Research Associate in Glaciology and Communications Engineering

Cardiff, Wales
33,199 - 39,609
Nov 06, 2018
Dec 05, 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

Research Associate in Glaciology and Communications Engineering
The School of Earth and Ocean Sciences at Cardiff University is a dynamic and successful multi-disciplinary centre devoted to research in the disciplines of Earth and Ocean Sciences.

Applications are invited for an Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) funded Postdoctoral Research Associate position, to develop 'Cryoegg: a novel wireless instrument for exploring deep ice'.

Working with Liz Bagshaw and Jonny Lees at Cardiff University, alongside colleagues at Bristol University, Lancaster University, and the East Greenland Ice Core Project (EGRIP), the role of the Research Associate (RA) is to design, test and deploy a unique instrument which will be used to explore meltwater beneath the Greenland Ice Sheet. 

The Research Associate (RA) will use their expertise in microelectronics and radio frequency engineering to create a 'Cryoegg' sensor platform to collect and transmit measurements of subglacial meltwater. They will conduct laboratory testing and build prototype instruments, and will have the opportunity to take part in fieldwork in remote polar field sites. In addition to these duties, the RA will be expected to produce work of publishable quality for appropriate high quality peer reviewed journals, present papers at national and international meetings and contribute to the development of collaborative research grants. The successful applicant will hold a Ph.D. in a relevant subject.
This position is full time (35 hours per week). The post is available from 1st January 2019 and is a fixed-term appointment for 2 years.

Salary: £33,199 - £39,609 per annum (Grade 6)

Informal enquiries can be made to Dr Liz Bagshaw, email:
For further details about working in Cardiff University please contact John Evans, email:

Date advert posted: Monday, 5 November 2018

Closing date: Monday, 17 December 2018

Important Notes:

Applications can only be accepted via the online system.
It is the University's policy to use the person specification as a key tool for short-listing. Candidates should evidence that they meet ALL of the essential criteria as well as, where relevant, the desirable. As part of the application process you will be asked to provide this evidence via a supporting statement.  Please ensure that the evidence you are providing corresponds with the numbered criteria outlined below. Your application will be considered based on the information you provide under each element.

When attaching the supporting statement to your application profile, please ensure that you name it with the vacancy reference number.

Please be aware that Cardiff University reserves the right to close this vacancy early should sufficient applications be received.

Cardiff University is committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity and to creating an inclusive working environment. We believe this can be achieved through attracting, developing, and retaining a diverse range of staff from many different backgrounds who have the ambition to create a University which seeks to fulfil our social, cultural and economic obligation to Cardiff, Wales, and the world.  In supporting our employees to achieve a balance between their work and their personal lives, we will also consider proposals for flexible working or job share. 

Job Description:
Main Function

To design and test a novel wireless sensor for glaciology and contribute to the overall research performance of the School and University, carrying out research leading to the publishing of work in high-quality journals. To pursue excellence in research and to inspire others to do the same.

Main Duties and Responsibilities


• To conduct radio frequency engineering design and testing within the Cold Climate Research Group and contribute to the overall research performance of the School and University by the production of measurable outputs including bidding for funding, publishing in national academic journals and conferences. 

• To develop research objectives and proposals for own or joint research including research funding proposals.

• To undertake administrative tasks associated with the research project, including the planning and organisation of the project and the implementation of procedures required to ensure accurate and timely reporting.

• To prepare research ethics and research governance applications as appropriate.

• To review and synthesise existing research literature within the field.

• To participate in School research activities.

• To build and create networks both internally and externally to the university, to influence decisions,   explore future research requirements, and share research ideas for the benefit of research projects.


• To engage effectively with industrial, commercial and public sector organisations, professional institutions, other academic institutions etc., regionally and nationally  to raise awareness of the School's profile, to cultivate strategically valuable alliances, and to pursue opportunities for collaboration across a range of activities. These activities are expected to contribute to the School and the enhancement of its regional and national profile.

• To undergo personal and professional development that is appropriate to and which will enhance performance.

• To participate in School administration and activities to promote the School and its work to the wider University and the outside world.

• Any other duties not included above, but consistent with the role.

Additional Information:
Information on the School of Earth and Ocean Sciences can be found at:

Person Specification:
Essential Criteria

Qualifications and Education

1. Postgraduate degree at PhD level in glaciology, electrical engineering or related subject area or relevant industrial experience

Knowledge, Skills and Experience

2. An established expertise and proven portfolio of research and/or relevant industrial experience within some or all of the following research fields:
• Glaciology
• Low power and/or microelectronics
• Radio frequency engineering design

3. Knowledge of current status of research in glaciology and/or electrical engineering

4. Proven ability to publish in national journals

5. Ability to understand and apply for competitive research funding
Communication and Team Working

6. Proven ability in effective and persuasive communication

7. Ability to supervise the work of others to focus team efforts and motivate individuals


8. Proven ability to demonstrate creativity, innovation and team-working within work

Desirable Criteria

9.   Experience of low power electronics

10. Knowledge of radio frequency platform design

11. Proven ability to work without close supervision

12. Experience of working in remote environments