GI - ASF Network 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:UAF Geophysical Institute
Location: Fairbanks
Categories: Engineering/Computer Science, Information Systems/Technology, Research/Science/Grants

Position Summary:

The Alaska Satellite Facility is seeking a Network Engineer who thrives in a fast-paced environment. ASF promotes, facilitates, and participates in the advancement of remote sensing technologies in order to support international earth science communities. Recently awarded a $50 million dollar/5-year contract with NASA, ASF continues to be the sole archive and distribution location of synthetic aperture radar (SAR) data supporting worldwide researchers. Driving NASA’s investigation of Cloud technologies, ASF has solidified its position at the forefront of cutting edge technologies and opportunities to make remote sensing data accessible. ASF’s Network Engineer will design, manage, and implement a communications architecture for both on-premises and within NASA’s Cloud-based operational spaces. ***U.S. CITIZENSHIP IS REQUIRED FOR THIS POSITION***


10Documentation -Maintain up-to-date system procedures that can be followed by system, storage and network staff as required -Utilize the RT ticketing system for documenting system updates/issuesEssential
10System Analysis -Research and develop tools for the collection and analysis of system performance data -Examine, document and report on profiles of system utilization -Monitor system performance and make recommendations for improvements -Develop and utilize capacity planning tools to anticipate future needs and make recommendations concerning future upgradesEssential
20Security -Ensure systems are operated, managed, secured and used in accordance with organizational policies and procedures -Serve as, or support, the Systems Security Officer +Monitor system security advisories and respond appropriately +Monitor system logs and take appropriate action when anomalies are detected -Perform system security scans, analyze results and correct deficienciesEssential
20System Upgrades and Modernization -Develop utilities and problem solving tools -Perform analysis, and develop/modify software and systems to circumvent problems and enhance access -Develop regression test cases to solve problems, to implement robust systems and to validate system changes -Support faculty and staff in programming projects as needed -Follow industry hardware and software releases to determine when upgrades are advantageous -Provide procurement support as part of a team +Develop requirements and identify potential recipients for RFPs +Evaluate proposals and make product recommendationsEssential
30Maintain Availability and Functionality of Systems -Perform day-to-day system status reviews and troubleshooting; work with vendors as necessary, to ensure fully functioning systems -Develop and maintain baseline of expertise required to support systems and participate in on-call rotation -Maintain technical currency and awareness of technological advances relating to HPC and server technologies and operating systems -Participate in machine room power outages -Install, inventory, modify, maintain, test and integrate system hardware and software to provide access to systems and software tools with minimal negative impact to users by making effective use of downtime -Install and update user software as requested by staff -Take a leading role in overall system responsibility or particular system roles or tasksEssential
5Center/Professional Development -Maintain professional security certification as appropriate -Achieve and maintain technical professional certification -Author and present papers/posters at professional conferences -Participate in funding/grant writing activities as appropriate -Represent organization at campus, local, state, national and international meetingsEssential
5Research and Planning -Track industry trends and share information concerning new technologies of interest -Evaluate and report on new technologies of interest -Work with organization and other units on research and/or implementation of new technologiesEssential


On a day-to-day basis, the network engineer will ensure ASF’s infrastructure meets demanding operational requirements to archive and distribute more than 11PB of SAR images to users worldwide. As a key integrator of Cloud technologies, this position will drive the development of ASF’s Hybrid network to support our projected growth beyond 100PB within the next 5 years. Manage the fiber backhauls from our remote Ground Station site which supports over 1200 satellite downlinks a month from public and private entities. ASF operates in an Agile/DevOps environment to enable iterative development efforts to address rapidly changing needs of the scientific community.

The ideal candidate will have strong network administration experience coupled with expertise in as many of the following technologies as possible:

  • Juniper high-performance network devices
  • Linux systems administration
  • Virtualization
  • Network security technologies (IDS, IPS) 
  • Agile (Scrum, Kanban)
  • DevOps as a systems administrator
  • Cloud (AWS, GPC) administration
  • Large-scale SAN-, NAS-, and object-based enterprise storage solutions


  • Advanced knowledge of information technologies including hardware and software, network configuration, system administration, database development and administration, data and network security, programming, and system analysis and integration.
  • Expert level knowledge of analysis, database administration, security, systems administration, and engineering.
  • Knowledge of multiple systems and the ability to understand how systems relate to one another.
  • Knowledge of, and ability to combine inter-relationships between disparate problems and formulate situations.
  • Ability to formulate problem resolution.
  • Ability to analyze unusual, non-routine or complex situations and problems and devise alternate strategies for solutions.
  • Advanced knowledge of a specialized area.
  • Advanced knowledge of managing enterprise level technology.
  • Ability to understand the needs of end users.
  • Ability to deliver results for the organization.
  • Ability to extrapolate abstract business problems into a successfully targeted architecture benefiting UA.
  • Ability to guide and mentor peers on tasks related to their area of expertise.
  • Ability to make decisions on matters of significance and implement these decisions on behalf of the University.
  • Advanced knowledge of policies, standards and the computing environment.
  • Project management skills.
  • Ability to work in a team environment with developers, testers, and analysts.
  • Effective verbal and technical writing communication skills.
  • Prioritization and organization skills.
  • Ability to write and maintain good technical documentation.
  • Ability to lead a deployment or troubleshooting team.
  • Ability to work scheduled periods of 24x7 on-call support.
  • Experience troubleshooting and deploying computer hardware and software.
  • Technical skills to include advanced computer system design and testing.
  • Advanced system administration skills.
  • Experience implementing or training with IT security best practices and methods.
  • Experience writing basic shell scripts.
  • Experience troubleshooting and deploying peripheral hardware systems.

Required Experience:

A Bachelors degree in information technology, software development, or a science research field, or equivalent experience. 4 years of experience in an IT field.

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 is a full-time, exempt, term-funded, Grade 81, DOE, 12-month position complete with a competitive salary and UA employee benefits package.

Application Process:


To apply for this position, please provide a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references with your application.  Please submit your application no later than 10/13/2019 at 11:55 PM Alaska Time.  The review of this posting will start on 10/14/2019. 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 907-474-6498. 

Applicants needing a reasonable accommodation to participate in the application and screening process should contact the UA Human Resources office at 907-450-8200.

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, 2020, and is reviewed annually for contract renewal at the University's discretion.


Pursuant to Board of Regents’ Policy 04.01.055.B, temporary, extended temporary, adjunct, student, casual labor, regular new hire probationary employees, and those positions designated by the presidents as officers and senior administrators of the university are employed at-will.

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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