Cryospheric Field Technician

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Classification:Research Technician 2
Grade:Grade 76
Work type:Staff Part-time
Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Fairbanks
School/Business unit:UAF Geophysical Institute
Location: Fairbanks
Categories: Research/Science/Grants

Position Summary:

The Snow-Ice-Permafrost Group (SIP) at the GI is recruiting a part-time field and instrument technician. The SIP Group is 40 people working on exciting research on snow, glaciers and other cryospheric phenomena. The successful candidate will have a chance to work in Arctic Alaska on state-of-the-art scientific weather and climate equipment and to make unique measurements of snow and precipitation. The work will be based in Fairbanks, Barrow and Prudhoe Bay and will have a flexible schedule. The successful candidate will be part of a dedicated group that works in unique locations doing world class research. The Snow, Ice, and Permafrost department conducts cutting edge research on snow and snow cover, making contributions to world-wide understanding of climate change. Specifically, we are trying to understand how to better measure winter precipitation across the Arctic. We work with unique arrays of automatic instruments to do this work. The successful applicant will not only contribute to global climate change work but also learn and operate unique data loggers, sensors and computer instrumentation while collaborating with students, other technicians and dedicated cryospheric scientists at a world-class research institute. The successful candidate can expect to perform about 5 visits to the NSA Barrow (Utqiagvik) and Oliktok sites per year. This recruitment is open internally to current UA employees or those otherwise eligible to apply to internal postings.


5050% Data Reduction and Quality Checking Conduct data quality control and report performed tasks using spreadsheets and plotting software under supervision. Download data remotely using networks on a regularly scheduled basis. Attend site specific training classes (i.e. gun training or telehandler certification training). Perform about 5 visits to the NSA Barrow (Utqiagvik) and Oliktok sites per year. Under supervision, process photogrammetric mapping data using AgiSoft, QTModeler or equivalent software.Essential
5050% Field Support Deployment, Troubleshooting, and Maintenance of field instruments. Under supervision of PI or senior tech, work with meteorological instrumentation in an operational environment. Support site operations at the DOE Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) project North Slope of Alaska (NSA) sites with logistical tasks and equipment maintenance. Install GPS Survey Control networks for structure from motion photogrammetry and conduct photogrammetric data acquisition.Essential


Ability to work with technical instrumentation in cold environments, usually under supervision.

Ability to do simple troubleshooting of hardware (data loggers) and ability to identify code issues.

Ability to program data loggers and do numerical data QA/QC using EXCEL and other data manipulation software.

Familiarity with Windows operating systems and data transfer protocols.

Ability to work with time series weather data.

Knowledge of arithmetic and trigonometry.

Knowledge of laboratory safety procedures.

Ability to work in remote locations, sometimes in extreme conditions.

Knowledge of basic photogrammetric mapping and GPS control net surveying.

Required Education and Experience: 

One year college coursework in natural sciences and one year experience in a field relevant to the research or an equivalent combination of training and experience. Demonstrated experience in cold conditions is preferred.

This position is part-time, 40 hours per pay period.

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.

Application Process:

To ensure consideration, please apply prior to the review date. This recruitment is open internally to current UA employees or those otherwise eligible to apply to internal postings.

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 6/29/2020 at 11:55 PM Alaska Time.  The review of this posting will start on 6/30/2020. 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.

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.

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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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