Ground Station Engineer - ASF

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  • Job Number:525481
  • Classification:Information Systems Professional 4A
  • Grade:Grade 81
  • Work type:On Campus, 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 one talented and dedicated staff member 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 *** *Remote work is not available for this position.*


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

The Geophysical Institute is a research-driven organization at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. The university offers an attractive work environment and strong benefits including retirement and health insurance, generous leave policies, and tuition waivers for UAF courses. The Geophysical Institute is committed to equity, inclusion, and accountability and values the open sharing of different perspectives. We support a respectful and welcoming environment and a commitment to serving Alaska and Alaskans with strong applied science. Career growth and professional development are expected and encouraged.

As a public, regional, comprehensive university, UAF is committed to building a culturally diverse and inclusive organization and strongly encourages women, minorities, members from marginalized communities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans to apply.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:
  • 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
Required Education or Training:
  • 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
  • Valid Driver's license. Clean driving record that is in compliance with UA policy requirements.
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. New hires will be placed on the UA staff salary schedule, based on education and experience.

Special Instructions to Applicants:


This position will be physically located at the UAF campus in Fairbanks, Alaska. The successful finalist will be expected to report to duty at the UAF office on the first day of employment.

Please attach a resume, cover letter, and the names and contact information for three (3) professional references with your application.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until a successful candidate is identified.

Review of application materials will begin immediately. Search and selection procedures will be closed when a sufficient and viable number of qualified candidates have been identified

This position is a term-funded position and is reviewed annually for contract renewal at the University's discretion.

The University of Alaska (UA) is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities throughout the applicant screening process. If you need assistance in completing this application or during any phase of the interview process, please contact UA Human Resources by phone at 907-450-8200.

UA is an AA/EO employer and educational institution and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual:

The successful applicant is required to complete a background check. Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.

Your application for employment with the University of Alaska is subject to public disclosure under the Alaska Public Records Act.

If you need assistance applying to this posting, please contact GI - Office of Human Resources at 907-474-7357 or at 

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