ICT Engineer

Recruiter
The British Antarctic Survey
Location
Cambridgeshire
Salary
Competitive
Posted
01 Aug 2017
Expires
16 Aug 2017
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time

The British Antarctic Survey is seeking an ICT Engineer to complete project work on the RRS Sir David Attenborough and its Associated Projects and to help maintain all the equipment the department is responsible for. You will be required to offer remote assistance to engineers on the ground and you will also implement and run a programme of planned maintenance for all key equipment.
The successful post holder will work closely with the Communications Systems Manager, taking any project work given from the design stage through to on-site implementation. You will need to be skilled in networking and communications engineering with the ability to offer technical support and complete remote maintenance. This position requires a self starter, able to work autonomously and to assimilate information quickly and make decisions accordingly.

Purpose
1) To assist with, but not limited to, the planning and delivery of the following projects:
RRS Sir David Attenborough
Halley re-location
Rothera Re-development
VSAT upgrade
2) Undertake the routine support and maintenance of the communications systems and networks within BAS (Cambridge, Antarctica & Research Vessels).
The jobholder will be required to take a flexible approach to their work and accommodate new technologies as systems are developed.

Duties
The Communications Systems department is responsible for the provision of all technical and operational communications systems and services (including but not limited to, HF and VHF radios, VSAT and Iridium satellite equipment, antennae, instrumentation, WAN/LAN and the VoIP telephone system) within the head office at Cambridge, on five Antarctic research stations and on board two Antarctic going vessels. As ICT Engineer, you will be involved across the whole spectrum of this work as follows:
-Project work - you will be able to take a project "work package" and manage it from the design stage through to on-site implementation. A wide range of hands-on engineering skills will be required as well as excellent planning skills and a flexible approach.
-Maintenance - you will be expected to gain a good technical and operational understanding of all the equipment the department is responsible for and be able to offer remote assistance to engineers on the ground. You will also implement and run a programme of planned maintenance for all key equipment.
-Network - work with the Network Engineer to manage and maintain the WAN/LAN. This includes network administration on switches, routers and access points. You should be comfortable installing and managing network cabling and hardware.
-Administration -you will undertake the administration and management of the stations spares holding. This will include keeping accurate records, identifying and purchasing required spares. There is also an amount of routine administration involved with the role, including taking an occasional turn manning the ICT helpdesk.
-Interpersonal / management - whilst there will be no direct line management responsibility with this post, you may be required to deputise from time to time to cover absences. Good team working is a pre-requisite both in Cambridge and with personnel in Antarctica. You may be called upon to provide training for new Antarctic wintering personnel each year.

Essential Requirements
-Electronics/Communications engineering
OR
-Network engineering in a Cisco environment
-Installation/testing of systems
-Engineering/installation craft skills
-Technical support / remote maintenance
-Relevant HNC or higher
-Good engineering maths Financially aware
-Working knowledge of standard office IT applications and databases
-Management of personal time and priorities
-General project management techniques
-Fluent in written and spoken English language
-Experience communicating with both technical and non-technical audiences
-Ability to write technical documentation
-Ability to assimilate information quickly and make decisions accordingly
-Ability to work effectively with stakeholders
-Experience working successfully within a small team
-Collaborating closely with colleagues to meet user needs
-Physical capability and medical fitness to undertake work in the Antarctic

Desirable Requirements
-Radio / satellite systems experience
-Site experience / cabling installation
-Helpdesk experience
-System admin of Cisco network hardware
-Degree/HND in Electronics
OR
-Computer Science/Networking
-CCNA

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