GI - AVO Software Engineer

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Classification:Information Systems Professional 4A
Grade:Grade 81
Work type:Staff Full-time
Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Fairbanks
School/Business unit:Geophysical Institute
Location: Fairbanks
Categories: Other, Research/Science/Grants

Position Summary:

The UAF Geophysical Institute is looking for a software engineer to work as part of the Alaska Volcano Observatory (AVO). This person will work with AVO staff to develop and implement software to improve volcano monitoring and research. We seek someone with advanced programming and database administration skills who is interested in working in a collaborative, dynamic environment.


1010% Effective Communication: - Communicate and coordinate with researchers and software developers at partner agencies: US - Geological Survey and Alaska Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys. - Record and report appropriate and timely levels of detail regarding the status of projects and work performed. - Provide cross training to AVO staff. - Act as technical interface between GI AVO staff and developers at AVO partners to ensure compatibility of custom AVO application software. - Conduct clear, correct, concise, professional presentations when asked. - Prepare for detailed discussions in meetings. - Use effective interpersonal skills in oral and written communications. - Solicit and accept feedback from others in a professional manner.Essential
1010% Sustain Existing Functionality: - Perform system maintenance and software tuning, install upgrades and modify software to support existing and added features and functionality. - Maintain technical skills and readily learn emerging technologies. Possess detailed functional knowledge of software systems. - Analyze and quantify internal trouble reports to scope software repair, requirements, and schedule. - Review historic and current subsystem deficiencies to minimize any inheritance of operational problems with maintaining software. - Create new documentation and update existing documentation to reflect modifications and existing systems.Essential
2020% Project Leadership: - Help design technical project plans with the appropriate level of documentation to satisfy the scope, timeline and deliverables of a project. - Appropriately use resources, track project progress, and communicate status. - Document project and lessons that were learned as part of project closure. Coordinate activities to meet deadlines. Expertly keep multiple assignments progressing forward. - Independently analyze plans and complete assignments.Essential
6060% Development and Technical Projects: - Work with GI AVO staff to develop volcano monitoring tools and software - Write professional quality code that adheres to shop standards and user requirements. - Design future subsystems or enhancements to existing subsystems to improve the operational functionality of those systems. Establish and review requirements for design changes to operational systems. - Analyze and test new and existing software. - Gain, use, and improve database skills to include emerging technologies. - Interact with vendor technical support to solve problems when necessary. - Review others’ code and give feedback. - Use expertise and functional knowledge to assist and mentor others. - Coordinate software deliveries with minimum impact to operations. - Professionally document current processes, systems and software. - Consistently produce high quality work products. Maintain accurate task information. Skillfully collaborate with others. Participate in user work team meetings to provide strategic and technical guidance. - Consistently meet deadlines and effectively manage time.Essential

The Alaska Volcano Observatory is a joint program of the United States Geological Survey, the Geophysical Institute of the University of Alaska Fairbanks and the State of Alaska Division of Geological and Geophysical Surveys. AVO was formed in 1988, and uses federal, state and university resources to monitor and study Alaska's hazardous volcanoes, predict and record eruptive activity, and mitigate volcanic hazards to life and property.

The AVO Software Developer will work with AVO faculty and staff to develop and implement tools and software to improve volcano monitoring and research. Tools developed will analyze real-time data streams collected from instruments deployed on-site and/or remotely viewing volcanoes distributed throughout the state of Alaska. In this role, you will need to consult with AVO researchers and staff to develop, test, and deploy software; troubleshoot operational systems; and collaborate with the AVO IT staff to scope and manage a variety of software development, database, and IT projects.

As a public, regional, comprehensive university, UAF is committed to building a culturally diverse and inclusive organization and strongly encourages women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans to apply.

Salary Information:

This position is a full-time, exempt, term-funded, Grade 81 with salary commensurate with experience.

Application Process:

To apply for this position, please provide a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references with your application.  The review of this posting will start on 10/23/2018 at 11:55 PM Alaska Time.  This posting will be closed once it is filled.

If you need assistance applying to this posting, please contact GI - Office of Human Resources at 907-474-5880.  Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application and screening process should contact the UAF Human Resources Office at 907-474-7700.

Background Check:

The successful applicant is required to complete a background check.  Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.

Non-Represented Staff (Probationary Period):

Pursuant to University Regulation 04.07.020, new employees of the University are employed in an at-will probationary status for the first six months of employment.  During the probationary period, employment may be terminated for no reason or any reason.  Promoted employees also serve a probationary period with limited rights of retreat.

Term Positions:

This position is a term-funded position through June 30, 2019, and is reviewed annually for contract renewal at the University's discretion.

Training Policy:

It is the policy of the University of Alaska, Fairbanks that all employees are required to attend training to meet the requirements of the positions they hold and to complete the required training within a specified period of time to remain employed at UAF.  The poicy can be located at

Tobacco-Free Campus:

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Notice of Nondiscrimination:

The University of Alaska is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and educational institution.  The University of Alaska does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, citizenship, age, sex, physical or mental disability, status as a protected veteran, marital status, changes in marital status, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, parenthood, sexual orientation, gender identity, political affiliation or belief, genetic information, or other legally protected status.  The University's commitment to nondiscrimination, including against sex discrimination, applies to students, employees, and applicants for admission and employment.  Contact information, applicable laws, and complaint procedures are included on UA's statement of nondiscrimination available at

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