Fourth Engineer

Job reference:
BAS 20/62
Contract type:
6-9 months with the possibility of extension.
Starting salary from £30,420 per annum (pending pay award)
We offer generous benefits
British Antarctic Survey
Closing date:
14 June, 2020 11:50 pm

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


The British Antarctic Survey (BAS) is currently looking for a Fourth Engineer to join the New Polar Research Vessel – RRS Sir David Attenborough at present, completing Outfitting and Commissioning at Cammell Laird Ship Yard.

What is the role about?

This is an exciting opportunity to work on-board a cutting edge diesel electric powered, ice class, vessel, which will be a world-leading polar exploration and research vessel. The state-of-the-art on-board facilities and future-proof containerised laboratories on this world-leading science platform will offer new research opportunities for polar scientists.
The successful candidate will be an integral member of the Ship’s Marine Team supporting Arctic research cruises in the northern summer and carrying out research programmes and transporting people and supplies to the BAS research stations in Antarctica during the austral summer.

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


  • To be responsible for the management of an engine room watch or UMS duty watch and the maintenance of plant and machinery as instructed.
  • To plan and execute carefully all duties and tasks assigned to them.


  • To carry out maintenance, managing their specified tasks in accordance with the Planned Maintenance System and assist with other maintenance tasks under the direction of the Second Engineer Officer.
  • To fully utilise the Planned Maintenance System ensuring that all routine and non-routine tasks are correctly recorded, to provide future benefit.
  • To assume special responsibility for the fuel oil and lube oil purifiers, fuel oil bunkering and internal fuel oil transfer, and to assist Polar C/E with Ship’s Bunkering Operations.
  • To maintain the Oil Record Book under the supervision of the Seconds Engineer.
  • To observe and report defects in any machinery and advise possible requirements for spares/stores.
  • To take charge of and manage an engine room watch/duty watch at sea and in port under the direction of the Second Engineer.
  • To develop a thorough knowledge of Engine Room systems and understudy the Second Engineer Officer position for future career progression.
  • To assist the Second Engineer with the implementation and operation of Ship’s Winterisation procedures.
  • To have an understanding of the BAS Permit to Work systems and assist and comply with its use.
  • To undertake any other duties consistent with the key responsibilities and duties of the post, as directed by the Master.

We will only accept fully completed applications and a CV can also be submitted.

Please quote reference: BAS 20/62
Closing date for receipt of application forms is: Sunday 14th June 2020
Interviews are scheduled to be held: End of June / early July

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 job sharing, to support childcare and other caring responsibilities.

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

Knowledge and Experience

  • Strong awareness of health, safety, security and environmental issues. - Essential
  • Professional knowledge that can be used to lead and manage. - Essential
  • Demonstrate success in a relevant work environment, backed by evidence of significant appropriate specialist knowledge - Essential
  • Experience of Vessel operations in Polar Regions - Desirable [3]
  • A comprehensive and up to date knowledge of maritime legislation that relates to the role. - Essential
  • Experience of Scientific Research - Desirable [3]
  • Experience of Planned Maintenance Systems (Amos, Maximo), including Condition Based Maintenance, developing and carrying out maintenance tasks. - Essential
  • Awareness of Diesel Electric and CPP propulsion systems - Essential

Other Factors

  • The post holder will be required to fulfil duties and responsibilities as per Instruction MSI/ENG/01 on a rostered basis dependant on the engine room being operated as UMS or by conventional manned watchkeeping routines. - Essential
  • Additional hours of work will be required on occasion to suit the demands of the ship’s operating schedule/allocated routine tasks, or as/when considered necessary by the Polar Chief Engineer. - Essential
  • To assist with specific marine related activities or projects by working in the offices of BAS, as and when required. - Essential


  • Seafarer Medical Certificate (ENG1) without restrictions - Essential
  • UK Class II Engineer Unlimited (Motor) CoC or CeC - Desirable [2]
  • UK Engineer Officer of the Watch (Motor) CoC or CeC - Essential
  • Dangerous Cargo Endorsement (Oil Tanker) – basic level - Desirable [2]
  • Four Elements of STCW basic training to STCW 2010, as amended (PST, FPFF, EFA & PSSR) - Essential
  • Proficiency in Designated Security Duties - Essential
  • C&G 2079 (Level 2 Award in F-Gas and ODS Regulations) - Essential
  • STCW Proficiency in Medical First Aid - Essential
  • Proficiency in Survival Craft & Rescue Boats - Essential
  • Helideck Emergency Response Team Member - Desirable [2]
  • STCW Advanced Fire Fighting - Essential
  • Evidence of continual professional development - Desirable [3]

Skills and Competencies

  • Proactive approach to planning for the future – show interest in new concepts, policies, solutions and ideas - Essential
  • Team dynamic working skills - Essential
  • Knowledge of emergency scenarios, responses and everyday operations - Essential
  • Strong and independent problem solving abilities and task prioritisation. - Essential
  • Demonstrate interest and attitude, with appropriate training, to operate computer based ships control and monitoring systems. - Essential
  • Engine Room watch keeping skills that encompass traditional techniques as well as modern electronic surveillance systems - Essential
  • Familiarity with seaborne scientific operations. - Desirable [3]
  • Ability to establish professional working relationships with Ship’s staff, scientists and shoreside personnel - Essential
  • To have experience in small boat maintenance and operation - Desirable [3]
  • Proactive in an environment of change. - Essential
  • Taking pride in managing the delivery of a reliable platform for scientific research. - Essential
  • Excellent time management skills and prioritisation in situations of conflicting demands. - Essential
  • Confident and articulate written and oral communication skills at all levels. - Essential
  • Broad IT skills including the Planned Maintenance System. - Essential

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

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.