Seismo-Acoustic Network Security Technician - WATC

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Classification:Information Systems Technician - Networks 6
Grade:Grade 78
Work type:Staff Full-time
Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Fairbanks
School/Business unit:UAF Geophysical Institute
Location: Fairbanks
Categories: Information Systems/Technology, Research/Science/Grants

Position Summary:

The UAF Geophysical Institute is looking for a Seismo-Acoustic Network Security Technician to work as part of the Wilson Alaska Technical Center (WATC) operational team. This person will work with WATC engineers, scientists and staff to maintain a global network of infrasound and seismic stations that provide real-time data to the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) and similar networks. The incoming technician will have the opportunity to travel to Antarctica, several remote islands in the Pacific and Indian Oceans, CONUS locations, and sites within Alaska as part of a talented technical team. WATC also works closely with the Geophysical Detection of Nuclear Proliferation (GDNP) University Affiliated Research Center (UARC). The network security technician will directly support active research and operations by helping to maintain and improve network topology and cyber hygiene for the WATC scientists, staff and students. Our ideal candidate has technical aptitude, is team focused, self-motivated, and has a positive attitude. WATC is committed to providing a safe and inclusive environment to everyone on the team. Our staff & faculty are committed to working to build and sustain an equitable and inclusive work environment where cultural diversity is celebrated and valued. We believe that diversity benefits and enriches our work and community. 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. This recruitment is open internally to current UA employees or those otherwise eligible to apply to internal postings.**US citizenship is required by the funding agency.**

Duties:

40WATC seismo-acoustic station Operation and Management (O&M): Support WATC engineers and technicians during scheduled and preventative maintenance on WATC seismo-acoustic stations. Potential travel to Antarctica, remote Pacific islands, several locations within the continental US and Alaska. Assist with the quality assurance and state of health (QA/SOH) monitoring of WATC seismo-acoustic stations. Responsible for meeting reporting requirements for IMS and other station operations. Interact directly with the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) IMS and International Data Center representatives. Interact directly with Sandia National Labs and UAF subcontractors on WATC projects. Responsible as a designated regular user of CTBTO IDC data (including data security) by the US Department of Defense/U.S. Department of State (DoD/DoS). Support WATC engineers and technicians in performing unscheduled maintenance of seismo-acoustic stations. Meet reporting requirements for relevant funding agencies and partners. Participate in field technician training with UAF and other peer university personnel. Thoroughly document all work. Travel to remote stations as required. Travel may take up to 20% of job duties.Essential
60IT support for the Wilson Alaska Technical Center (WATC): Update and maintain Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Organization and UAF network documentation. Obtain and maintain current Cisco certification. Maintain CompTIA Network+ certification. Support WATC engineers and analysts, and work closely with UAF Research Computing Systems (RCS) and the Office of Information Technology (OIT), in maintaining global network topology, Virtual Private Networks (VPN’s), and firewalls. Maintain clear and concise network documentation. Work with external collaborators and station operators in IT level troubleshooting, maintenance, and upgrades. Assist in identifying, troubleshooting, and documenting International Monitoring System (IMS) Global Communications Infrastructure (GCI) performance. Advise WATC staff and faculty on cybersecurity best practices and procedures. Work with WATC engineers and UAF IT professionals to establish and maintain Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification (CMMC) compliance.Essential

This recruitment is open internally to current UA employees or those otherwise eligible to apply to internal postings.

Knowledge/Skills/Abilities: 

**US citizenship is required by the funding agency.**

Knowledge of Cisco systems.

Knowledge of field based IT troubleshooting and maintenance.

Ability to develop cybersecurity awareness within the organization.

Ability to communicate program data and results effectively to managerial, technical, and non-scientific personnel.

Ability to manipulate data and produce charts and graphs to display trends in data and/or stations performance.

Ability to work in remote locations without direct supervision.

Ability to implement computer networking technologies and methodologies and operate a variety of personal computers and related equipment.

Ability to interpret data results for reporting to relevant funding agencies and partners.

Ability to detect problems with equipment logistics, system setup and configuration, system security, and software installation.

Ability to lead and train staff to identify and resolve or refer operational problems in data processing and computer operation systems and related technology.

Experience using Linux based systems.

Experience monitoring remote IT topology via Nagios or a similar platform.

Required Education and Experience: 

Associate’s degree in IT, Cybersecurity, computer science, physical sciences, electrical engineering, electro-mechanical engineering, or a closely related field and two years experience as an IT technician, Cybersecurity/CMMC, and/or in Scientific/IT field work, or an equivalent combination of training and experience.

**US citizenship is required by the funding agency.**

Must be able to obtain a Secret level clearance.

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. This recruitment is open internally to current UA employees or those otherwise eligible to apply to internal postings.

**US citizenship is required by the funding agency.**

To apply for this position, please provide a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references with your application. Please include in your cover letter any certifications that you have. Please submit your application no later than 7/20/2021 at 11:55 PM Alaska Time.  The review of this posting will start on 7/21/2021. 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: www.alaska.edu/nondiscrimination

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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