
      • Salary as Advisor (code 1434) at pay grade 61- 64 according to the state salary scale. This constitutes a gross annual salary of NOK 553 500 - 583 500. For particularly highly qualified applicants, a higher salary may be considered.
      • Enrolment in the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund
      • Good welfare benefits
    • For further details about the position, please contact Professor Are Olsen, Geophysical Institute, or Kristin Kalvik, Head of Administration,  

      The state labour force shall reflect the diversity of Norwegian society to the greatest extent possible. Age and gender balance among employees is therefore a goal. People with immigrant backgrounds and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply for the position. 

      Information about applicants may be made public even if the applicant has asked not to be named on the list of persons who have applied. The applicant must be notified if the request to be omitted is not met.

      Further information about our employment process can be found here. Apply for this job here.

  • Northumbria University, Newcastle UK: Research fellow - Glacier Dynamics and Ocean Interactions. Deadline: 31st October 2021. This is a two-year funded post through the EU project Tipping Points in Antarctic Climate ComponentsYou will be working as a part of a large international team including researchers at Northumbria University, Newcastle, and several other European research groups ( work involves running ice-flow and simplified ocean circulations models (plume and box models) and contributing to the further development and testing of the model configuration. There is considerable scope for exploring new research directions and testing and trying new methodologies to understand that stability regime of the coupled ice+ocean system.
    • You must hold a PhD degree in earth sciences, physical geography, physics, mathematics, or related fields. Previous experience in ice-flow modelling and/or the use of ocean circulations models is of advantage, but not an essential requirement.
    • The deadline for submitting the application is 31 October 2021.
    • For informal enquiries about this post please contact Prof. G. Hilmar Gudmundsson (Hilmar.Gudmundsson@northumbria.,
  • EU-PolarNet 2 survey on “Polar Observing Assets”: 30th September 2021. The diverse and distributed nature of observing systems in polar regions presents a fundamental challenge for assessment, planning, integration, and synthesis. There is an interest in creating overviews of these systems, since this, among other things, will allow more efficient use of facilities and allow for the understanding of where gaps in observation capacities exist. There is an interest in knowing answers to questions like “Who is going where? When are they going? What will they observe? What observing equipment will they have there? Who is responsible for organizing logistics?”, etc. The purpose of this EU-PolarNet 2 ( survey is to seek to create an overview of existing sources of information on polar observing facilities, systems and activities. This will allow the definition of procedures that can access these sources and compile the information from the various sources. Please complete by 1st August. EU-PolarNet 2 seeks support from the European Polar Community to develop ideas for concrete research activities. For this purpose, EU-PolarNet 2 will open Calls for Services for all six research needs of the European Polar Research Programme:
      1. Better understanding of climate change in the Polar Regions and its links to lower latitudes
      2. Informed weather and climate action
      3. Resilient socio-ecological systems
      4. Prospering communities in the Arctic
      5. Challenges and Opportunities for Polar Operations
      6. Inclusive creation, access and usage of knowledge.

The Call for Services offers financial support of up to 15.000 € to cover expenses necessary for successfully implementing the proposed activities. Applications are welcome from European researchers and/or stake- and rightholders. Early-career and female applicants are encouraged to apply. Check for the full eligibility criteria, funding conditions and submission guidelines here: This first Call for Services asks to formulate activities related to research needs 4 and 6 above. The Call stays open for submissions until 30th September 2021.

  • SIOS Innovation Award: Deadline: 10th September 2021.Have you heard about the SIOS Innovation Award? We are looking for proposals for innovations in support of Earth System Science in Svalbard. If you have a good idea, take a look at our website for further information: Application deadline: 10th September 2021.
  • KEPLER- Maritime and Research sector needs workshop on Wednesday 19th May 2021 (13:30- 17:00 CET). With contributions from ARCSAR and ARICE. Registration 
  • ECR for the Remote Sensing Working Group: SIOS offers the opportunity for an ECR with expertise in remote sensing to become involved in our international organisation and develop important organisational skills.
  • Research Associate/Senior Research Associate Earth Observation scientist for EU Arctic PASSION: Closing date 5th August. The role: We seek an experienced Earth Observation scientist with a background in polar research, preferably related to Arctic glaciers and/or the Greenland Ice Sheet. You will be part of an international team of scientists working on an exciting and ambitious EU funded four-year project to develop an integrated, holistic observing system for the Arctic. The focus of your part of the project is on an Arctic land ice observing system. Project webpage:  What will you be doing? You will be developing approaches and tools for providing comprehensive observations of key environmental variables related to land ice cover across the Arctic. You will be assessing the impact of different sensor and satellite configurations for both existing and future missions, testing and optimising the observing concept to provide the best possible set-up for Arctic land ice. You will be working with leading groups across Europe and beyond to integrate the land ice concept into a complete Arctic observing system. You should apply if: You have a background in Earth Observation and polar research, are ambitious, a good team player, committed to excellence, keen to publish impactful research and excited about being part of an ambitious international project.  Additional information: For informal queries, contact details: Jonathan Bamber, +44 117 428 2490,  Salary range £33,797-£42,792 depending on experience. Further details and application procedure: We welcome applications from all members of our community and are particularly encouraging those from diverse groups, such as members of the LGBT+ and BAME communities, to join us.
  • ESA is opening a number of post-doc positions in EO for Earth System Science, to come and work in ESRIN, Frascati.The different topics include Polar and Cryosphere science, Ocean science, Hydrology and Water cycle, Terrestrial Carbon cycle, Climate adaptation: extremes and natural disasters.For more information, for more information please click here. Closing date 28th June 2021
  • Toolik Field Station - Web Developer - deadline for applications: 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, June 6, 2021 Toolik Field Station (TFS) is a research station operated and managed by the Institute of Arctic Biology at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF). TFS provides logistical, operational, and scientific support to visiting scientists conducting Arctic research. Located 370 miles north of Fairbanks, Alaska and about two degrees north of the arctic circle. The field station population ebbs and flows throughout the year with a minimum population of 4 in the winter and up to 150 in the summer. For a detailed description of the job duties or to apply, follow this link to the University of Alaska Careers page: UA is an AA/EO employer and educational institution and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual:  
  • DEEPICE PhD positions: The DEEPICE project, funded by the European Commission under the Horizon 2020 programme (Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions – Innovative Training Network) calls for applications for 15 fully funded PhD positions (early-stage researcher, ESR) to be filled between July and October 2021, with attractive complementary training activities and associated research and travel budgets. DEEPICE aims to train a new generation of scientists working on issues related to past climate change in Antarctica by taking advantage of the unique scientific dynamic of the on-going EU H2020 “Beyond EPICA-Oldest Ice Core” project (2019-2025) which aims at extracting a 1.5 million years old ice core in Antarctica.

The EU Polar Cluster website is hosted by the European Polar Board, and managed by the British Antarctic Survey.