GI - ASF Network Engineer

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Classification:Information Systems Professional 4A
Grade:Grade 81
Work type:Staff Full-time
Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Fairbanks
School/Business unit:UAF Geophysical Institute
Location: Fairbanks
Categories: Engineering/Computer Science, Information Systems/Technology, Research/Science/Grants

Position Summary:

The Alaska Satellite Facility (ASF) is seeking a Network Engineer who thrives in a challenging, fast-paced environment. ASF is part of the NASA ESDIS network of Distributed Active Archive Centers (DAACs) and is responsible for the hosting, management, and distribution of Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) remote sensing data to the science community. Driving NASA’s implementation of Cloud technologies, ASF has solidified its position at the forefront of cutting edge technologies and opportunities to make remote sensing data accessible. ASF’s Network Engineer will design, manage, and implement a communications architecture for both on-premises and within NASA’s Cloud-based operational spaces. ***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***


10Documentation -Maintain up-to-date system procedures that can be followed by system, storage and network staff as required -Utilize the RT ticketing system for documenting system updates/issuesEssential
10System Analysis -Research and develop tools for the collection and analysis of system performance data -Examine, document and report on profiles of system utilization -Monitor system performance and make recommendations for improvements -Develop and utilize capacity planning tools to anticipate future needs and make recommendations concerning future upgradesEssential
20Security -Ensure systems are operated, managed, secured and used in accordance with organizational policies and procedures -Serve as, or support, the Systems Security Officer +Monitor system security advisories and respond appropriately +Monitor system logs and take appropriate action when anomalies are detected -Perform system security scans, analyze results and correct deficienciesEssential
20System Upgrades and Modernization -Develop utilities and problem solving tools -Perform analysis, and develop/modify software and systems to circumvent problems and enhance access -Develop regression test cases to solve problems, to implement robust systems and to validate system changes -Support faculty and staff in programming projects as needed -Follow industry hardware and software releases to determine when upgrades are advantageous -Provide procurement support as part of a team +Develop requirements and identify potential recipients for RFPs +Evaluate proposals and make product recommendationsEssential
30Maintain Availability and Functionality of Systems -Perform day-to-day system status reviews and troubleshooting; work with vendors as necessary, to ensure fully functioning systems -Develop and maintain baseline of expertise required to support systems and participate in on-call rotation -Maintain technical currency and awareness of technological advances relating to HPC and server technologies and operating systems -Participate in machine room power outages -Install, inventory, modify, maintain, test and integrate system hardware and software to provide access to systems and software tools with minimal negative impact to users by making effective use of downtime -Install and update user software as requested by staff -Take a leading role in overall system responsibility or particular system roles or tasksEssential
5Center/Professional Development -Maintain professional security certification as appropriate -Achieve and maintain technical professional certification -Author and present papers/posters at professional conferences -Participate in funding/grant writing activities as appropriate -Represent organization at campus, local, state, national and international meetingsEssential
5Research and Planning -Track industry trends and share information concerning new technologies of interest -Evaluate and report on new technologies of interest -Work with organization and other units on research and/or implementation of new technologiesEssential

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.  


  • 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.
  • Expert-level knowledge of analysis, database administration, security, systems administration, and engineering.
  • 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 and devise alternate strategies for solutions.
  • Advanced knowledge of a specialized area.
  • Advanced knowledge of managing enterprise level technology.
  • Ability to understand needs of end users.
  • Ability to deliver results for the organization.
  • Ability to extrapolate abstract business problems into a successful targeted architecture benefiting UA.
  • Ability to guide and mentor peers on tasks related to their area of expertise.
  • Ability to make decisions on matters of significance and implement these decisions on behalf of the University. 
  • Advanced knowledge of policies, standards and the computing environment.
  • Project management skills.
  • Ability to work in a team environment with developers, testers and analysts.
  • Effective verbal and technical writing communication skills.
  • Prioritization and organization skills.
  • Ability to write and maintain good technical documentation.
  • Ability to lead a deployment or troubleshooting team.
  • Ability to work scheduled periods of 24x7 on-call support.
  • Experience troubleshooting and deploying computer hardware and software.
  • Technical skills to include advanced computer system design and testing.
  • Advanced system administration skills.
  • Experience implementing or training with IT security best practices and methods.
  • Experience writing basic shell scripts.Experience troubleshooting and deploying peripheral hardware systems.

Required Education and Experience:

  • A Bachelors degree in information technology, software development, or science research field, or equivalent experience.
  • 4 years of experience in a science or IT field.

Salary Information:

This position is a full-time, term-funded, exempt Grade 81, 12-month position complete with a competitive salary and UA employee benefits package.

*** Remote work arrangements will be considered ***

Application  Process:

YOU MUST BE A US CITIZEN AND PROVIDE THIS CONFIRMATION IN YOUR RESUME OR COVER LETTER. To apply for this position, please provide a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references with your application.

To be considered for this position, please apply by 1/20/2021, at 11:55 PM Alaska Time. The initial review will begin on 1/21/2021. This posting will be closed once the position 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.

The University of Alaska is a Drug-Free Workplace. The 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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