WATC Data Specialist

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Classification:Information Systems Professional 3A
Grade:Grade 80
Work type:Staff Full-time
Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Fairbanks
School/Business unit:UAF Geophysical Institute
Location: Fairbanks
Categories: Information Systems/Technology

Position Summary:

The Wilson Alaska Technical Center is looking for a Data Specialist. This position will help with the continuous operation and maintenance of seismic and infrasound monitoring stations in support of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty and the expanding Geophysical Detection of Nuclear Proliferation University Affiliated Research Center. ***U.S. Citizenship is required for this position***


1010% Effective Communication Communicate and coordinate with researchers and software developers at partner agencies Record and report appropriate and timely levels of detail regarding the status of projects and work performed using project management software such as Asana Provide cross training to WATC staff. Conduct clear, correct, concise, and professional presentations when asked. Prepare for detailed discussions in meetings. Use effective interpersonal skills in oral and written communications. Solicit and accept feedback from others in a professional manner. Work on projects which are moderate to large in complexity and communicate with team members in a professional manner.Essential
1010% Sustain Existing Functionality Perform system maintenance and software tuning, install upgrades and modify software to support existing and added features and functionality. Maintain technical skills and readily learn emerging technologies. Possess detailed functional knowledge of software systems. Analyze and quantify internal trouble reports to scope software repair, requirements, and schedule. Analyze the potential causes of software and service problems. Devise testing and coordinate quality assurance activities. Review historic and current subsystem deficiencies to minimize any inheritance of operational problems with maintaining software. Create new documentation and update existing documentation to reflect modifications and existing systems.Essential
2020% Project Management Help design technical project plans with the appropriate level of documentation to satisfy the scope, timeline and deliverables of a project. Appropriately use resources, track project progress, and communicate status. Document project and lessons that were learned as part of project closure. Devise testing and coordinate quality assurance activities to meet deadlines. Expertly keep multiple assignments progressing forward. Independently analyze plans and complete assignments.Essential
6060% Development and Technical Projects Work with WATC staff to develop real-time data monitoring tools and software Write professional quality code that adheres to professional standards and user requirements. Design future subsystems or enhancements to existing subsystems to improve the operational functionality of those systems. Devise testing and coordinate quality assurance activities for new and existing software. Establish and review requirements for design changes to operational systems. Gain, use, and improve database skills to include emerging technologies. Interact with vendor technical support to solve problems when necessary. Review others’ code and identify areas for improvement. Serve as an expert advisor in coding and software and use expertise and functional knowledge to assist and mentor others. Coordinate software deliveries with minimum impact to operations. Professionally document current processes, systems and software. Consistently produce high quality work products. Maintain accurate task information. Skillfully collaborate with others. Participate in user work team meetings to provide strategic and technical guidance. Consistently meet deadlines and effectively manage time.Essential

***U.S. Citizenship is required for this position***

The Wilson Alaska Technical Center (WATC) is the leading group within the recently formed, and expanding, Geophysical Detection of Nuclear Proliferation (GDNP) University Affiliated Research Center (UARC) at the Geophysical Institute. WATC enjoys a well-earned international reputation as leader in research and global operational activities. With this in mind, WATC is looking for a Data Specialist to perform a wide range of responsibilities including data administration, maintaining a secure IT network infrastructure, and working closely with WATC faculty and staff to develop unique tools to facilitate research and operations. This position will have the opportunity to develop innovative and creative products that support an exciting research and operational team that has global reach.


  • Expert level knowledge of programming, database administration, and engineering.
  • Advanced knowledge of information technologies including hardware and software, network configuration, system administration, database development and administration, data and network security, programming, and system analysis and integration.
  • Knowledge and experience with Cisco routers and ASA's
  • Knowledge of multiple systems and ability to understand how systems relate to one another.
  • Knowledge of and ability to combine inter-relationships between disparate problems and formulate situations.
  • Ability to formulate problem resolution.
  • Ability to analyze unusual, non-routine or complex situations and problems.
  • Advanced technical knowledge of a relevant specialty area.
  • Advanced knowledge of website design and development.
  • Advanced knowledge of managing enterprise level technology.
  • Ability to understand the needs of end users.
  • Ability to deliver results for the organization.
  • Project management skills.
  • Ability to work in a team environment with developers, testers and analysts.
  • Ability to guide and mentor peers on tasks related to their area of expertise.
  • Effective verbal and technical writing communication skills.
  • Prioritization and organization skills.
  • Ability to write and maintain high-quality technical documentation.
  • Experience developing software in a Unix or Linux environment.
  • Experience developing software using software programming languages such as C, C++, Python, and Perl..
  • Experience using Git.
  • Advanced knowledge of SQL or PL/SQL.
  • Advanced knowledge in software engineering and implementation.

Required Education and Experience: 

A Bachelor's degree in software development or related field and 3 years of experience in professional software development or an equivalent combination of training and work experience.

***U.S. Citizenship is required for this position***

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 a full-time, exempt, term-funded, Grade 80 with salary commensurate with experience.

Application Process:

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 11/03/2019 at 11:55 PM Alaska Time.  The review of this posting will start on 11/04/2019. 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.

***U.S. Citizenship is required for this position***

Background Check:

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

Non-Represented Staff (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.

Term Positions:

This position is a term-funded position through June 30, 2020, and is reviewed annually for contract renewal at the University's discretion.


Pursuant to Board of Regents’ Policy 04.01.055.B, temporary, extended temporary, adjunct, student, casual labor, regular new hire probationary employees, and those positions designated by the presidents as officers and senior administrators of the university are employed at-will.

Training Policy:

It is the policy of the University of Alaska, Fairbanks that all employees are required to attend training to meet the requirements of the positions they hold and to complete the required training within a specified period of time to remain employed at UAF.  The policy can be located at http://www.uaf.edu/chancellor/policy/04.07.010/.

Tobacco-Free Campus:

UAF Campus is a tobacco-free campus.  For more information, please go to http://www.uaf.edu/tobaccofreecamus.

Notice of Nondiscrimination:

The University of Alaska is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and educational institution.  The University of Alaska does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, citizenship, age, sex, physical or mental disability, status as a protected veteran, marital status, changes in marital status, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, parenthood, sexual orientation, gender identity, political affiliation or belief, genetic information, or other legally protected status.  The University's commitment to nondiscrimination, including against sex discrimination, applies to students, employees, and applicants for admission and employment.  Contact information, applicable laws, and complaint procedures are included on UA's statement of nondiscrimination available at www.alaska.edu/nondiscrimination.



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