Network Engineer

£28,200 to £38,254 per annum
12 Mar 2018
01 Apr 2018
BAS 76/17b
Job Role
Network Security
Job Type

A great opportunity has now arisen for a Network Engineer to join the IT Team.

What’s great about the role?

This role will allow you to demonstrate your ability to think both strategically and tactically; shaping the future networking of BAS. You will have opportunities to develop both personally and professionally through ongoing training and management development. You will also be able to develop your network by enacting with colleagues throughout the Natural Environment Research Council.

What’s great about joining this team?

You will be part of a small team of technical experts within a larger department of enthusiastic and motivated IT professionals with a great work ethic and strong team spirit. The department aspires to enable business activity in a pragmatic and agile manner and is highly customer focused, seeking always to deliver IT services to the highest possible standard. Day to day problems and challenges are dealt with pro-actively and with intent to ‘go the extra mile’ if necessary.

What are we looking for?

• Strong Knowledge of Windows Networking, Active Directory, Firewalls. Cisco Networks
• Good cyber essentials knowledge
• Ability to provide solutions aligned to business processes and emerging priorities
• Ability to articulate solutions to complex problems and provide clear advice
• Strong interpersonal skills, and the ability to effectively contribute within a cross functional department.

Why should you come and 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

What would you get?

• Competitive salaries, flexible working, a generous pension scheme, subsidized canteen and sporting activities, superb learning and development opportunities and the chance to visit Antarctica – one of the most amazing places in the world.


  • Band 5 - In the range of £35,222 to £38,254
  • Band 6 - In the range of £28,200 to £30,600

To provide the focus for Network architecture at BAS. Working as part of the IT Team to ensure our Infrastructure meets the needs of BAS and maintains the Confidentiality, Integrity and Availability of data. (Band 5)

The Network Engineer will manage and support the computer network and associated systems across BAS; including telephony, satellite and firewalls. (Band 6)

Relevant IT qualification. This could be either a degree or equivalent relevant experience.Other qualifications could include, eg CCNA, Network+

- Provide strategic guidance on networking architecture ensuring our infrastructure is secure and meets the needs of BAS. (Band 5).
- Manage and ensure the reliable, efficient and effective operation of the local and wide area network in Cambridge, Antarctica and ships and associated systems including, but not limited to, mobile and fixed telephony. (Band 6).
- Maintain and regularly review all the associated network active equipment, telephony hardware and software systems including application of upgrades, new systems/services and enhancements. (Band 6).
- Undertake and lead on network projects to complete specific tasks. Projects may include major hardware/software upgrades or commissioning of complex applications. (Band 5).
- Undertake work on network projects to complete specific tasks, under the guidance/direction of team leads. Projects may include major hardware/software upgrades or commissioning of complex applications. (Band 6).
- Act as one of the points of contact within BAS for security incidents. (Band 5).
- Work across IT platforms and communication systems to provide security guidance as new platforms are introduced. (Band 5).
- Attend meetings as required including events within BAS and NERC. Represent BAS at IT forums. (Band5).
- Proactively monitor the network and telephony system performance, including the satellite links to Antarctica and the ships. (Band 6)
- To keep abreast of emerging technologies and sharing knowledge with colleagues. (Band 6).
- Plan ahead for future system upgrades to ensure all hardware is kept in serviceable life. Liaise with team leads to ensure all requests for future hardware are known, in advance, to allow for budget bidding to take place. (Band 6).
- To respond to users’ support tickets and resolve issues promptly, and within defined SLA’s. (Band 6).
- Partake in developing and communicating the strategic direction of the department. (Band 5).
- Undertake other duties as appropriate as requested by the BAS Director and/or within the BAS IT department.(Band 6).

 Please quote reference: BAS 76/17b

Closing date for receipt of application forms is: 1st April 2018.
Interview date TBC - 19th or 20th April 2018.
Proposed start date: ASAP

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 From April 2018, you will be employed by UK Research and Innovation.