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Antarctic Experiences

Our teams of scientists, engineers, technologists and support people enjoy working with a peer group of intelligent people passionate about their work.

Our research has a global context. No matter where you’re based, you could be involved in projects that tackle a whole range of environmental issues — such as ozone monitoring and climate change. Many join us wishing to ”go South” and experience Antarctica first-hand. It’s an amazing experience, and you can find out more about it here.

“In winter at Halley, you can get a 20-degree temperature change in less than 24 hours. You can go for 100 days without the sun rising above the horizon. And the difference between calm and windy weather is like Jekyll and Hyde. On clear, calm winter nights, you see the Milky Way stretching across the horizon and you feel like you can see to infinity. The auroral displays are spectacular with ribbons of green and red flowing, wraith-like, through the sky. And I could go on and on.”

Annette, Meteorologist

“After visiting our stations I can really appreciate the challenges of working there”.

Mags , Management Accountant

“Not an abandoned shopping trolley in sight”.

Eric, Mechanical Services Technician

“On one of the field trips, we visited eight different field sites throughout the archipelago from the South Shetland Islands to the north of Antarctica. I was supporting scientists (biologists) who were mapping the gene pool and colonisation of mites, and how their bodies cool down to 8 degrees Celsius. We also collected samples of plants to investigate the ecosystem. I’ve never learnt so much in one trip”.

Richard, Field Assistant

“Saturday nights are always worth looking forward to, when there is a smart dinner or party going on. There is usually time to go for a ski or a walk to see the wildlife”.

Alison, Geographic Data Analyst

“A big part of the job is helping to provide good quality food, themed nights, celebrating birthdays and special treats”.

Isabelle, Chef Manager

“For me, the best part is catching my first glimpse of an albatross or penguin from the ship as I travel from the Falklands to South Georgia”.

Dirk, Conservation Biology Field Team Leader

“I collect snow and air samples for scientists back in Cambridge as well as maintaining several interrelated experiments to try and determine the relationship between turbulence and waves in the lower boundary layer of the atmosphere. Day job aside, everyone also helps out with the general running of the station by taking turns on night watch, cleaning duties, filling the water melting tank with snow to provide the station with fresh water and raising any equipment on the snow surface to prevent it from becoming buried by the accumulation of snow”.
Annette, Meteorologist