ADAC Research Technician for Ice Modeling

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Classification:Research Technician 2
Grade:Grade 76
Work type:Staff Part-time
Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Anchorage
School/Business unit:UAA Office of the Provost
Location: Anchorage
Categories: Research/Science/Grants

Position Summary:

This position is for a Research Technician Level 2 to assist with the Arctic Domain Awareness Center’s (ADAC) for Ice Conditions Index for the Great Lakes (ICECON) and the Arctic Ice Conditions Index (ARCTICE) projects. This position will be half-time starting on January 5 2020 and ending on June 30 2020, for a total of 980 hours and may be extended contingent on funding from the Department of Homeland Security.

Duties:

10Other Duties as assigned as it relates the ADAC and the ARCTICE project. Duties may include travel to present at workshops and conferences or at annual meetings.Essential
90ARCTICE Project Support: Assist in the development of the Arctic ice condition index (ARCTICE) for the Arctic region, focused on the ice-laden waters of the Bering, Chukchi and Beaufort Seas. This includes technical tasks requiring application of standard techniques, procedures, and criteria. In particular, this position will also include assisting with the development of the ARCTICE algorithm and support advancement of validation methodology. The candidate will need to work with many Government entities to validate and transition the model. These entities include USCG District 17 (Juneau), USCG District 9 (Great Lakes), USCG Research and Development Center, Department of Homeland Security personnel. The research technician will work under the direction of the project Research PIs.Essential

Position Summary/Project Background:

In collaboration with the United States Coast Guard (USCG) and other government agencies, the project team is developing an Arctic ice condition index (ARCTICE) for the Arctic region, initially focused on the ice-laden waters of the Bering, Chukchi and Beaufort Seas.  Building on the successful Ice Conditions Index for the Great Lakes Region, ADAC’s Arctic Ice Conditions Index, or “ARCTICE,” produces an easy-to-understand numeral to communicate ice conditions that are relevant to the capabilities of an individual vessel. This index will be available for current and future ice conditions, providing forecasts from 72 hours up to 1 month in advance.  Based on Great Lakes ICECON investigations, proposed research will result in providing marine operators a transition destination ready access to this information (in particular the U.S. National Ice Center and the Alaska Ocean Observation System) supporting vessel captains and officers in route planning and in determining associated risk with traveling through a particular region in the Arctic Waters.

Similar to ICECON for the Great Lakes region, ARCTICE research will create a visualized decision support product, a numeric index that combines marine vessel size, gross tonnage and hull strength to contrast against current and forecast ice of the planned route of sail, to provide USCG and shipmasters improved safe passage insight in Arctic ice laden waters. 

This position is for a Research Technician Level 2 to assist with the Arctic Domain Awareness Center’s (ADAC) for Ice Conditions Index for the Great Lakes (ICECON) and the Arctic Ice Conditions Index (ARCTICE) projects. This position will be half-time starting on January 5 2020 and ending on June 30 2020, for a total of 980 hours and may be extended contingent on funding from the Department of Homeland Security.

Required Experience: 

Research Technician Level 2: One year of relevant college coursework, and one year of experience in a relevant field, or an equivalent combination of training and experience.

Knowledge/Skills/Abilities: 

Knowledge of data collection procedures, data entry procedures, and computerized spreadsheets and databases. Ability to manipulate data to produce charts and graphs to display trends in data. Ability to interpret data results for reporting. Ability to work in remote locations, sometimes in extreme conditions. Ability to coordinate/lead the activities of others.  Knowledge of Department of Homeland Security model protocols as well as coordination with US Coast Guard entities.  Ability to communicate technical aspects of the model to both layman and experts in the arctic modeling field.

Application Instructions:

Please attach a cover letter, resume, and contact information for at least three professional references.

Review Date:

November 19, 2019

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.

Training Policy:

It is the policy of the University of Alaska system 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 UAA.  

Tobacco-Free Campus:

UAA Campus is a tobacco-free campus. 

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 www.alaska.edu/nondiscrimination.

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