Radio Officer

Job reference:
BAS 20/19
Contract type:
Antarctic Summer (Approx. 6 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
Antarctic employment pool team
<p>Rothera – Pre deployment training at Cambridge HQ </p>
Closing date:
31 March, 2020 11:59 pm


British Antarctic Survey is offering a unique opportunity as Radio Officer 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 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 amazing places then British Antarctic Survey could be for you. We aim to attract the best people for those jobs.


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 the following reference for any queries: BAS 20/19
Closing date for receipt of applications form is: 31 March 2020
Interviews are scheduled to be held on: 11 May 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 - a) oral skills b) written skills

  • Good spoken and written English - Essential
  • Spoken and written Spanish - Desirable [0]

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

Interpersonal skills

  • 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 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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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.