Radio Officer

Job reference:
BAS 21/10
Contract type:
Antarctic Contract
Summer Contract (up to 6 months)
£24,685 per annum initially. Additionally, upon completion of a successful tour, you will receive a bonus of up to 10%.
We offer generous benefits
Antarctic employment pool team
Antarctica (Rothera)
Closing date:
31 March, 2021 11:59 pm

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, please note there may be delays to our recruitment timeline.


British Antarctic Survey is offering a unique opportunity as Radio Officer in Antarctica

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 as well as keep the 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 (Primarily this is BMI at or above 30, age over 60 years old, or a history of smoking). The assessment is done confidentially by our Medical Unit and the criteria might be subject to change.
  • You might be required to quarantine two weeks prior to your deployment, and you might sail to Antarctica on our polar ship.

All applications will be checked at point of application by BAS staff 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.


  • Communications officers provide a communications service to field operations and operations on station.
  • 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 field and station operations.
  • Communications 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 good 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 may require working antisocial hours.


  • 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, small boats, vehicles etc.
  • Submitting flight plans using AFPEX system
  • Operating VHF/HF radios and satellite phone systems

Please quote reference: BAS 21/10

Publication date: 8 January 2021

Closing date for receipt of application forms is: 31 March 2021
Interviews are scheduled to be held: 6 May 2021

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 [3]

Computer / IT skills

  • General use of office packages - Essential
  • Ability to learn specialist software - Essential

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

  • Knowledge of GIS software - Desirable [3]
  • 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 in similar field, emergency services dispatcher, etc. - Desirable [3]

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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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.