Electronics Engineer – Antarctica

Job reference:
BAS 20/19
Contract type:
Antarctic Contract
Antarctic Winter (Approx. 18 Months)
£23,937 per annum initially. Additionally, upon completion of a successful tour, you will receive a 10% bonus.
We offer generous benefits
Antarctic employment pool team
Closing date:
31 March, 2019 11:59 pm


The British Antarctic Survey (BAS) offers the opportunity for a suitably qualified person to overwinter in Antarctica. 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.

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 as well as your share in routine duties such as meteorological observations.

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


To operate and maintain a suite of scientific experiments in the Antarctic.


Relevant practical experience in electronics is essential, knowledge of data acquisition techniques, RF electronics systems, gas handling, atmospheric chemistry experiments would be an advantage as would electrical engineering certification. Candidates should have a minimum of HNC in electronics and ideally several years experience.


- 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 assist with field work programmes.
- To undertake general duties as required by the station leader.
- To undertake other duties as required by the Director of BAS.

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 20/19

Closing date for receipt of application forms is: 31st March 2019
Interview date: 29th April 2019
Proposed start date: July 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.

You will need to be physically capable and medically fit to work in Antarctic conditions.

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. - Essential

Computer / IT skills

  • Good PC and computer literacy required. - Essential
  • Programming experience. - Essential
  • Linux experience. - Desirable [2]

Decision Making

  • Demonstrable 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. - 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 [2]
  • Atmospheric chemistry instruments. - Desirable [3]
  • Experience of managing a small team. - Desirable [4]

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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

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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.

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