Mechanical Engineer

Job reference: BAS 111/19
Contract type: Fixed-Term Appointment (18 months)
Duration: Fixed-Term Appointment (18 months)
Salary: Starting from 30,782 per annum.
Benefits: We offer generous benefits
Team: British Antarctic Survey
Location: Cambridge but with potential for periods in the Polar Regions.
Closing date: 17 November, 2019 11:59 pm


The British Antarctic Survey (BAS) is looking for 2x Mechanical Engineers to join the Engineering Technology team. The role will be based in Cambridge but may involve periods of duty in the Polar Regions.

The successful candidate will be expected to develop and maintain scientific or operational systems used in Antarctica or aboard our research vessels. You will provide engineering support from the UK and work with a small team assisting with the development of new technologies and the design and manufacture of new equipment.

Why should you work at BAS?

British Antarctic Survey (BAS), an institute of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), 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 and our impact on it.

Our success is based on the dedication of our people and we strive to offer each and every employee an enjoyable, challenging and rewarding career.

Our work is complex, challenging and innovative. It takes a range of professionals across the full engineering and scientific spectrum to carry it out. Whatever field our people specialise in, they all share the same mind-set: a drive to make things work better and to redefine the established standards.


To develop and maintain equipment used in Antarctica or on board Research ships. Assist in operating such equipment in Polar regions or on ship if required.


HNC/HND in engineering.


Key duties and responsibilities include:

  • Provide engineering support in the UK.
  • Prepare, pack and arrange delivery of equipment for deployment. Service equipment.
  • Support equipment in the polar regions or on ship
  • To develop scientific or mechanical systems.
  • Working with and supporting engineering colleagues, delivering projects and tasks in a professional manner.
  • Assist with processing and analysis of ice cores in collaboration with science colleagues (1 post only).
  • Assist with the development of new technology and work with engineering departments to design and manufacture new equipment.
  • Other duties as appropriate and required by Head of Services.

For any queries, please quote reference: BAS 111/19

Closing date for receipt of application forms is: 17th November 2019

Interviews are scheduled to be held on: 2nd and 3rd December 2019.

Start date: TBC

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 job sharing, to support childcare and other caring responsibilities.

posted: 29 October 2019     Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.