Mechanical Engineer

Job reference:
BAS 111/19
Contract type:
Full Time
Fixed-Term Appointment (18 months)
Starting from £30,782 per annum.
We offer generous benefits
British Antarctic Survey
<p>Cambridge but with potential for periods in the Polar Regions.</p>
Closing date:
17 November, 2019 11:59 pm


The British Antarctic Survey (BAS) is looking for 2x Mechanical Engineers to join the Engineering Technology team. The role will be based in Cambridge but may involve periods of duty in the Polar Regions.

The successful candidate will be expected to develop and maintain scientific or operational systems used in Antarctica or aboard our research vessels. You will provide engineering support from the UK and work with a small team assisting with the development of new technologies and the design and manufacture of new equipment.

Why should you work at BAS?
British Antarctic Survey (BAS), an institute of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), 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 and our impact on it.

Our success is based on the dedication of our people and we strive to offer each and every employee an enjoyable, challenging and rewarding career.

Our work is complex, challenging and innovative. It takes a range of professionals across the full engineering and scientific spectrum to carry it out. Whatever field our people specialise in, they all share the same mind-set: a drive to make things work better and to redefine the established standards.


To develop and maintain equipment used in Antarctica or on board Research ships. Assist in operating such equipment in Polar regions or on ship if required.


HNC/HND in engineering.


Key duties and responsibilities include:
• Provide engineering support in the UK.
• Prepare, pack and arrange delivery of equipment for deployment. Service equipment.
• Support equipment in the polar regions or on ship
• To develop scientific or mechanical systems.
• Working with and supporting engineering colleagues, delivering projects and tasks in a professional manner.
• Assist with processing and analysis of ice cores in collaboration with science colleagues (1 post only).
• Assist with the development of new technology and work with engineering departments to design and manufacture new equipment.
• Other duties as appropriate and required by Head of Services.

For any queries, please quote reference: BAS 111/19
Closing date for receipt of application forms is: 17th November 2019
Interviews are scheduled to be held on: 2nd and 3rd December 2019.
Start date: TBC

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)

Communication skills - a) oral skills b) written skills

  • Fluent in written and spoken English Language. - Essential
  • Able to communicate to a wide range of audiences. - Desirable [3]

Computer / IT skills

  • Use office IT systems. - Essential
  • Use of CAD packages. - Desirable [1]

Decision Making

  • Good engineering problem solving skills. - Essential

Interpersonal skills

  • Work with a range of staff in remote areas under difficult conditions. - Essential

Numerical ability

  • Able to interpret calculations relevant to engineering. - Essential


  • HNC/HND in engineering. - Essential
  • Relevant degree or higher. - Desirable [5]

Resource Management ability

  • Ability to work to tight deadlines, and within budgets set by line manager. - Essential
  • Project management for small projects. - Desirable [4]

Skills / Experience

  • Broad mechanical engineering knowledge. - Essential
  • Practical engineering skills. - Essential
  • Maintenance of mechanical systems. - Desirable [1]
  • Basic electrical/ electronics knowledge. - Desirable [3]
  • Knowledge of control systems, or scientific instruments or marine equipment. - 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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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.