Ground Station 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, Research/Science/Grants

Position Summary:

***US CITIZENSHIP IS REQUIRED FOR ALL ALASKA SATELLITE FACILITY POSITIONS. TO ENSURE CONSIDERATION, PLEASE PROVIDE CITIZENSHIP CONFIRMATION IN YOUR RESUME OR COVER LETTER.*** The Alaska Satellite Facility (ASF) of the Geophysical Institute (GI) at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) is searching for two talented and dedicated staff members to act as Ground Station Engineers. ASF downlinks, processes, archives, and distributes remote-sensing data to scientific users around the world. ASF's mission is to make remote-sensing data accessible. This has many aspects, including promoting, facilitating, and participating in the advancement of remote sensing in order to support national and international Earth science research, field operations, and commercial remote-sensing applications that benefit society. ASF is committed to providing the highest quality of data and services in a timely manner.


10All other job related duties as assigned.Essential
10Communication: Providing adequate prior notification for planned impacts to normal operations. Providing follow up notification for planned and unplanned impacts to normal operations. Recording and reporting appropriate and timely levels of detail regarding the status of projects and work performed. Providing cross-training to ASF staff. Serving as a technical interface for visitors, vendors, scientists and other staff.Essential
10Project Management Duties: Coordinating and organizing complex projects with a broad scope to ensure the reliable completion of deliverable requirements in a predictable and timely manner. Utilize resources, tracks project progress and communicates status appropriately.Essential
30Technical Projects to expand ASF Ground Station capabilities: Working on multiple systems and assignments effectively at the same time. Performing additions or modifications to the operational Ground Station systems with consideration to minimizing impact to normal operations and ensuring maximum reliability of ASF Ground Station systems. Configuring, testing and deploying new systems or significant improvements to existing ASF Ground Station systems. Developing documentation in concert with project development to ensure operational integrity and maintainability of Ground Station systems.Essential
40Operational Duties: Performing system maintenance, software tuning, installing upgrades, troubleshooting and modifying systems to support existing and/or added features and functionality of ASF Ground Station software subsystems. Maintaining current technical skills and readily learns emerging technologies while maintaining a detailed functional knowledge of ASF Ground Station systems. Maintaining security related documentation, and address security related decisions and policies to ensure obligatory compliance, and ground station security related concerns. Assisting end users regarding ASF ground station systems and supported end user applications. Available periodically for ground station systems on call support for 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Create new documentation and update existing documentation to reflect modifications and existing ASF ground station systems.Essential

ASF is composed of a Satellite Tracking Ground Station as part of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Near Earth Network (NEN), the Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) Distributed Active Archive Center (DAAC) in support of NASA's Earth Science Data and Information System project, and the ASF Enterprise in support of UAF's mission to be a student-centered, research university.

The ASF Ground Station currently operates five 3-axis satellite-tracking antennas. These antennas are capable dual X-band/S-band downlink and S-band commanding. ASF is expanding its capabilities and expects to have seven operational antennas within the next 18 months. ASF is searching for a talented and dedicated staff member to act as a Ground Station Engineer for the ASF antennas and associated electronics. As the Ground Station Engineer, the candidate will be expected to perform regular maintenance, testing, and upgrades on the antenna systems. This may include mechanical, electrical, network, and software configuration-related tasks. Experience with RF/Analogue design, satellite RF communication, system administration, systems engineering, and troubleshooting is preferred.

Additionally, any experience with software development, fiber channel, and electrical engineering is helpful. The successful candidate will be required to complete a Fall Protection safety-training course and expected to climb antennas up to 60 feet above the ground. Candidates must be a self-starter, detail-oriented, and capable of working within a dynamic, results-oriented environment.

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.



  • Hands-on experience in RF/Analogue design
  • Experience in satellite RF communications architecture
  • Excellent verbal and technical writing skills
  • Demonstrated advanced analytical problem solving, troubleshooting, and critical thinking skills.
  • System administration skills and/or software engineering skills and/or system engineering skills.
  • Experience with industry-standard best practices & methods for security and/or software engineering skills
  • Experience deploying computer hardware and/or software systems
  • Experience with RF/Analogue design, satellite RF communication, system administration, systems engineering, and troubleshooting is preferred.
  • Experience with software development, fiber channel, and electrical engineering is helpful.
  • Ability to work well with others and act as a technical lead in a team environment

Required Education and Experience: 

  • Bachelors Degree in Electrical/Electronics Engineering or related technical field or equivalent experience
  • Minimum 4 years of progressively responsible experience with RF software or hardware engineering, systems administration, software development, or systems engineering.

Application Process:

To ensure consideration, please provide citizenship confirmation in your cover letter or resume.

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 3/1/2021 at 11:55 PM Alaska Time.  The review of this posting will start on 3/2/2021. 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.

University of Alaska is a Drug-Free Workplace. University of Alaska is a Drug-Free Workplace

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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