Seismo-Acoustic Engineer - WATC

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Classification:Research Professional 2
Grade:Grade 79
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:

The Wilson Alaska Technical Center (WATC) is searching for two Seismo-Acoustic Engineers to take an active role within the WATC engineering team in maintaining & improving seismic and infrasound stations around the globe. Our ideal candidates will bring a unique background of technical skills, problem solving, organization, and teamwork to add to the WATC engineering and research team. The 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. The WATC is an externally funded organization and critical component of the Geophysical Detection of Nuclear Proliferation University Affiliated Research Center (UARC), which 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. The WATC leadership supports access to training and education opportunities to close any skill or experience gap upon employment. As an organization, the WATC encourages all its team members to continually develop professionally and foster a positive work environment. ***US CITIZENSHIP IS REQUIRED FOR THIS POSITION. TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS POSITION, PLEASE LIST YOUR CURRENT CITIZENSHIP STATUS IN EITHER YOUR COVER LETTER OR RESUME***


10Project Management: Advise local hires to support field work at remote sites. Conduct deployments (Antarctica, Alaska, Pacific islands) of UAF and contract personnel. Encourage and advance Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at WATC and UAF. Write and provide justification for purchase orders. Ensure quality control in engineering projects. Provide management and staff assistance with decision making, goal setting, and fiscal projections. Document work progress via WATC task management software. Document and report on project progress. Develop and maintain inventory management systems.Essential
20Geophysical Detection of Nuclear Proliferation University Affiliated Research Center (GDNP UARC) Research and Operational Support: Provide engineering support to WATC led GDNP UARC projects. Responsible for meeting documentation and reporting requirements. Build working relationships with GDNP UARC partners, subcontractors, and end customers.Essential
20Scientific Instrument Construction, Maintenance, Operation and Calibration may include: Maintain familiarity with basic physical principles and advanced knowledge of engineering and electronic principles. Assess, determine prioritization, and implement required repairs in remote locations. Assist in managing data collection missions and/or field sites worldwide. Clearly document all technical work. Assist on various testing and evaluations (T&E) with WATC engineering staff and external collaborators, with the goal of building a pipeline of components from T&E to operational adoption. Apply continual technical scrutiny in the field and lab environment to improve systems involved in data generation, transmission, and storage.Essential
50Wilson Alaska Technical Center (WATC) Seismo-Acoustic Station Operations and Maintenance (O&M) may include: Perform scheduled and preventative maintenance on WATC seismo-acoustic stations. Perform unscheduled maintenance of WATC seismo-acoustic stations as needed. Responsible for meeting Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) reporting requirements for International Monitoring System (IMS) station operation. Interact directly with Sandia National Labs and UAF subcontractors on Nuclear Arms Control Technology (NACT) engineering tasks on the behalf of WATC. Act as a responsible designated regular user of CTBTO IDC data (including data security) by the US Department of Defense/State (DoD/DoS). Travel 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. Continually evaluate power systems, communications architecture, and station infrastructure for potential failure points, and work to design and apply technical solutions. Assist engineering team in executing predictive network maintenance, sustainment, and recapitalization plans.Essential

The WATC operates and maintains more than twenty infrasound and seismic arrays worldwide, providing real-time data that are used for monitoring nuclear proliferation, volcanic eruptions, and earthquake activity. This engineers will help maintain those stations through fieldwork and remote monitoring and troubleshooting to ensure high data availability and quality. The 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. 

These 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/s will be expected to report to duty at the UAF office no later than 60 days from written notice provided by the university.

Applicants must be legally eligible for unrestricted employment to work in the U.S. US citizenship is required by the funding agency. No work visas will be sponsored for this position.


Knowledge of and ability to conduct field-based research and field support.

Knowledge of seismic and acoustic sensor design, construction, and calibration.

Knowledge of DC power systems.

Knowledge of radio telemetry and fiber optic communications.

Knowledge of IT protocols and topology.

Ability to develop engineering solutions to infrasound/seismic problems and implement them in the field or in a laboratory.

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

Required Education and Experience: 

B.S. in electrical engineering, electro-mechanical engineering, or closely related field, or A.S. in electrical engineering with at least 1 years’ experience, and/or an equivalent combination of training and experience. Four years of experience in electrical engineering and field research is preferred.

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. US citizenship is required by the funding agency. 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 9/7/2021 at 11:55 PM Alaska Time.  The review of this posting will start on 9/8/2021. 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.

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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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