Electronic/Instrument Engineer – Cambridge

Job reference:
BAS 100/18
Contract type:
Full Time
Open-Ended Appointment
Starting from £30,357 per annum
We offer generous benefits
Marine engineering team
Cambridge but with periods on deployment including polar regions.
Closing date:
13 January, 2019 11:59 pm


The British Antarctic Survey (BAS) are looking for an Electronic/Instrument Engineer to join the Antarctic and Marine Engineering Team. Engineering and technology is critical to the success of polar research. Our world-leading research depends on the expertise of a wide range of specialists who work in Antarctica, onboard our ships, and in our Cambridge offices.

This role centres around the support and development of airborne meteorological instrumentation (MASIN). The post holder will be responsible for operating this technology during scientific campaigns.

We are looking for someone with a broad range of experience in electronic engineering. You will need experience in programming with a high level language and be proficient in the use of a CAD package. This role will involve some time South so the post-holder will need to be physically capable and medically fit to work in Antarctic conditions.


To support and develop the airborne meteorological instrumentation (MASIN) and to operate it during scientific campaigns.


First degree in electronic engineering or related discipline, OR first degree in a relevant science (e.g. atmospheric or environmental science) together with appropriate technical experience.


- Provide engineering support to the airborne meteorological project.

- Operate and maintain instruments on scientific campaigns, including in polar regions and during flights.

- To develop, maintain, and operate scientific or operational electronic and electrical systems.

- Working with and supporting engineering colleagues, delivering projects and tasks in a professional manner.

- Any other duties within the remit of the role as required by the Head of AME or the Director.

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

These are also available from the Human Resources Section, British Antarctic Survey, High Cross, Madingley Road, Cambridge, CB3 0ET. Tel: (01223) 221508.

Please quote reference: BAS 100/18

Closing date for receipt of application forms is: 13th January 2019
Interview date: w/c 21st January 2019
Proposed start date: As soon as possible

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

  • Fluent in written and spoken English. - Essential
  • Able to communicate to a wide range of audiences. - Desirable [3]

Computer / IT skills

  • Programming with a high level language. Proficient use of a CAD package. - Essential
  • Familiarity with Labview, IDL, Python or MATLAB. - Desirable [4]

Interpersonal skills

  • Demonstrable Teamwork. - Essential
  • Excellent problem solving skills. - Desirable [2]

Other Factors

  • Ability to work at a remote polar environment. - Essential
  • Appointee will be required to take and the helicopter underwater escape course. - Essential
  • Small or Remote team experience. - Desirable [1]


  • First degree in electronic engineering or related discipline, OR first degree in a relevant science (e.g. atmospheric or environmental science) together with appropriate technical experience. - Essential
  • Relevant higher qualifications such as MSc or PhD. - Desirable [4]

Resource Management ability

  • Project management for small projects. - Desirable [3]

Skills / Experience

  • Broad, practical, electronic experience. - Essential
  • Experience of working with scientific or data acquisition instruments. - Desirable [2]
  • Knowledge of Boundary layer meteorology and/or cloud physics and/or atmospheric chemistry. - Desirable [3]
  • Maintenance of electronic and/or mechanical systems. - Desirable [3]
  • Familiarity with data analysis techniques. - Desirable [2]
  • Experience with Aeronautics/Avionics or airborne systems. - Desirable [4]

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