Electronics Engineer

Job reference:
BAS 21/03
Contract type:
Antarctic Contract
The appointment will be for approximately 18 months, commencing in May/June 2021. The successful candidates will assist in preparing the equipment needed for the next Antarctic season and will undertake appropriate specialist training in Cambridge prior to travelling to Antarctica in autumn 2021 and returning in spring 2023.
£24,685 per annum initially. Additionally, upon completion of a successful tour, you will receive a bonus of up to 10%.
We offer generous benefits
Antarctic employment pool team
Closing date:
31 March, 2021 11:59 pm

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, please note there may be delays to our recruitment timeline.


The British Antarctic Survey (BAS) offers the opportunity for a suitably qualified person to overwinter in Antarctica at our Halley VI (76°S, 27°W) or Rothera (68°S, 68 °W) station.

This is electronics with a difference. As part of a small, highly motivated team, you will be spending a whole year in the Antarctic, life here is like nowhere else, so you must be ready to take on all the challenges it offers. With the unparalleled beauty of the Antarctic, you will find this a profitable experience in more ways than one. The primary role of the successful candidate will be to maintain and operate a suite of scientific instruments studying the atmosphere and geospace. You will also support the HF radio and Satellite communications systems.

The successful candidate will work in a small team that maintain, operate and make minor developments to hardware and software for scientific experiments. You will have proven ability in electronics and computing hardware coupled with self reliance and strong motivation. You must be adaptable and willing to take on various tasks as they arise including a considerable amount of outdoor maintenance and general base work.

This will be a challenging and demanding opportunity in an extreme and isolated environment. Applicants must therefore be physically capable and medically fit.

Who we are

British Antarctic Survey (BAS) delivers and enables world-leading interdisciplinary research in the Polar Regions. Our skilled science and support staff based in Cambridge, Antarctica and the Arctic, work together to deliver research that uses the Polar Regions to advance our understanding of Earth as a sustainable planet. Through our extensive logistic capability and know how BAS facilitates access for the British and international science community to the UK polar research operation. Numerous national and international collaborations, combined with an excellent infrastructure help sustain a world leading position for the UK in Antarctic affairs. British Antarctic Survey is a component of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). NERC is part of UK Research and Innovation www.ukri.org

We employ experts from many different professions to carry out our Science as well as keep the keep the lights on, feed the research and support teams and keep everyone safe! If you are looking for an opportunity to work with amazing people in one of the most unique places in the world, then British Antarctic Survey could be for you. We aim to attract the best people for those jobs.

COVID-19 update
• We have a responsibility to do everything that we can to ensure that BAS Ships and Stations remain COVID free and that staff are deployed safely and responsibly. Our medical screening for this season will therefore take account of the recognised factors that increase your risk of an adverse reaction to the coronavirus (Primarily this is BMI at or above 30, age over 60 years old, or a history of smoking). The assessment is done confidentially by our Medical Unit and the criteria might be subject to change.
• You might be required to quarantine two weeks prior to your deployment, and you might sail to Antarctica on our polar ship.

All applications will be checked at point of application by BAS staff and those without the right to work in the UK or without a realistic prospect of being able to acquire the right to work in the UK will not progress.

Please read the Applicants guide here before submitting your application.


To operate and maintain a suite of scientific experiments in the Antarctic and support the HF radio and Satellite communications systems.


Relevant HNC or higher


• To routinely check, operate and maintain a suite of scientific experiments in the Antarctic.
• To organise and carry out the work in a safe and professional manner.
• To keep line management aware of progress and report any major problems as and when they arise.
• To compile monthly and annual reports of the work undertaken. To request replacement stores to meet the yearly shipping deadlines.
• To keep the facilities in a professional and orderly condition.
• To work with other staff to ensure that the operational and safety standards of the station are maintained.
• To assist other members of the science team in their duties, this will include taking part in a rota to undertake meteorological and other observations outside of normal working hours.
• To lead on technical field work programmes.
• Support the HF radio and Satellite communications systems.
• To undertake general duties as required by the station leader.

Please quote reference: BAS 21/03

Publication date: 8 January 2021
Closing date for receipt of application forms is: 31 March 2021
Interviews are scheduled to be held: 26 April 2020

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.

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

Communication skills

  • Fluent in written and spoken English language. Clear and Concise. - Essential

Computer / IT skills

  • Good PC and computer literacy required. - Essential
  • Familiar with Linux terminal commands including remote access and file transfer protocols. - Essential
  • Some programming experience using C, Python or any widely used programming language. - Desirable [3]

Decision Making

  • Demonstrate ability to problem solve on a wide range of issues and to think clearly under pressure. - Essential

Managerial ability

  • Experience of managing a small team - Desirable [4]

Other Factors

  • Ability to function in a small team in an Antarctic Environment. - Essential
  • Small remote team experience - Desirable [1]


  • Relevant HNC or higher - Essential
  • Recognised electrical engineering qualification/certification - Desirable [1]

Skills / Experience

  • Broad electronic experience - Essential
  • Maintenance of electronic systems - Essential
  • Fault finding to component level - Desirable [2]
  • Simple mechanical workshop activities - Desirable [3]
  • Instrumentation, RF experience - Desirable [1]
  • Gas Handling - Desirable [4]
  • Atmospheric chemistry instruments - Desirable [3]

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

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Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Recruitment team is working remotely and cannot access the building. If you would like to apply for this job but cannot apply online, please contact us: [email protected]

If you need more information

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+44 (0)1223 362616

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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.