Shipboard Science Systems Engineer II

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Classification:Research Professional 2
Grade:Grade 79
Work type:Staff Full-time
Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Fairbanks
School/Business unit:UAF College of Fish & Ocean Science
Location: Seward
Categories: Marine Worker, Engineering/Computer Science, Information Systems/Technology

Position Summary:

If you are interested in the opportunity to work aboard one of the most advanced university research vessels in the world apply today! The R/V Sikuliaq is a 261-foot oceanographic research ship capable of bringing scientists to the ice-choked waters of Alaska and the polar regions. We are currently accepting applications for permanent marine Shipboard Science Systems Engineer II position.


20Organizational duties may include: -Providing liaison support to coordinate and facilitate multidiscipline and multi institutional oceanographic research embarking, operating and disembarking the SIKULIAQ -Act as UAF interface between science parties, ship facilities and personnel precuise, cruise and post cruise operations -Keep SIKULIAQ Science Operations Manager up to date on work performed, issues and strategies to improve instrumentation -Provide SIKULIAQ researchers with timeely and adequate feeedback regarding the status of relevant issues -Participating in team meetings as needed -Serving as an organizational technical interface to communicate appropriate levels of information both top down and bottom upEssential
20Technical Project duties expanding the functionality of SIKULIAQ science instrumentation may include: -Instillation and integration of science instrumentation into science systems. -Providing ancillary support to researchers integrating science supplied instrumentation into SIKULIAQ science systems -Developing documentation in concert with project development to ensure operational integrity and maintainability of SIKULIAQ science instrumentaion -Other duties as assignedEssential
60Technical Support duties supporting science instrumentation aboard SIKULIAQ -Scientific and technical liaison supporting research aboard the SIKULIAQ -Installation, deployment and maintenance of SIKULIAQ science Instrumentation. -Participate in research cruises, maintain scientific instrumentation, monitor data collection and perform maintenance and repairs as necessary -Provides training for scientific personnel and crew in the use of SIKULIAQ science instrumentation -Maintains current documentation to reflect modification to existing science instruments. Generates documentation and procedures for new science support equipment and systems. -Manage preventative maintenance and calibration of science instrumentation -Research emerging technologies and evaluate them for use aboard SIKULIAQEssential

R/V Sikuliaq is a global-class ice-capable 261-foot ship owned by the National Science Foundation and operated by the University of Alaska Fairbanks, as part of the U.S. academic research fleet. Learn more at

The R/V SIKULIAQ is operated by the University of Alaska Fairbanks - Seward Marine Center with home port Seward, Alaska. The Seward Marine Center (SMC) campus is a 13 acre field station under the College of Fisheries & Ocean Sciences on the waterfront of Resurrection Bay (see

The Shipboard Science Systems Engineer is responsible for science systems and oceanographic technical services aboard R/V Sikuliaq. As part of the Science Support Group, this position serves as the ship’s scientific and technical liaison for multi-institutional oceanographic research missions. Duties include the installation, deployment, operation, and maintenance of instrumentation and equipment, as well as data acquisition and management. In addition to participating in cruises at sea, this position is expected to contribute to projects during layups and shipyard periods.

This is a full-time Grade 79, minimum $26.08/hr, DOE, 12-month position complete with a competitive salary and UA employee benefits package. UA employees receive excellent benefits including participation in State of Alaska PERS retirement, 12 paid holidays per year, tuition waivers for employees and family members, and affordable medical, dental and vision care coverage.

Review Date: Recruitment will remain open until the position is filled, with the first review of applications occurring on or about March 7th. To ensure consideration, please submit an application by 11:55 pm Alaska time on March 6th, 2021.

TO APPLY, please go to This link directs applicant to create a user name & password and to complete a UA application form. Once this step is completed, apply to the Shipboard Science Systems Engineer posting.

Additional Documents:

Each applicant must submit legible copies of the following documents to be considered for the position:

  1. Resume, cover letter, and three references with your applications
  2. Valid driver’s license
  3. Valid TWIC or able to possess a future one
  4. Current U.S. Passport


Term Position:

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

Reasonable Accommodation Statement:

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.

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.

University of Alaska is a Drug-Free Workplace. University of Alaska campuses are Tobacco-Free. 

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 University of Alaska HR at 907-450-8200.

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