Field Engineer - Alaska Earthquake Center

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Classification:Research Professional 3
Grade:Grade 80
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:

We are recruiting a Field Engineer to join the Alaska Earthquake Center and help us maintain our network of remote seismic monitoring stations. The Earthquake Center provides definitive earthquake information to the public, emergency managers, scientists, and engineers. The Field Engineer will contribute to this mission by working to develop reliable power and wireless communication systems to support real-time seismic data acquisition from all parts of the state. Extensive travel to remote locations is required. This position will be physically located at the UAF campus in Fairbanks, Alaska. While there may be a current opportunity for remote work, the successful finalist will be expected to report to duty at the UAF office no later than 60 days from written notice provided by the university.


25Analysis: Analyze seismic station performance. Troubleshoot and document data outages. Write technical reports describing station performance.Essential
25Communications Engineering: Engineer digital communications systems to acquire real-time data from remote stations. Tune communications systems to maximize reliability and to balance power use, latency, and data completeness.Essential
25Field Work: Plan field campaigns to install and maintain seismic monitoring systems in remote locations. Lead technicians in the field. Troubleshoot electrical systems. Adapt to time, weather, and personnel constraints. Exercise good judgment in a remote setting. Ensure the safety of team members. Document field work following established practices.Essential
25Power Engineering: Develop robust battery and solar charging systems for use in remote seismic stations. Work to expand the use of modern battery chemistries across the seismic network. Research battery technologies and battery manufacturers, test batteries and charging systems in the laboratory, evaluate their performance and deploy them in the field. Design power distribution circuits for stand-alone direct current (DC) systems.Essential


Outdoor leadership skills.

Advanced knowledge of DC power systems, photovoltaics, and lithium battery technology.

Advanced knowledge of satellite communications systems.

Advanced knowledge of ultra high frequency (UHF) radio systems.

Ability to lift and carry 75 pounds.

Required Education and Experience: 

Master's degree in Electrical Engineering and two years of experience at the postgraduate level in the engineering 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. Applicants must be legally eligible for unrestricted employment to work in the U.S. No work visas will be sponsored for this position.

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 3/21/2021 at 11:55 PM Alaska Time.  The review of this posting will start on 3/22/2021. 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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