IT and Data Manager – Cambridge and Antarctica

Job reference:
BAS 55/19
Contract type:
Full Time
Fixed-Term Appointment (4 Years)
Starting from £30,357 per annum.
We offer generous benefits
ICT team
Cambridge and regular duty in Antarctica.
Closing date:
28 April, 2019 11:59 pm


The British Antarctic Survey (BAS) are looking for an IT and Data Manager to join their ICT and data management teams. Though based in Cambridge, this role will involve regular duty in the polar regions, principally at Halley VI Research Station.

The focus of this role is to develop and maintain scientific and operational IT systems at Cambridge in order to then deploy and maintain such systems in the polar regions. You will also be responsible for producing maintenance plans for these systems and for looking for future improvements.

We are looking for someone with a BTEX or National Diploma in Computing, or equivalent working experience. you will need to have experience with a variety of operating systems, programming languages and experience with virtualisation. This role will involve regular periods of time in the polar regions so the successful candidate will need to be comfortable with remote working and also have excellent team working skills for living and working in this unique environment.


To develop and maintain scientific and operational IT systems at Cambridge and deploy and maintain such systems in Polar Regions.


BTEC/National Diploma or equivalent in computing or equivalent working experience.


a) To implement, maintain and enhance IT and data services in Cambridge and those deployed in Polar Regions.

b) To develop systems/solutions for Cambridge and deployment in Polar Regions.

c) To monitor deployed systems in order to produce plans for maintenance and future improvement.

d) To provide services and support to the BAS scientific community as a whole.

e) To fully contribute to the work of IT/DM and BAS as appropriate.

f) To carry out all work in a safe and professional manner.

g) To become a member of the Halley response team and participate in training to include but not limited to: Advanced 1st aid, Search and rescue, Aircraft fire fighting, Breathing apparatus and Major incident response.

h) To undertake other duties as required by the director.

On-line application forms and further information are available on our website at

These are also available from the Human Resources Section, British Antarctic Survey, High Cross, Madingley Road, Cambridge, CB3 0ET. Tel: (01223) 221400.

Please quote reference: BAS 55/19
Closing date for receipt of application forms is: 28th April 2019
Interview date: w/c 7th May 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.

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

  • Clear, concise communication on technical issues required in both written and oral form - Essential

Decision Making

  • Ability to problem solve on a wide range of systems, reach conclusions on appropriate courses of action. Much of the work in Antarctica involves working autonomously. Capable of being flexible to changing priorities - Essential

Interpersonal skills

  • Demonstrable teamwork experience. - Essential

Managerial ability

  • Sufficient maturity to be able to work safely, effectively and alone in remote location - Essential
  • Experience of managing a small team - Desirable [3]

Other Factors

  • Ability to work in Polar Regions - Essential
  • Polar or similar experience. - Desirable [1]


  • BTEC/National Diploma or equivalent in computing or equivalent working experience - Essential

Resource Management ability

  • Ability to organise own time and prioritise effectively - Essential

Skills / Experience

  • Experience with a variety of operating systems including Linux (RedHat and Debian family) and Windows (Server and Desktop) - Essential
  • Experience of systems programming languages (eg. Python, C or Perl) - Essential
  • Experience with virtualisation (preferably VMWare) - Essential
  • Experience with networking both at a protocol and application level - Essential
  • Electronic hardware and microcontrollers - Desirable [3]
  • DevOps-esque concerns: configuration management, monitoring, analytics and continuous integration - Desirable [3]
  • Scientific programming environments (eg. MATLAB, R, Octave, IDL) - Desirable [2]
  • Project planning or SDLC methodologies - Desirable [3]

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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.

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