IT Engineer – UNIX – Cambridge

Job reference:
BAS 90/18
Contract type:
Full Time
Fixed-Term Appointment (Until April 2020)
Starting from £30,357 per annum
We offer generous benefits
ICT team
Cambridge with periods at sea or in polar regions.
Closing date:
20 January, 2019 11:59 pm


The British Antarctic Survey (BAS) is looking for an IT Engineer to join the ever evolving IT Team. This role will include the development, commissioning, operation and support of computer systems, software and networks at BAS Headquarters in Cambridge, and on Polar Research Stations and BAS Research Ships.

We are looking for someone with Linux and Windows desktop support experience. You will need to be capable of working autonomously and be flexible to changing priorities.

This role involves some remote work in the Polar Regions and on board our Ships so we need someone with great interpersonal skills and is comfortable living and working with people in close quarters.


IT Support Engineers are required to manage and support the computer systems and information technology facilities used within BAS. Duties will include the development, commissioning, operation and support of computer systems, software and networks at BAS Headquarters in Cambridge, and on Polar Research Stations and BAS Research Ships.


The job, although based in Cambridge, requires travel to the Antarctic. It is essential that the individual appointed to the job is flexible, physically fit and able to work in an often challenging environment. Tours of duty in the polar regions can vary each year but can last from 8 to 16 weeks. Antarctic visits will not necessarily occur each year.

To ensure that the job holder has the breadth of knowledge necessary for working in Antarctica, it is likely that candidates will have practical experience of IT support and/or an equivalent vocational qualification. A degree in Computer Science or a relevant field would be advantageous. Knowledge of any of the following; Linux, Windows server and Active Directory, SCCM, Office365, VMWare, Veeam, VDI, Mac OS X, Tivoli Storage Manager, Cluster File systems, High Performance Cluster Computing, Nagios, Puppet, Cisco switches and routers, satellite communications, Voip would be an advantage. BAS will provide training where necessary.

Candidates should be physically capable and medically fit to work in Antarctic conditions.


- Completing support and maintenance jobs at BAS headquarters as tasked through a Help Desk system. The work will be a mix of Windows, Linux and Networking support. Knowledge of VMWare, CentOS, RHEL, Windows server, Active Directory, Cisco, Voip and HPC computing would be an advantage. Gaps in knowledge will be filled with training.

- Undertaking IT projects to complete specific tasks. Projects may include major hardware/software upgrades or commissioning of complex multidisciplinary systems.

- Supporting the IT environment on science cruises mounted from the research vessel James Clark Ross. There may also be a need to travel and support IT on other ships and aircraft.

- Installation and upgrade of IT infrastructure on Antarctic Stations.

- To undertake other duties are required by the Director of BAS.

The job requires a flexible and capable IT professional able to undertake a wide range of tasks. When working in the Antarctic in particular, there is a need to be able to support a wide range of equipment. Duties may therefore include working with:
- Linux, Windows, Mac OS X, VMWare and other operating systems.
- Scientific data logging systems.
- Network infrastructure, telephony and VSAT satellite systems.

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) 221508.

Please quote reference: BAS 90/18

Closing date for receipt of application forms is: 20th January 2019
Interview date: 4th February 2019
Proposed start date: ASAP

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

  • (a) Good Communicator, will sometimes be living and working with people in close quarters. - Essential
  • (b) Capable of producing clear reports and documentation. - Essential

Computer / IT skills

  • High level. - Essential

Decision Making

  • Decision making ability must be good. Much of the work in Antarctica involves working autonomously. Capable of being flexible to changing priorities. - Essential

Interpersonal skills

  • Works on own and as part of a team as necessary. - Essential

Managerial ability

  • Junior management level. - Essential
  • Able to train 1st line support. - Desirable [3]

Numerical ability

  • Able to handle numbers for IT applications. - Essential


  • BTEC/National Diploma or equivalent in computing or equivalent working experience. - Essential
  • Degree level in Computing. - Desirable [3]
  • Project Management. - Desirable [5]
  • MSCA, MSCE, RHCE. - Desirable [4]

Resource Management ability

  • Manage IT infrastructure. - Essential

Skills / Experience

  • Linux experience. - Essential
  • Windows desktop support. - Essential
  • VMware vSphere v6. - Desirable [2]
  • Windows Server experience. - Desirable [1]
  • Linux system administration. - Desirable [1]
  • Mac OS X experience. - Desirable [4]

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