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Electronics Engineer - Rothera

British Antarctic Survey
£27,163 per annum
Closing date
31 Dec 2023

Job Details

The British Antarctic Survey (BAS) offers the opportunity for a suitably qualified person to overwinter in Antarctica at
Rothera (68°S, 68 °W) station. This is electronics with a difference. As part of a small, highly motivated team, you will
be spending a whole year in the Antarctic, life here is like nowhere else, so you must be ready to take on all the
challenges it offers. With the unparalleled beauty of the Antarctic, you will find this a profitable experience in more
ways than one. The primary role of the successful candidate will be to maintain and operate a suite of scientific
instruments studying the atmosphere and geospace. You will also support the HF radio and Satellite communications
The successful candidate will work in a small team that maintain, operate and make minor developments to
hardware and software for scientific experiments. You will have proven ability in electronics and computing
hardware coupled with self-reliance and strong motivation. You must be adaptable and willing to take on various
tasks as they arise, including a considerable amount of outdoor maintenance and general base work.
This will be a challenging and demanding opportunity in an extreme and isolated environment. Applicants must
therefore be physically capable and medically fit.
To operate and maintain a suite of scientific experiments in the Antarctic and support the HF radio and Satellite
communications systems.
Duties & Responsibilities:

  • To routinely check, operate and maintain a suite of scientific experiments and communications equipment in
  • the Antarctic.
  • To organise and carry out the work in a safe and professional manner.
  • To keep line management aware of progress and report any major problems as and when they arise.
  • To compile monthly and annual reports of the work undertaken.
  • To request replacement stores to meet the yearly shipping deadlines.
  • To keep the facilities in a professional and orderly condition.
  • To work with other staff to ensure that the operational and safety standards of the station are maintained.
  • To assist other members of the science team in their duties, this will include taking part in a rota to
  • undertake meteorological and other observations outside of normal working hours.
  • To lead on technical fieldwork programmes.
  • Support the HF radio and Satellite communications systems.
  • To undertake general duties as required by the station leader.

The appointment will be for approximately 22 months, commencing in April/May 2024. The successful
candidates will assist in preparing the equipment needed for the next Antarctic season and will undertake appropriate specialist training in Cambridge prior to travelling to Antarctica in autumn 2024 and returning
in spring 2026.


British Antarctic Survey (BAS) is a component of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). Based in Cambridge, United Kingdom, it has, for over 60 years, undertaken the majority of Britain's scientific research on and around the Antarctic continent. It now shares that continent with scientists from over thirty countries.


British Antarctic Survey enables world-leading interdisciplinary research in the Polar Regions. We employ a wide range of skilled science, operational and support staff based in Cambridge, Antarctica, on ships and aircraft as well in the Arctic.  We work together to deliver research that uses the Polar Regions to advance our understanding of Earth as a sustainable planet.  There are many opportunities to grow a successful career at BAS.  

Engineering and technology is critical to the success of polar research. Our world-leading research depends on the expertise of a wide range of specialists who work in Antarctica, onboard our ships, and in our Cambridge offices.

Mechanical engineering

Mechanical engineers work hand-in-hand with scientists to provide bespoke frontline science support across an exciting, diverse range of research programmes. Along with other specialist engineers, projects can include airborne survey systems (radar and cameras), meteorology instruments, hot water drilling equipment, ice coring machinery, space weather sensors such as very low frequency receivers, and even penguin weighbridges!

Mechanical engineers are based at Cambridge, and can be deployed on ships or stations, or into remote fieldwork locations.

Electrical engineering

Like mechanical engineers, electrical engineers work closely with scientists and other engineers to deliver unique pieces of equipment to support frontier science, as descibed above.

Electrical engineers are based at Cambridge, and are frequently deployed on ships or stations, or remote fieldwork locations.

IT engineering

IT engineers provide equipment and support for everyone in the organisation. Some IT engineers work alongside mechanical and electrical engineers on bespoke equipment for frontier science, as above. Others are service desk engineers and network engineers whose critical role is to keep business systems up and running.

Predominantly based in our Cambridge offices IT engineers acan also spend time on ships or stations in the polar regions.

Marine engineering

BAS employs two types of marine engineers:  a Cambridge-based team who are responsible for refitting and maintenance of all the science, propulsion and navigation equipment onboard ships;  and mariners such as the Chief Engineer, 2nd, 3rd and 4th engineers who work at sea to ensure ships equipment and systems run smoothly while on polar research or operational missions.

Aircraft Engineering

BAS operates two aircraft types (DHC-6 and DHC-7) primarily in the Antarctic, but also worldwide. BAS holds the necessary regulatory approved CAMO (Continued Airworthiness Management Organisation) function for these aircraft.  As such BAS has a small cell of dedicated aircraft engineering management staff within the Air Unit, based at Cambridge, to assure continuous airworthiness compliance, oversight, control and give direction to our contracted aircraft engineers on any work necessary to maintain and assure continued airworthiness in service in the world’s most challenging operating environments. The direct aircraft scheduled maintenance and rectification is accomplished through our approved contracted aircraft engineering entities, currently based in Canada.

Vehicle mechanics

Operating stations and vehicles in extreme climates such as the polar regions requires skilled mechanics and technicians to maintain, repair and deploy vehicles including Snowmobiles, Pisten-Bullys and Bulldozers. Mechanics can be based at Cambridge for five months before being deployed to support operations in Antarctica.




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