Research and Program Administrator - GDNP UARC

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  • Job Number:519635
  • Classification:Administrative Professional 4
  • Grade:Grade 82
  • Work type:Hybrid, On Campus, Remote, Remote within Alaska, Staff Full-time
  • Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • School/Business unit:UAF Geophysical Institute
  • Location:Fairbanks
  • Categories: Administrative/Personnel, Business/Accounting/Finance, Research/Science/Grants

Position Summary:

We are searching for a Research and Program Administrator at the Geophysical Institute and Geophysical Detection of Nuclear Proliferation (GDNP) University Affiliated Research Center (UARC). This position will be responsible for managing and coordinating specific cross-cutting capabilities focused on integrating and improving outcomes of on-going and future research, establishing relationships with DoD organizations, specifically the Defense Technical Information Center, Defense Intelligence Agency, National Air and Space Intelligence Center, Joint Artificial Intelligence Center, and Service domain awareness organizations. If offered this position, you will have the opportunity to focus on the development and maintenance of relevant waveform catalogs for research and the development of artificial intelligence and machine learning tools that are linked with domain awareness platforms. This position is based in Fairbanks, Alaska; however, quarterly travel to Washington D.C., national laboratories and other locations within the United States is expected. ***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***


20Fiscal and Budget Processes: Develop and manage annual multimillion-dollar Innovation and Integration Laboratory budget and create long-range and strategic plans. Responsible for authorizing expenditures. Evaluate monthly budget summaries and analyze internal spending trends. Oversee and forecast personnel, budget, and equipment expenditures for funded grants and contracts. Ensure programmatic and budget reporting is accurate, professional, and timely. Develop fiscal and programmatic processes for use by the GI and GDNP UARC that meet the University of Alaska Fairbanks and Federal Acquisition Regulation requirementsEssential
20Program Development and Effectiveness Recommendations: Provide technical recommendations concerning research, development, testing, and evaluation (RDT&E) efforts, staff processes, and cyber/IT processing. Participate in and lead planning efforts to improve UARC efficiency and effectiveness. Develop and supervise project development proposals for approval as necessary. Initiate new research, work, and projects.Essential
20Supervision and Management: Manage, coordinate, and direct research staff for multidisciplinary research. Ensure employees always use appropriate, professional, and effective oral and written communications.Approve and review external communication. Lead/supervise multiple workgroups. Evaluate staffing needs, initiate and participate in hiring, participate in staff training. Ensure appropriate use of resources by research staff, track and document individual project and program progress – report status to UARC leadership, Senior Program Manager, and Fiscal Manager. Create and manage research staff processes, ensure fiscal and programmatic processes are reported to UARC fiscal and project managers.Essential
40Geophysical Institute (GI)/Geophysical Detection of Nuclear Proliferation (GDNP) University Affiliated Research Center (UARC) Multidisciplinary Research Integrator & Manager: Serve as the Primary Investigator (PI) or multidisciplinary research leader for numerous concurrently operating research programs. Advise director on research priorities to be pursued. Serve as the principal spokesperson for projects. Professionally represent the University of Alaska Fairbanks, Geophysical Institute, and GDNP UARC while engaging with international partners, U.S. government interagency, academia, and industry. Establish or design processes or tools to gather and share information internally within the GI and GDNP UARC and externally within the Department of Defense. Specifically, Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC), Joint Artificial Intelligence Center (JAIC), and Service domain awareness organizations. Develop research schedules to support GDNP UARC contracting requirements. Responsible for ensuring GDNP UARC Innovation and Integration Laboratory contractual deliverables are provided within established timelines. Responsible for ensuring Innovation and Integration Laboratory and its subcontractors comply with Department of Defense (DD) Form 254 security requirements. Ensure developed cyber and information technology (IT) protocols meet State of Alaska, University of Alaska Fairbanks, and Federal standards. Establish positive and professional relationships with contracting officers, contracting officer representatives, stakeholders, GI researchers and university employees to ensure UARC success. Acquire/analyze/interpret quantitative and/or qualitative data. Automate data analysis and/or entry. Perform statistical analysis. Define and implement analytic approaches and statistical models. Design and implement systems and procedures (e.g. sampling, data collection, calibration). Make data comparisons. Recommend and direct the development of analytical tools (artificial intelligence). Communicate research findings to relevant participants. Support researchers in publishing findings. Conduct web based research and literature reviews. Provide computer and database programming and High-Performance Computing capabilities as required to support research requirements.Essential

Additional Department Information:

The GDNP UARC was established through Wilson Alaska Technical Center (WATC) to detect, locate, characterize, and assess the threat potential of nuclear activities worldwide through research, development, testing, and evaluation of scientific and technological capabilities.

The GDNP UARC 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 establishment of the UARC provides the necessary structure, visibility, and support to better serve our customers in nuclear treaty verification across the spectrum, from basic research to operations and maintenance. The UARC status also enables any US Government agency to quickly issue a sole-source contract (task order) that falls under its core mission of the geophysical detection of nuclear proliferation.


Expert knowledge of GDNP operation and research.

Expert knowledge of research contracts and responsibilities. US government and DoD experience preferred.

Excellent leadership and supervisory skills with advanced project management skills.

Critical thinking skills with an ability to develop and execute complex strategies.

Ability to supervise staff and collect, analyze, and interpret data.

Advanced understanding of US Nuclear Posture and Nuclear Command, Control, and Communications architecture.

Expert knowledge of research methods and analytical procedures.

Knowledge of budgeting guidelines.

Ability to effectively communicate findings to the public.

Experience publishing research in peer reviewed journals.

Required Education and Experience:

Master’s degree in a geophysical discipline, project management or related field with a minimum of seven years of relevant experience in project management or research for the US government or DoD, or an equivalent combination of training and work experience.

*Applicants with at least 5 years of relevant experience in project management or research for the US government or DOD will also be considered.

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 82 term-funded, exempt, 12-month position complete with a competitive salary and UA employee benefits package.

Application Process:


To apply for this position, please provide a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references with your application. Applicants must be a U.S. citizen willing to apply for a U.S. security clearance and routine drug testing. Please submit your application no later than 7/14/2022 at 11:55 PM Alaska Time.  The review of this posting will start on 7/15/2022. 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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