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Fourth Engineer

  • Post Date:21st May 2020
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Job Description

Job reference: BAS 20/62

Contract type: Fixed-Term

Duration: 6-9 months with the possibility of extension.

Salary: Starting salary from £30,420 per annum (pending pay award)

Benefits: We offer generous benefits

Team: British Antarctic Survey

Closing date: 14 June, 2020 11:50 pm

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, please note there may be delays to our recruitment timeline.


The British Antarctic Survey (BAS) is currently looking for a Fourth Engineer to join the New Polar Research Vessel – RRS Sir David Attenborough at present, completing Outfitting and Commissioning at Cammell Laird Ship Yard.

What is the role about?

This is an exciting opportunity to work on-board a cutting edge diesel electric powered, ice class, vessel, which will be a world-leading polar exploration and research vessel. The state-of-the-art on-board facilities and future-proof containerised laboratories on this world-leading science platform will offer new research opportunities for polar scientists.

The successful candidate will be an integral member of the Ship’s Marine Team supporting Arctic research cruises in the northern summer and carrying out research programmes and transporting people and supplies to the BAS research stations in Antarctica during the austral summer.

Who are we?

British Antarctic Survey (BAS) 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 as a sustainable planet. Through its 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). NERC is part of UK Research and Innovation


  • To be responsible for the management of an engine room watch or UMS duty watch and the maintenance of plant and machinery as instructed.
  • To plan and execute carefully all duties and tasks assigned to them.


  • To carry out maintenance, managing their specified tasks in accordance with the Planned Maintenance System and assist with other maintenance tasks under the direction of the Second Engineer Officer.
  • To fully utilise the Planned Maintenance System ensuring that all routine and non-routine tasks are correctly recorded, to provide future benefit.
  • To assume special responsibility for the fuel oil and lube oil purifiers, fuel oil bunkering and internal fuel oil transfer, and to assist Polar C/E with Ship’s Bunkering Operations.
  • To maintain the Oil Record Book under the supervision of the Seconds Engineer.
  • To observe and report defects in any machinery and advise possible requirements for spares/stores.
  • To take charge of and manage an engine room watch/duty watch at sea and in port under the direction of the Second Engineer.
  • To develop a thorough knowledge of Engine Room systems and understudy the Second Engineer Officer position for future career progression.
  • To assist the Second Engineer with the implementation and operation of Ship’s Winterisation procedures.
  • To have an understanding of the BAS Permit to Work systems and assist and comply with its use.
  • To undertake any other duties consistent with the key responsibilities and duties of the post, as directed by the Master.

We will only accept fully completed applications and a CV can also be submitted.

Please quote reference: BAS 20/62

Closing date for receipt of application forms is: Sunday 14th June 2020

Interviews are scheduled to be held: End of June / early July

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.