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The British Antarctic Territory Government has a vacancy for an ad hoc specialist to advise on place-naming in the Antarctic.

This is an opportunity to join the Antarctic Place-names Committee. The Committee are a group of Antarctic experts, who advise the British Antarctic Territory Government on all aspects relating to place names in the Antarctic. The committee also advises the Government of South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands in relation to place-naming in SGSSI.

Main Purpose of the Role / Knowledge and skills

Candidates should be able to offer expertise complementary to the composition of the Committee in one or more of the following area(s): Science; Geography; Cartography; GIS; Exploration History; International Relations; Toponymy; Sailing and Navigation within the Antarctic context. The committee particularly invites applications from candidates within the Antarctic research community who have expertise in glaciology.

Terms of Appointment

This is a non-remunerative, non-pensionable post. Travel and Subsistence expenses are reimbursed. The term is for a period of 3 years for new appointees, with the option of reapplying at the end of the first term. The successful applicant will be expected to attend the Antarctic Place-names Committee meetings twice a year and consider proposals by postal assessment up to four times a year between meetings. The meetings are held twice a year in Cambridge.

Eligibility Requirements

You will need to be a British Citizen, resident in the UK for at least two of the last ten years, including at least one consecutive twelve-month period.


Application is by CV and covering letter to:

Stuart Doubleday,

Deputy Head, Polar Regions Department,

Foreign and Commonwealth Office,

London SW1A 2AH,

Closing date is now EXTENDED to 15 May 2020.


The shortlisted candidates will be invited to participate in a short interview, either in person or over the telephone.

If you require more information, please contact the Antarctic Place-names Committee Secretary, Dr Adrian Fox, on:


Tel: 01223 221415