Electronics Engineer – Antarctica

Job reference:
BAS 20/11
Contract type:
Antarctic Contract
The appointment will be for approximately 18 months, commencing in May/June 2020. 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 2020 and returning in spring 2021.
£24,272 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
Antarctica - Rothera
Closing date:
31 March, 2020 11:59 pm


British Antarctic Survey is offering a unique opportunity as an Electronics Engineer in Antarctica.

What is about?

The British Antarctic Survey (BAS) offers the opportunity for a suitably qualified person to overwinter in Antarctica at 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 and to support the research stations HF radio and Satellite communications systems.

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 are we?

British Antarctic Survey (BAS) delivers and enables world-leading interdisciplinary research in the Polar Regions. Its 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 its 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 to 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 amazing places then British Antarctic Survey could be for you. We aim to attract the best people for those jobs.


To operate and maintain a suite of scientific experiments and to maintain the research stations radio and satellite communication systems in the Antarctic.


Relevant practical experience in electronics is essential, knowledge of data acquisition techniques, RF electronics systems 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.

Please quote the following reference for any queries: BAS 20/11
Closing date for receipt of applications form is: 31st March 2020
Interviews are scheduled to be held on: Monday 27th 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.

Antarctic deployment involves working in a remote and harsh environment where adaptations to working, living and recreation areas are not achievable to a level that might be expected in the UK. There is a Genuine Occupational Requirement to be physically capable of negotiating rough, icy and snowy terrain as well as being mentally resilient and medically fit.

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

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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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.