ASF Ground Station Operator

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Classification:Information Systems Technician - Operations 3
Grade:Grade 78
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

Position Summary:

***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*** ASF is searching for two talented and dedicated staff members to act as Ground Station Operators for the ASF antennas. As an ASF Ground Station Operator, the candidate will be expected to manage and control the antenna systems. This includes monitoring the systems in real-time to identify anomalies and the appropriate corrective action to ensure sensitive data is not lost. This may include processing, ingesting, archiving and distributing data. Experience with operating special purpose digital electronics and terrestrial antenna control systems is preferred. Additionally, knowledge of communication systems, diagnostic techniques, complex computer systems, platforms, applications, and data communications are helpful. Candidates must be a self-starter, detail oriented, and capable of working within a dynamic, results-oriented, environment.


10Update the procedures manuals for each of the various subsystems in a constantly evolving, state of the art data acquisition, processing, archive and distribution facility.Essential
15Prepare tapes, recorders, printers; properly label data tapes for shipment to flight agencies or for archive storage, verify a sufficient supply of tape, paper, labels and cleaning materials are available.Essential
15Support time-critical operational requirements by identifying, processing and verifying quality of images that have been selected for transmission to the National Ice Center or other field activities requiring NRT support. Ensure equipment is configured to transmit images.Essential
25Process the recorded electronic data into images, analyze anomalies and determine acceptability prior to submitting them to the database. Verify database ingested images correctly. Duplicate raw digital data into formats necessary to support international space operations and projects, as well as for purposes of redundant data archival.Essential
30Verify the proper ingestion of daily schedules received from foreign flight agencies, verify the status of station receiving equipment, monitor data acquisitions and perform manual intervention in the event of an anomaly.Essential
5Assist maintenance personnel as requested in trouble shooting equipment, antenna performance, and maintenance problems. This may include working with OSHA approved cleaning chemicals and working in inclement weather.Essential


The Alaska Satellite Facility (ASF) of the Geophysical Institute (GI) at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF), downlinks, processes, archives and distributes remote-sensing data to scientific users around the world. ASF’s mission is to make remote-sensing data accessible. This has many aspects, including promoting, facilitating, and participating in the advancement of remote sensing in order to support national and international Earth science research, field operations, and commercial remote-sensing applications that benefit society. ASF is committed to providing the highest quality of data and service in a timely manner.

The ASF Ground Station currently operates three satellite-tracking antennas. These antennas are capable of dual X-band/S-band downlink and S-band commanding. ASF is expanding their capabilities and expects to have four operational antennas within the next six months.

Salary Information:

This position is a full-time, term-funded, exempt Grade 78, 12-month position complete with a competitive salary and UA employee benefits package.


  • Experience with special purpose digital electronics and terrestrial antenna control systems.

  • Ability to work a shift-type schedule during non-standard business hours, including night shift responsibilities.

  • Excellent verbal and technical writing skills.

  • Demonstrated advanced analytical problem solving, troubleshooting, and critical thinking skills.

  • Experience running UNIX and Windows operating systems in a complex, networked operational environment.

  • Knowledge of a wide range of computer systems, platforms, applications, data communications, service tracking and other applications.

  • Ability to work well with others in a team environment.

Required Education & Experience:

  • Must be able to pass and stay current with internal certification requirements for data downlink.

  • One year of experience working in a networked computer environment.

  • Bachelor's Degree in any Sciences or related field or equivalent experience.

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:

YOU MUST BE A US CITIZEN AND PROVIDE THIS CONFIRMATION IN YOUR RESUME OR COVER LETTER. Remote work is not available for this position. Please also indicate in your cover letter if you live in Fairbanks or are willing to relocate. 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 submit by 05/13/2021, at 11:55 PM Alaska Time. The initial review will begin on 05/14/2021. 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-

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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