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British Antarctic Survey


Marine Engineering




One month ago

Closing date:

01 May 2024

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Deck Engineer
Contract Type Full Time
Duration Open ended appointment
Salary £46,353 - £55,842 per annum
Benefits We offer generous benefits
Team Ship
Location RRS Sir David Attenborough
Closing Date 01 May 2024


British Antarctic Survey (BAS) is looking for an outstanding Deck Engineer to join the crew of the RRS Sir David Attenborough. BAS delivers and enables world-leading interdisciplinary research in the Polar Regions. We employ experts from many different professions to carry out our Science as well as keep the lights on, feed the research and support teams and keep everyone safe!

As a valued member of our team, you’ll be eligible for the following benefits:

  • Generous benefit pension scheme
  • Comprehensive sick pay coverage
  • During Antarctic deployment all food, accommodation and polar clothing are provided
  • Employer discount scheme on a range of travel gifts and leisure
  • Support for further tickets/training courses

You’ll be joining a close-knit team of the RRS Sir David Attenborough as it carries out scientific research across the polar regions. The ship is world leading in its scientific capabilities and regularly carries out science trials across the world with a driven focus on the Antarctic regions.

You’ll be responsible for the maintenance and functionality of the ship’s fixed scientific machinery, ship’s cranes, cargo tender and workboat machinery, fully utilising the Planned Maintenance System.

Within the role, there will be an opportunity to develop role specific skills to compliment your time on the ship. There will also be standard training provided that is specially developed for Polar travel.  

You’ll be joining a world-leading interdisciplinary research organisation, that is committed to recruiting talented people like you, progressing your career and giving you the support, you need to thrive at BAS.

Your main responsibilities will include:

  • To liaise with the Polar Chief Engineer, Chief Officer and Principal Scientific Officer to best ensure the correct operation and availability of the ship's fixed scientific machinery including, traction winches, gantries, towing platforms, scientific hydraulic power packs, uncontaminated seawater system, and portable equipment stored ashore including, Seismic Air compressors, mooring winch and reeler winch.
  • To liaise with the Polar Chief Engineer, Chief Officer, Deck Staff, Principal Scientific Officer and Science Staff for mobilisation of portable scientific equipment including, Seismic Air Compressors, Streamers, ROV’s, Coring Equipment, Nets, Grabs, Drills, etc.
  • To work closely with the CPO Science (Science Bosun) and Deck Crew involved, to ensure the safe operation of Ship’s Winches, Gantries and Cranes.

For the role of Deck Engineer we are looking for someone who has:

  • A Seafarer Medical Certificate (ENG1) without restrictions
  • Has a strong awareness of health, safety, security and environmental issues
  • Possesses mentoring and training skills; which should lead to developing team dynamics and competencies

If we’ve just described you, we’d love to hear from you.  Apply now at

Working at BAS is rewarding. Our skilled science, operational 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 our 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), which is part of UK Research and Innovation

What experiences can we offer you?

At BAS, we believe everyone plays a vital role, is unique and valued, therefore, we embrace diversity as well as equality of opportunity and are committed to creating an inclusive and welcoming working environment where everyone’s unique perspectives are valued.

Different perspectives and collaborative working help us achieve our best work and come together to form a high performing team which makes positive changes in the business. That’s the power of every individual.  Our cultural values are built on mutual respect, inclusion, commitment and excellence.

If you are looking for an opportunity to work with world class and amazing people in one of the most unique places in the world, then British Antarctic Survey could be for you.

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British Antarctic Survey (BAS) is looking for an outstanding Deck Engineer to join the crew of the RRS Sir David Attenborough.

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