IT Engineer – Antarctica – Winter

Job reference:
BAS 20/30
Contract type:
Winter – Up to 18 months
£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
British Antarctic Survey
Antarctica - Rothera
Closing date:
31 March, 2020 11:40 am


British Antarctic Survey is offering a unique opportunity as an IT Engineer (Winter) in Antarctica.

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

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 provide operational and technical support for the IT & Data Management systems in the Antarctic. The IT Engineer will be a flexible and capable IT professional able to support a wide range of equipment.


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


  • To implement, maintain and support IT and data services at Rothera.
  • Front line support of all station computer hardware and software including Cisco network infrastructure, VMware ESX, Windows servers, workstations and personal laptops.
  • To monitor deployed systems in order to produce plans for maintenance and future improvement.
  • Installation work for new equipment as required.
  • To fully contribute to the work of IT, data management and BAS as appropriate.
  • Upkeep of documentation.
  • Provide training and support for base personnel.
  • To carry out work in a safe and professional manner.
  • Some support for radio operation / communications with other stations, ships, field parties and aircraft.
  • Some cover for Meteorological weather reporting and balloon launching.
  • Partake in general base duties as required.
  • To undertake other duties as required by the director

Please quote the following reference for any queries: BAS 20/30
Closing date for receipt of applications form is: 31 March 2020
Interviews are scheduled to be held on: 28 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 language. Clear and concise documentation experience. - Essential
  • Use of a ticketing system. - Desirable [3]

Computer / IT skills

  • As above with proven ability to troubleshoot. - Essential
  • Use of document management systems. - Desirable [3]
  • Experience with Git. - Desirable [3]

Decision Making

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

Interpersonal skills

  • Ability to work on own and as part of a team. - Essential

Managerial ability

  • Management of personal time and priorities. - Essential
  • 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

  • Small or remote team working experience - Desirable [4]


  • BTEC/National Diploma or equivalent in computing or equivalent working experience. - Essential
  • Any form of technical degree - Desirable [4]

Resource Management ability

  • Experience of deploying equipment and personnel according to priorities. - Essential

Skills / Experience

  • Experience with a variety of operating systems such as Windows Server, Redhat, CentOS, MacOS and VMware ESX. - Essential
  • Experience with virtualisation. - Essential
  • Experience with networking both at a protocol and application level. - Essential
  • Cisco switches and routers. - Desirable [2]
  • Competent at system administration level - Desirable [2]
  • Hyper converged infrastructure - Desirable [2]
  • Azure, SharePoint, Office365, Veeam. - Desirable [2]
  • Amateur Radio Operation. - Desirable [2]
  • Interest in meteorology - Desirable [2]
  • Programming or scripting skills. - Desirable [2]
  • Project Planning. - Desirable [2]

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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If you would like to apply for this job but cannot apply online, you can print the application form(s) and post it back to us.

Please ensure you complete all required sections of the application form(s) and include a Cover Letter and a copy of your CV.

When posting your application, ensure there is sufficient postage.

These forms are in an OpenDocument format and may not be suitable for users of assistive technology. An accessible format may be requested by contacting us.

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.