Ground Station Engineer - Alaska Satellite Facility

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  • Job Number:519065
  • 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:

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. *** US CITIZENSHIP IS REQUIRED FOR THIS POSITION. TO CONSIDERED FOR THIS POSITION, PLEASE LIST YOUR CURRENT CITIZENSHIP STATUS IN EITHER YOUR COVER LETTER OR RESUME *** ***Remote work is not available for this position.*** ***NEW REVIEW DATE: 04-18-2022***


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


-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
-Ability to work well with others and act as a technical lead in a team environment                                                                            -Demonstrated experience in satellite communications and telemetry

Required Education and Experience:

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

Salary Information:

This position is full-time, Grade 81 term-funded, exempt, 12-month position complete with a competitive salary and UA employee benefits package.

Application Process:

YOU MUST BE A US CITIZEN AND PROVIDE THIS CONFIRMATION IN YOUR RESUME OR COVER LETTER. 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 ***NEW REVIEW DATE*** 04/17/2022 at 11:55 PM Alaska Time.  The review of this posting will start on 04/18/2022. 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.

UAF COVID Requirements

Effective immediately, all new UAF hires, whose job function or work location results in the employee being subject to the UAF vaccine requirements guided by the Federal Contractor Employee vaccine mandate*, must be fully vaccinated with an FDA- or WHO- authorized or approved COVID-19 vaccine or have obtained a university-approved disability/medical or religious exemption no later than six weeks from the new hire's start date.

Proof of vaccination does not need to be provided to apply. If offered the position, the successful applicant will be contacted for proof of vaccination.

*Employees based on UAF’s Troth Yeddha’ (Fairbanks) campus, regardless of university affiliation and remote work status; Employees based in UAF research units outside Fairbanks (including Seward Marine Center, Kodiak Seafood and Marine Science Center, HAARP, Poker Flat, Lena Point, and Toolik Field Station); and Employees, regardless of their work location, paid by or directly working on impacted UAF federal contract.

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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