Electronic Engineer – Cambridge and Antarctica

Job reference:
BAS 54/19
Contract type:
Full Time
Fixed-Term Appointment (4 Years)
Starting from £30,357 per annum.
We offer generous benefits
British Antarctic Survey
Cambridge with regular duty in Antarctica.
Closing date:
28 April, 2019 11:59 pm


The British Antarctic Survey (BAS) are looking for an Electronic Engineer to join the Antarctic and Marine Engineering Team. Though based in Cambridge, this role will involve regular duty in the polar regions, principally at Halley VI Research Station.

The focus of this role is to develop and maintain scientific and operational equipment at Cambridge in order to then deploy and maintain such equipment in the polar regions. You will also be responsible for producing maintenance plans for the equipment and for developing future improvements.

We are looking for someone with a HND in a relevant field who has practical experience in the maintenance of electronic systems. This role will involve regular periods of time in the polar regions, so the successful candidate will need to be comfortable with remote working and also have excellent team working skills for living and working in this unique environment.


To develop and maintain scientific and operational equipment at Cambridge and deploy and maintain such equipment in polar regions.


HND in electronics, physics, engineering or a mathematical based subject.


a) To maintain equipment deployed in polar regions.

b) To develop equipment for deployment in polar regions.

c) To monitor deployed equipment in order to produce plans for maintenance and future improvement.

d) To fully contribute to the work of AME and BAS as appropriate.

e) To carry out all work in a safe and professional manner.

f)To become a member of the Halley response team and participate in training to include but not limited to: Advanced 1st aid, Search and rescue, Aircraft fire fighting, Breathing apparatus and Major incident response.

g)To undertake other duties as required by the director.

On-line application forms and further information are available on our website at www.bas.ac.uk/vacancies.

Please quote reference: BAS 54/19
Closing date for receipt of application forms is: 28th April 2019
Interview date: w/c 7th May 2019

BAS is an Equal Opportunity employer. As part of our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion and promoting equality in careers in science, we hold an Athena SWAN Bronze Award and have an active Equality, Diversity and Inclusion programme of activity. We welcome applications from all sections of the community. People from ethnic minorities and disabled people are currently under-represented and their applications are particularly welcome. We operate a guaranteed interview scheme for disabled candidates who meet the minimum criteria for the job. We are open to a range of flexible working options including part-time or full-time employment as well as flexible hours due to caring or other commitments.

Skills are listed as either Essential or Desirable. Desirable skills importance rating in parenthesis (1 is high, 5 is low)

Communication skills - a) oral skills b) written skills

  • Clear, concise communication on technical issues required in both written and oral form. - Essential

Computer / IT skills

  • Good PC and computer literacy required. - Essential
  • Experience of Linux OS. - Desirable [3]
  • Significant software development. - Desirable [4]

Decision Making

  • Ability to problem solve on a wide range of equipment, reach conclusions on appropriate courses of action. - Essential

Interpersonal skills

  • Demonstrable teamwork experience. - Essential

Managerial ability

  • Sufficient maturity to be able to work safely, effectively and alone in remote location. - Essential
  • Experience of managing a small team. - Desirable [3]

Other Factors

  • Ability to work in Polar regions. - Essential
  • Polar or similar experience. - Desirable [1]


  • HND in electronics, physics, engineering or a mathematical based subject. - Essential
  • Degree or higher in electronics, physics, engineering or a mathematical based subject. - Desirable [3]

Resource Management ability

  • Ability to organise own time and prioritise effectively. - Essential

Skills / Experience

  • Demonstrable practical experience of maintenance of electronic systems. - Essential
  • Experience of scientific instrumentation. - Desirable [2]
  • Development of electronic systems. - Desirable [2]
  • Maintenance of mechanical systems. - Desirable [2]

You can apply for this job online or you can print off the application forms, fill them out by hand and mail them.

Apply Online:

Apply by post:

If you would like to apply for this job but cannot apply online, you can print the application form(s) and post it back to us.

Please ensure you complete all required sections of the application form(s) and include a Cover Letter and a copy of your CV.

When posting your application, ensure there is sufficient postage.

These forms are in an OpenDocument format and may not be suitable for users of assistive technology. An accessible format may be requested by contacting us.

Send your completed application forms to:
Human Resources Team
British Antarctic Survey
High Cross, Madingley Road
United Kingdom

If you need more information

Email: [email protected]
Telephone: +44 (0)1223 221400
Facsimile: +44 (0)1223 362616

The information you provide during the application process will only be used for the purpose of progressing your application, to fulfil legal or regulatory requirements where necessary or, in the case of the Equal Opportunities Monitoring Questionnaire, to help BAS meet its equal opportunities policy.

The British Antarctic Survey will not share the information you provide with any third parties, and the information will be held securely by the British Antarctic Survey whether the information is in electronic or physical format. Please note that the Equal Opportunities Monitoring Questionnaire will be detached from your application prior to the short-listing of candidates for interview.

Unsuccessful applications will be securely destroyed 6 months after the end of the recruitment process (or 1 year after the end of the recruitment process in the case of Marine Staff and AEP. The applications of successful applicants will be retained as part of their personnel file.

Further information can be found in the information notice of NERC, our parent body.