Seismo-acoustic Research and Operations Scientist

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

Position Summary:

The Wilson Alaska Technical Center (WATC) ( is looking for a dynamic person to join our team to perform seismic and acoustic research and operations. WATC has a unique mix of geophysical station operations and research, and is the nexus of the recently formed and growing Geophysical Detection of Nuclear Proliferation (GDNP) University Affiliated Research Center (UARC). The GDNP UARC was established for research, development, testing, evaluation, and use of scientific and technological capabilities to better sense, locate, characterize, and assess the threat potential of nuclear activities worldwide. WATC was created to recognize the accomplishments and growing stature of nuclear treaty monitoring support programs at the Geophysical Institute of the University of Alaska Fairbanks. WATC is an externally funded organization and critical component of the GDNP UARC. This position will perform research to help optimize station performance, including an emphasis on data quality monitoring of both seismic and infrasound stations. This position will assist with station operations and will occasionally travel to field sites. The successful applicant will primarily execute research and development to help optimize station performance and data quality, as well as assist with basic research on seismic and acoustic data.


20CTBTO IMS infrasound and Seismic Station Operations and Maintenance may include: - Performing scheduled and preventative maintenance on WATC seismic and acoustic stations. - Responsibility for meeting reporting requirements for WATC station operation. - Interacting directly with CTBTO IMS and IDC representatives. - Interacting directly with national labs and other UAF subcontractors on WATC engineering tasks. - Meeting reporting requirements to funding agency, including DTRA and CTBTO. - Updating the CTBTO and UAF inventory tracking systems. - Participating in field technician training with UAF and other peer university personnel.Essential
20Travel to field sites (Antarctica, Pacific Islands, Alaska, lower 48, etc.) to perform station maintenance and upgrades, including assisting with pre-deployment equipment preparation and post-deployment cleanup efforts. Possible deployments involve coordination with military personnel and remote locations for periods of up to six weeks.Essential
30Infrasound and seismic data quality monitoring may include: - Oversight of operations relating to data quality assurance of WATC seismic and acoustic stations. - Design and implementation of data quality monitoring products and tools for UARC seismic and acoustic stations, including automated alerts and web-based tools. - Collaboration with engineering staff to resolve data quality issues at UAF monitoring stations. - Reporting and documentation of data quality assurance efforts.Essential
30Infrasound and seismic research may include: - Leading and collaborating on research efforts targeted at optimizing the operational performance of CTBTO stations. - Proposal development for research projects tailored to stakeholders within the GDNP UARC umbrella. - Leading and collaborating on research projects that make use of infrasound and seismic data collected at UAF monitoring sites. - Leading science communication development and dissemination efforts for WATC, including website content generation, educational materials, etc. - Travel to conferences, workshops and meetings to present research results.Essential


Knowledge of seismic and infrasound research and field support.

Knowledge of seismic and infrasound data quality and associated metrics.

Ability to independently develop proposals and write technical reports and research papers.

Ability to design, install, and maintain operational seismic and infrasound stations and associated real-time data.

Ability to communicate program objectives and results effectively to managerial and technical personnel, as well as the general public.

Ability to manage staff working on externally and internally funded projects. 

A US Govt approved physical is required prior to accessing some field sites in very remote areas.

Required Education and Experience: 

Master's degree (PhD preferred) and four years research experience at the postgraduate level in Geophysics or a closely related field, or an equivalent combination of training and experience.

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.

Application Process:

To ensure consideration, please apply prior to the review date.

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 4/8/2020 at 11:55 PM Alaska Time.  The review of this posting will start on 4/9/2020. 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.

Term Position:

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

Affirmative Action Statement:

UA is an AA/EO employer and educational institution and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual:

Background Check:

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

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.

Public Disclosure Statement:

Your application for employment with the University of Alaska is subject to public disclosure under the Alaska Public Records Act.

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Training Policy:

It is the policy of the University of Alaska (UA) that all employees are required to complete training to meet the requirements of the positions they hold, and to complete the required training within a specified period to remain employed at the UA.

Contact Information:

If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact GI HR at 907-474-6498.

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