Electronics Engineer

£23,937 per annum pro rata + 10% tour completion bonus
18 Jan 2018
28 Feb 2018

Job reference: BAS 07/18

Contract type: Antarctic Contract

Duration: Antarctic Winter (Up to 18 Months)

Salary: £23,937 per annum pro rata. Additionally, upon completion of a successful tour, you will receive a 10% bonus on your Antarctic Service..

Benefits: We offer generous benefits

Team: Antarctic employment pool team

Location: Antarctica

Closing date: 1 April, 2018 11:59 pm


The British Antarctic Survey (BAS) offers the opportunity for a suitably qualified person to overwinter in Antarctica at our Halley VI (76°S, 27°W) or 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.

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 as well as your share in routine duties such as meteorological observations.

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.


Relevant practical experience in electronics is essential, knowledge of data acquisition techniques, RF electronics systems, gas handling, atmospheric chemistry experiments would be an advantage as would electrical engineering certification. Candidates should have a minimum of HNC in electronics and ideally several years experience.


- To routinely check, operate and maintain a suite of scientific experiments 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 assist with field work programmes.

- To undertake general duties as required by the station leader.

- To assist in other duties as required by the Director of BAS.

On-line application forms and further information are available on our website by clicking APPLY.

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 07/18

Closing date for receipt of application forms is: 1st April 2018

Interviews are scheduled to be held on: 27th April 2018

Proposed start date: One Halley Electronic Engineer to start in May 2018. One Rothera Electronic Engineer and one Halley Electronic Engineer to start in August 2018. 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 2017 and returning in spring 2019.

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 role.

From April 2018, the British Antarctic Survey, a component part of the Natural Environment Research Council, will be part of UK Research and Innovation. UK Research and Innovation will bring together the seven Research Councils, Innovate UK and a new organisation, Research England. The vision for the new organisation is to be the best research and innovation organisation in the world. More information can be found online at http://www.ukri.org. From April 2018, you will be employed by UK Research and Innovation.

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