IT Engineer - Rothera
Contract Type: Full Time
Duration: Fixed Term Contract - 20 months
Salary: £28,763 per annum + benefits
Team: Antarctic Employment Pool
Location: BAS, Cambridge and Antarctica
Closing Date: 31 March 2024
British Antarctic Survey (BAS) is looking for an exceptional IT Engineer to join our 100 strong team based in Antarctica. 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!
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.
Working at BAS is rewarding. The UK's polar research effort is critically important for understanding environmental issues that affect everyone. This is an opportunity to do what may seem like an ordinary job in the most extraordinary place on Earth. You'll be joining The Windows Team, who are a small group within BAS IT who specialise in Microsoft software. You will be familiar with Windows Desktop, but did you also know that we support around one hundred Windows Servers, Active Directory, Azure, O365, SQL, clustering, print and patching servers. Also, we maintain the VMware virtual infrastructure, Veeam for backups, Sophos and Desktop Central implementations.
We design, build and maintain the technology that has a long-lasting and positive impact on scientists and support staff. In a modern world full of complexities, choice and online danger, we provide a workspace to collaborate safely and in compliance with modern security policy and the GDPR.
We work closely with people who maintain systems such as Maximo, AMOS, Qperm, Modes, Metering and Flexi. We are responsible for the licencing servers such as those for Minitab, ArcGIS and Adobe and the Micro concepts Autocad vault. If you use software such as Office, ArcGIS or Sigmaplot then the installation kit has been created and thoroughly tested by us.
We support our Polar stations with administration applications and robust secure storage and are also administrators for the NERC Office 365 Tenancy and the NERC Active Directory. We innovate and improve our systems daily, with every day built on the last, by maintaining current services and preparing to introduce or replace old ones. We are aware of our environmental footprint and constantly strive to improve things with low power technology, better use of air conditioning and modern thinking. Finally, we are an approachable and friendly bunch who are happy to discuss your IT needs.
You'll help us to provide operational and technical support for the IT & Data Management systems in the Antarctic. The IT Engineer will be a flexible and capable IT professional able to support a wide range of equipment.
Within the role, there will be an opportunity to develop - there will be training available to fill in skill gaps - this may be formal or in house. There is three months learning the BAS systems before travelling south and a handover with the outgoing engineer.
You'll be joining a world-leading interdisciplinary research organisation, that is committed to recruiting talented people like you giving you the support, you need to thrive at BAS. Antarctica is one of the most exhilarating and spectacular workplaces you could imagine.
Your main responsibilities will include:
- To implement, maintain and support IT and data services at Rothera
- Upkeep of documentation
- To fully contribute to the work of IT, data management and BAS as appropriate
Current projects the team are working on include the commissioning of the new Operations and Science Support building at Rothera Research station.
For the role of IT Engineer we are looking for somebody who:
- Has a BTEC/National Diploma or equivalent in computing or equivalent working experience
- Has experience with virtualisation
- Can work alone as well as part of a team
If we've just described you, we'd love to hear from you.
What we offer:
As a valued employee, you'll be eligible for benefits including an end of contract payment upon completion of a successful assignment in Antarctica, annual leave, a defined benefit pension scheme with NEST (National Employment Savings Trust) and access to 24 hours/365 days per year employee assistance programme. In addition, you will be provided with pre-deployment training and accommodation costs. All food, accommodation and polar clothing during Antarctic deployment will also be provided.
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.
Reference: TJ/7366/BAS 24/14
Job ID: 3306177