Field Technician - Alaska Earthquake Center

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Classification:Research Technician 3
Grade:Grade 77
Work type:Staff Full-time
Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Fairbanks
School/Business unit:UAF Geophysical Institute
Location: Fairbanks
Categories: Engineering/Computer Science, Research/Science/Grants

Position Summary:

The Alaska Earthquake Center is hiring two Field Technicians to join the efforts of our dynamic Field Team. We seek individuals with the ability to plan, participate in, and lead field maintenance campaigns for our network of over 250 seismic stations across Alaska. While a background in engineering, logistics, or geoscience is ideal, this is not required. We especially seek applicants with diverse (broadly defined) backgrounds that are historically underrepresented in STEM fields. This position is a range recruitment, and may be filled as a Research Technician 3 (Grade 77) or a Research Technician 4 (Grade 78), depending upon education and experience.


10Data acquisition: Acquire, test, and configure devices for geophysical data acquisition and digital communications, including cell and satellite modems, radios, routers, receivers, switches, and other network devices.Essential
10Logistical support: Coordinate organization and stocking of lab spaces to support field work and maintenance of the seismic monitoring network.Essential
10Station infrastructure: Acquire, test, and configure hardware systems for field installations. Design, develop, assemble, and evaluate new infrastructure to support seismic monitoring stations in remote locations. Develop and document new procedures and train other team members. Routinely discuss processes to ensure consistency and to identify potential improvements in process.Essential
25Station state of health monitoring: Monitor field stations’ state-of-health. Organize and analyze field stations diagnostic data to ensure quality control and summarize results for reporting. Promptly resolve errors and outages to ensure data acquisition continuity. Work with other team members to identify data troubleshooting needs. Document errors in data and telemetry outages through established procedures.Essential
40Field work: Lead and coordinate the activities of field assistants and student assistants in campaigns to install and maintain seismic monitoring systems in remote field locations, including advance evaluation of maintenance needs and development of the work plans. Exercise good judgement in remote settings under time and weather constraints. Ensure the safety of team members. Document work following established Field Team practices.Essential
5Education and outreach: Participate in education and outreach activities for the seismology lab. Conduct tours of the lab for student groups and other visitors. Coordinate public displays and presentations.Essential

Additional Position Information: 

This position will be physically located at the UAF campus in Fairbanks, Alaska.  While there may be a current opportunity for remote work, the successful finalist will be expected to report to duty at the UAF office no later than 60 days from written notice provided by the university.

The Alaska Earthquake Center is a cooperative environment where projects and operations are executed by well-empowered collaborative teams. The duties of the Field Technician include monitoring the performance of remote monitoring stations, and testing and configuration of hardware systems and data acquisition devices. The position requires a proficiency with computers and a working knowledge of seismic network station infrastructure. During the summer field season (May-October), this position will be participating in field campaigns in remote conditions and will have extensive opportunities to travel to all regions of Alaska. 

The Earthquake Center is a mission-driven organization set within the Geophysical Institute at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. The university offers an attractive work environment and strong benefits including retirement and health insurance, generous leave policies, and tuition waivers for UAF courses. The Earthquake Center’s values emphasize employee flexibility, the open sharing of different perspectives, a respectful inclusive environment, and a commitment to serving Alaska and Alaskans with strong applied science. Career growth and professional development are expected and encouraged.

If you enjoy working in a team and are interested in supporting our mission of building Alaska's resilience to earthquakes and tsunamis, please visit to learn more or contact Brad Lobland, or 907-474-7342.


  • Proficiency with computers.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to lead undergraduate and graduate students in field campaigns to install and maintain mechanical and electronic equipment in remote Alaskan locations.
  • Working knowledge of IP Addressing, subnets, and simple networking principles.
  • Working knowledge of seismic network station infrastructure.
  • Ability to design and troubleshoot new mechanical and electrical systems for rapid deployment to remote locations.
  • Experience with designing, administering, and/or troubleshooting digital communications networks.
  • Experience with education/outreach activities in a related field.
  • The Field Technician 3 position will need to meet the minimum requirements. The Field Technician 4 position will need to meet the minimum requirements and solidly meet three of the six preferred qualifications.

Required Education and Experience: 

Two years college coursework in a field relevant to the research (e.g. science, math, business) and two years experience in a field relevant to the research or an equivalent combination of training and 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.

Salary Information:

This position is full-time, Research Technician 3 (Grade 77) or Research Technician 4 (Grade 78) term-funded, non-exempt, 12-month position complete with a competitive salary and UA employee benefits package.

The Field Technician 3 position will need to meet the minimum requirements. The Field Technician 4 position will need to meet the minimum requirements and solidly meet three of the six preferred qualifications.

Application Process:

To ensure consideration, please apply prior to the review date. Applicants must be legally eligible for unrestricted employment to work in the U.S. No work visas will be sponsored for this position.

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 1/17/2022 at 11:55 PM Alaska Time.  The review of this posting will start on 1/18/2022. This posting will be closed once it is filled.

UAF COVID Requirements

Effective immediately, all new UAF hires, whose job function or work location results in the employee being subject to the UAF vaccine requirements guided by the Federal Contractor Employee vaccine mandate*, must be fully vaccinated with an FDA- or WHO- authorized or approved COVID-19 vaccine or have obtained a university-approved disability/medical or religious exemption by January 18, 2022, or before their start date if after January 18, 2022.

Proof of vaccination does not need to be provided to apply. If offered the position, the successful applicant will be contacted for proof of vaccination.

*Employees based on UAF’s Troth Yeddha’ (Fairbanks) campus, regardless of university affiliation and remote work status; Employees based in UAF research units outside Fairbanks (including Seward Marine Center, Kodiak Seafood and Marine Science Center, HAARP, Poker Flat, Lena Point, and Toolik Field Station); and Employees, regardless of their work location, paid by or directly working on impacted UAF federal contracts.

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.

University of Alaska is a Drug Free Workplace. 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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