GI - AEC Data Specialist

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Classification:Research Professional 1
Grade:Grade 78
Work type:Staff Full-time
Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Fairbanks
School/Business unit:Geophysical Institute
Location: Fairbanks
Categories: Research/Science/Grants

Position Summary:

The ALASKA EARTHQUAKE CENTER is looking to fill the position of a Research Professional/Data Specialist to join our team on the front lines of earthquake monitoring. The successful applicant must demonstrate a passion for earthquakes and a capacity to work in a coordinated fashion within a collegial team. This individual will help sustain and improve AEC operational capabilities for earthquake detection, location and source characterization.


25Data quality control - Monitor the quality of seismic waveforms and other raw geophysical data. Document problems, including data outages, gaps, malfunctioning sensors, etc., as they appear in data. Monitor the timeliness and efficacy of troubleshooting efforts. Utilize in-house and external tools for data quality assurance. In coordination with other staff, work on developing and improving procedures, scripts and graphic displays for data quality analysis.Essential
5Duty seismologist rotation - Serve periodically as 24-hour duty seismologist (approximately 1 in 8 weeks) responding to earthquake alarms, data outages and other emergencies. Carry out rapid earthquake analyses, coordinate with partner agencies to quickly release information on significant earthquakes.Essential
5Field work - Assist with field work as needed.Essential
5Public engagement- Participate in education and outreach activities for the Earthquake Center. Field phone calls to the seismology lab.Essential
60Earthquake processing - Carry out daily routine earthquake data analysis in coordination with other data analysts. Pick and review seismic arrivals, calculate earthquake locations and magnitudes, calculate earthquake source parameters, and evaluate the accuracy and stability of calculated solutions. Obtain data from partner organizations and external data catalogs to enhance earthquake reporting quality and completeness.Essential

The ALASKA EARTHQUAKE CENTER is looking to fill position of a Research Professional/Data Specialist to join our team on the front lines of earthquake monitoring. To be successful applicants must demonstrate (i) a passion for earthquakes, (ii)  ease and comfort in using computers, (iii) a talent for spatial thinking, and (iv) a capacity to work in a coordinated fashion within a collegial team. On occasion, the position requires being on-call for 24/7 to respond to significant earthquakes.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Expert knowledge of earthquake location processes.
  • Advanced seismic data analysis capabilities.
  • Strong relational database management skills.
  • Proficiency with LINUX operations.
  • Experience with coding and/or scripting.
  • Ability to determine the validity of earthquake alarms and the necessity of releasing information to the public.
  • Mature judgment based on advanced understanding of seismology and tectonics.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Familiarity with seismic field station infrastructure.
  • Familiarity with seismic data acquisition protocols and processes.

Required Education and Experience:

Bachelor's degree program in seismology or a related field and 4 years of related work experience or equivalent combination of experience and training.

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, non-exempt, term-funded, Grade 78 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 11/07/2018 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 907-474-7999.  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 policy can be located at

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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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