Renewable Energy Engineer

Job reference:
BAS 21/86
Contract type:
Full Time
£31,931 - £34,709
We offer generous benefits
Estates team
Cambridge and Antarctica
Closing date:
11 July, 2021 11:59 pm

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


The British Antarctic Survey (BAS) is currently looking a Renewable Energy Engineer to join the dynamic Estates team. This is a an exciting opportunity to contribute to the delivery and management of renewable energy and low carbon technologies across the UK and Antarctica.

Who we are

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 to 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.


BAS is currently working towards ambitious targets to de-carbonise our operations across the UK and Antarctica. With a diverse estate spanning 5 remote Antarctic research stations and our HQ in Cambridge, this is a unique and exciting opportunity to join the BAS Estates engineering team in the delivery and management of renewable energy and low carbon technologies.

The successful candidate will engage in all project stages from feasibility to the construction and operation of systems at our sites in Cambridge and the Antarctic.

BAS is on a journey to Net Zero. This role will be a driving force in updating our estate to meet this challenge and a key stakeholder in assuring all new technologies are effective and can be operated and maintained safely.


  • Support the Estates Engineering Manager by liaising with design teams, construction partners, technical advisors and BAS stakeholders.
  • Draft business cases, plan, design and deliver small projects (£0-£500k), including the on-site delivery and supervision of tradespeople/technicians.
  • Monitor energy use, identifying areas of good/poor practice and opportunities for improvement, promoting energy efficient design solutions.
  • Provide leadership and management to a small team of Estates technicians.
  • Review technical design submissions and co-ordinate BAS stakeholder comments relating to engineering matters.
  • Provide accurate, comprehensive and timely responses to project technical queries, liaising with end users as required.
  • Assess and advise on safety, reliability and resilience of new installations and technologies, with an understanding of the remote operating environment and limitations.
  • Provide technical advice to Project Managers and stakeholders in support of key project decisions.
  • Provide support to other BAS infrastructure projects as an experienced member of the Estates Engineering team

Please quote reference for any queries: BAS 21/86

Publication date: 6 June 2021
Closing date for receipt of application forms is: 11 July 2021
Interviews are scheduled to be held on: 27 July 2021

At BAS, our vision is to be a world-leading centre for polar science and operations. Making our vision a reality depends on the excellence and diversity of our staff. We are committed to creating a workplace where all our staff can flourish and succeed. BAS is a Disability Confident employer, we are proud to hold a bronze Athena Swan award and we are a member of enei, the Employers Network for Equality & Inclusion.

We appreciate the importance of achieving work-life balance and support this with a number of family and carer-friendly policies. Plus a flexible working policy for those who may wish to amend their working pattern or arrangement.

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 interpersonal and communication skills with an ability to communicate technical information to a wide range of individuals and groups both orally and in written form - Essential
  • Report writing experience - Desirable [3]
  • Power point presentation experience - Desirable [4]

Computer / IT skills

  • Use office packages. Word, Excel - Essential
  • Ability to use AutoCAD - Desirable [3]
  • Experience of electronic PPM systems such as Maximo - Desirable [5]
  • Experience delivery projects to BIM level 2. - Desirable [5]

Decision Making

  • Ability to make technical assessments by evaluating site information and data. - Essential
  • Ability to make decisions and provide solutions to tasks - Essential
  • A clear understanding of when assistance/confirmation with decision-making should be sought - Essential
  • Should be enthusiastic about tackling a range of problems and determined to provide satisfactory solutions - Desirable [1]

Interpersonal skills

  • Ability to work effectively individually and as part of a team. Ability to build productive relationships and work with a wide range of people including scientists, administrators and contractors. - Essential

Managerial ability

  • Track record of time/ work management skills and ability to progress several tasks in short succession with minimal supervision. - Essential
  • Experience of leading small teams - Desirable [3]
  • Project Management / Project Engineer experience - Desirable [3]

Other Factors

  • Flexibility to adjust to changing priorities - Essential
  • Can identify key issues that need to be addressed to achieve objectives and how to tackle them. - Essential
  • Demonstrate understanding of Health & safety issues - Desirable [1]

Resource Management ability

  • Budget management experience - Desirable [4]

Skills / Experience

  • Experience of design/installation/commissioning and maintenance of energy efficiency & sustainable systems - Solar PV - Solar thermal - Heat pumps - Wind turbines - Essential
  • Experience in the application of energy efficient systems/renewables within mechanical and/or electrical building services design sector. - Desirable [3]
  • Proven track record in engineering project management - Desirable [3]
  • Knowledge of building systems including HVAC, control systems, refrigeration, power generation systems - Desirable [3]
  • Preparation of risk assessments, COSHH assessments and procedures in line with CDM Regulations 2015 - Desirable [4]
  • Experience in technical writing for Operation and Maintenance Manuals and procedures/method statements - Desirable [4]
  • Working knowledge of relevant statutory legislation such as COSHH, DSEAR, Pressure Systems, Refrigerant Controls 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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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.