Radio Officer

Job reference:
BAS 22/10
Contract type:
Antarctic Contract
6 Months
£25,179 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
Closing date:
31 March, 2022 11:59 pm


Radio Officers provide a communications service to field and station operations.

Working as part of the tower operations team they provide an accurate and effective flow of information to ensure the safety and efficiency of BAS operations.

Radio Officers must have the ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both in person and over radio and satellite communications systems. They need to remain calm and accurate under pressure, maintain excellent situational awareness, and remain vigilant for any safety issues that may arise.
During the summer season the operations tower runs 7 days a week, and work is dictated by weather and operational tempo. Work is on a shift pattern and will require working antisocial hours.

Who we are

British Antarctic Survey (BAS) delivers and enables world-leading interdisciplinary research in the Polar Regions. Our 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 our 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 and 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 one of the most unique places in the world, then British Antarctic Survey could be for you. We aim to attract the best people for those jobs.

COVID-19 update

• We have a responsibility to do everything that we can to ensure that BAS Ships and Stations remain COVID-free and that staff are deployed safely and responsibly. Our medical screening for this season will therefore take account of the recognised factors that increase your risk of an adverse reaction to the coronavirus. The assessment is done confidentially by our Medical Unit and the criteria might be subject to change.
• You will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19, more details will be confirmed closer to your appointment date using the most recent guidance from the government and our medical unit.
• You might be required to quarantine two weeks before your deployment, and you might sail to Antarctica on our polar ship.

All applications will be checked and those without the right to work in the UK or without a realistic prospect of being able to acquire the right to work in the UK will not progress.

Please read the Applicants guide here before submitting your application.


As a Radio Officer you will be based at Rothera Station as part of the small team that coordinates information flow for BAS operations in Antarctica, covering an area of three million km2.

The role involves receiving and distributing a wide range of information over diverse mediums. One moment you may be acknowledging the safe return of a boat in the local area whilst carefully scanning the runway ahead of the next Rothera aircraft arrival, the next switching to HF radio to monitor an aircraft landing at a field site 800 miles away.

You should be able to rapidly prioritise multiple tasks and remain calm under pressure. An aptitude for quickly learning new procedures and technologies is also desirable. You will be required to pass a CAA Radio Operator's Certificate of Competence (ROCC) as part of your pre-departure training.


  • Passing and receiving messages and weather information
  • Aircraft flight following
  • Scheduled calls with Field parties
  • Initial response to Major Incidents, receiving distress or Mayday calls.
  • Support to station operations, inc. personnel, small boats, vehicles, construction heavy plant etc.
  • Submitting flight plans using AFPEX system
  • Operating VHF/HF radios and satellite phone systems

Please quote reference: BAS 22/10
Closing date for receipt of application forms is: 31 March 2022
Interviews are scheduled to be held: week of: 19 May 2022
Interview dates are subject to change.

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.

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

Communication skills

  • Good spoken and written English - Essential
  • Spoken and written Spanish - Desirable [4]

Computer / IT skills

  • General use of Office packages - Essential
  • Ability to learn specialist software - Essential
  • Knowledge of GIS software - Desirable [4]

Decision Making

  • Ability to prioritise tasks - Essential
  • Calm under pressure - Essential
  • Able to work as part of small team working under pressure - Essential

Numerical ability

  • Basic numeracy - Essential

Skills / Experience

  • HF/VHF Radio Operation - Essential
  • Prior experience of BAS or other Polar operations - Desirable [3]
  • Experience of aircraft flight following (AGRO, FISS, ATC or similar) - Desirable [3]
  • Experience of aviation operations - Desirable [3]
  • Experience in similar field, emergency services dispatcher, etc. - Desirable [4]

In order to apply, please complete and upload all the application forms listed below. If you experience any issues in uploading your Application Form, please email us your complete application, making reference to the job reference and title.

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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 protected]
+44 (0)1223 221400
+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.