Wintering IT Engineer – Antarctica

Job reference:
BAS 24/19
Contract type:
Antarctic Contract
Antarctic Winter (Approx. 18 Months)
£23,937 per annum initially. Additionally, upon completion of a successful tour, you will receive a 10% bonus on your Antarctic Service.
We offer generous benefits
Antarctic employment pool team
Closing date:
31 March, 2019 11:59 pm


The British Antarctic Survey (BAS), part of the Natural Environment Research Council, aims to undertake a world-class programme of scientific research, and to sustain for the UK an active and influential regional presence and a leadership role in Antarctic affairs.

We are looking for a Wintering IT Engineer to provide operational and technical support for the communications systems in the Antarctic, ensuring communications are maintained between the Antarctic bases, ships, field parties, aircraft and BAS Cambridge.


To provide operational and technical support for the communications systems in the Antarctic, ensuring communications are maintained between the Antarctic bases, ships, field parties, aircraft and BAS Cambridge.


BTEC L3 (tech discipline), A-level (with technical bias) or equivalent.


- Operation, maintenance and servicing of communications equipment (including HF and VHF radios, VHF repeaters, Aircraft Navigation aids, AIS boating systems, VSAT and Iridium satellite equipment, antennae, instrumentation).
- Installation work for new equipment may be required.
- Radio operation / communications with other stations, ships, field parties and aircraft.
- Provide training on the use of radio and communications equipment.
- Issue and retrieval of communications field equipment.
- Upkeep of all documentation/wiki.
- Front line support of all station computer hardware and software including Local Area Network, Windows servers and desktops and personal laptops.
- Partake in general base duties as required.
- Undertake other duties as required by the Director of BAS.

On-line application forms and further information are available on our website at

These are also available from the Human Resources Section, British Antarctic Survey, High Cross, Madingley Road, Cambridge, CB3 0ET. Tel: (01223) 221508.

Please quote reference: BAS 24/19

Closing date for receipt of application forms is: 31st March 2019
Interview date: 30th April 2019
Proposed start date: Summer 2019

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 part-time or full-time employment as well as flexible hours due to caring or other commitments.

You will need to be physically capable and medically fit to work in Antarctic conditions.

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

Communication skills

  • Fluent in written and spoken English language. - Essential
  • Clear and concise. - Essential
  • Documentation experience. - Essential
  • Radio operation/liaising with personnel. - Desirable [2]
  • Log keeping/report writing. - Desirable [2]

Computer / IT skills

  • Working knowledge of standard office IT and databases. - Essential

Decision Making

  • Ability to assimilate information quickly and make decisions under pressure. - Essential

Interpersonal skills

  • Ability to work on own and as part of a team. - Essential

Managerial ability

  • Management of personal time and priorities. - Essential

Numerical ability

  • That expected for HNC or higher qualification in an engineering discipline. - Essential
  • Financially aware. - Desirable [3]

Other Factors

  • Spanish language skills. - Desirable [5]
  • Experience of aircraft operations. - Desirable [4]
  • Small or remote team experience. - Desirable [1]


  • BTEC L3 (tech discipline) or equivalent. - Essential
  • A-level (with technical bias) or equivalent. - Essential
  • Relevant degree in Electronics or similar subject, or lower qualification backed by suitable experience. - Desirable [2]

Resource Management ability

  • Experience of deploying equipment and personnel according to priorities. - Essential

Skills / Experience

  • Electronics engineering. - Essential
  • HF / VHF radio & antennas. - Essential
  • Terminating / installation F/Fibre/Copper cabling. - Essential
  • First Line PC support – software & hardware. - Essential
  • Networking fundamentals (Cisco knowledge desirable). - Essential
  • Iridium satellite systems. - Desirable [3]
  • Air Navigation Aids. - Desirable [4]
  • Competent at system admin level. - Desirable [4]
  • VSAT satellite systems. - Desirable [2]
  • Radio Operation. - Desirable [2]
  • Any 3 of Above. - Essential

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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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.