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British Antarctic Survey

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.

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. The UK is one of over thirty countries operating scientific research facilities in Antarctica.

We have a framework that exemplifies the culture to which the British Antarctic Survey aspires. This can be described in the following way:

POSITIVE: Positive attitude, energy, realism, enjoys the work.

RESPONSIBLE: Safety conscious, environmentally friendly, accountable for one’s actions, honourable, ethical, open and fair.

INNOVATIVE: Creative, flexible, thinking of better ways, constructively challenging, learning from experience, problem solving, entrepreneurial and outward looking.

COOPERATIVE: Open, communicative, caring and loyal to one another, working in the best interests of BAS and science.

EXCELLENT: Professional, efficient and effective, successful and recognised, high quality, applying best practice and developing our people.

These cultural values provide staff with a framework to ensure that there is a common understanding of what is expected of anyone working for the organisation. If you are considering applying to work for the British Antarctic Survey, it is important that you reflect on these values and consider whether you would feel comfortable in this sort of environment. If you are invited to attend an interview, it is likely that you will be asked about your reaction to these values.  We offer flexible working, networking and mentoring opportunities, as well as tailored leadership development.


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Our Mission

Our Vision

To be a world-leading centre for polar science and polar operations, addressing issues of global importance and helping society adapt to a changing world.

BAS is a research-driven organisation recognised for:

  • Commitment to excellence in science
  • Operational professionalism and innovation in everything we do
  • A partner of choice for science, operations and business wherever polar expertise can be applied
  • Safely delivering complex operations in extreme environments
  • Commitment to environmental stewardship of the polar regions
  • Developing our staff to reach their full potential
  • Sustaining an active and influential presence in Antarctica on behalf of the UK, and playing a leadership role in Antarctic affairs
  • Engagement with policy-makers, government and the public


Diversity is paramount to our organisation and our success.  Few organisations have such a rich concentration of people drawn from such varied backgrounds — we have leading scientists, experienced tradespeople, communication specialists, electricians, accountants, chefs, field assistants, web specialists, divers and administrators among our team in Cambridge, Antarctica and the Arctic. 

The very nature of our organisation demands diversity — and it is embraced by our people. One of the appeals of working here, and especially in the closeness of the polar regions, is the chance to mix with people from many different backgrounds.

Recognising advancement of gender equality: representation, progression and success for all

Women in BAS play a leading role in the success of our science and operational activities.   Within the Leadership teams the Director and the Director of Innovation are women who have successfully forged academic careers in Earth Sciences and Plant Sciences respectively. Several senior management positions, including the Head of HR, the Head of Communications and deputy science leaders are held by women.  Female pilots, station leaders, and marine officers work for BAS in Antarctica.

BAS is an equal opportunity employer with a range of policies to promote equality and diversity in all areas of our science and operational activities.  If you are looking for a rewarding career, working with amazing people in amazing places you can find out more here.

Benefits at British Antarctic Survey

List of all the benefits that British Antarctic Survey are offering their employees. Benefits may vary depending on role, location and length of service.

  • Discount Scheme
  • Annual Leave - 30 Days
  • Career Break
  • Health, Welfare and Legal Support
  • Financial Incentives (Stocks, Share Options)
  • Additional Sick Pay
  • Enhanced Maternity/Paternity/Adoption Leave

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