Arctic Field Technician - AK Climate Center

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  • Job Number:525518
  • Classification:Research Technician 3
  • Grade:Grade 77
  • Work type:On Campus, Staff Full-time
  • Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • School/Business unit:UAF Geophysical Institute
  • Location:Fairbanks
  • Categories: Information Systems/Technology, Research/Science

Position Summary:

The purpose of the position will be to conduct operational work within the DOE-Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) program, the Alaska Mesonet network, and to participate in other ongoing projects in the fields of atmospheric sciences. The job will suit a technician with an interest in atmospheric field data acquisition and a strong technical and IT background, and the ability to work outdoors in remote arctic conditions. This position will support field measurements using state of the art atmospheric instrumentation, support instrument deployment and related computer hardware and software, and help with the data transfer processes. The work includes ongoing tool development to control data quality and operational maintenance reporting. Familiarity with Unix and Windows operating systems are required; the work includes development and maintenance of operational tools such as databases and code for processing large amounts of measurement data. Successful candidates are expected to have a general mechanical aptitude and skills to troubleshoot computing and network problems associated with field instrumentation. *YOU MUST BE A US CITIZEN AND PROVIDE THIS CONFIRMATION IN YOUR RESUME OR COVER LETTER.

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: - Ability to work with technical instrumentation in cold environments.
- Ability to troubleshoot hardware and software.
- Understanding of advanced computer programming and administration applications.
- Familiarity with Unix/Linux and Windows operating systems, and data transfer protocols.
- Experience with database programming and maintenance.
- Good mathematical perceptivity is expected.
- Knowledge of computer architecture and networks, database and web design, and processing of large data sets.
Preferred Experience & Education:
Three years of experience as programmer and systems administrator.
Required Experience & Education:

Two years college coursework in natural sciences with interests in atmospheric sciences. Two years of experience in a field relevant to natural sciences or a combination of training and experience.

Experience in working in remote locations, sometimes in extreme cold or adverse conditions.

A valid driver's license and clean driving record in compliance with UA Safe Driving Criteria.

Salary Information:

This position is full-time, Grade 77, term-funded, non-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:

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

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.

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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