GNSS Specialist - Alaska Earthquake Center

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  • Job Number:521509
  • Classification:Research Professional 3
  • Grade:Grade 80
  • Work type:On Campus, 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 a GNSS Specialist to serve as the Center's expert resource for geodetic field installations, data acquisition, archival, dissemination, and quality assurance. We seek an individual with expert knowledge of real-time GNSS data acquisition and field infrastructure. We especially seek applicants with diverse (broadly defined) backgrounds that are historically underrepresented in STEM fields.

Duties:

20Reporting and documentation: Document fieldwork and new procedures and provide regular updates on GNSS instrumentation and data status to management, field team, external stakeholders, and partner agencies. Contribute to reports on fieldwork, station maintenance, station state of health, and other specific projects as needed.Essential
40Data acquisition and quality control: Serve as the Center’s expert resource for geodetic data acquisition, archival, dissemination, and quality assurance. In conjunction with the system team, manage and maintain the real-time acquisition and disseminations of Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) data. Lead the Center’s GNSS data quality assessment efforts by developing and implementing new procedures and/or by participating in existing data quality assessment protocols in coordination with other staff. Ensure high data return through detailed monitoring and timely troubleshooting of a real-time data flow. This may include, but not limited to, regularly accessing station power and telemetry status, evaluating network uptime, implementing solutions to resolve data flow issues and other data quality measures. Follow established practices for documenting outages and data quality problems; develop and implement new procedures as needed.Essential
40Fieldwork: Serve as the Alaska Earthquake Center’s (Center) expert resource for geodetic hardware and field installations. Work with management and staff to provide assistance with decision-making and goal setting for geodetic projects. Work with management and field teams to secure, test, install, and maintain geodetic instrumentation. In coordination with the Fieldwork Manager, plan and lead field campaigns and team members to install and maintain geophysical equipment at the Center’s field sites. Exercise good judgment in remote settings under time and weather constraints; ensure the safety of team members. Document work following established Field Team practices. Complete mandatory field safety training courses.Essential

Additional Position Information:

The Alaska Earthquake Center is a cooperative environment where projects and operations are executed by well-empowered collaborative teams. The duties of the GNSS Specialist include geodetic field installations, data acquisition, archival, dissemination, and quality assurance, especially for real-time data streams. During the summer field season (May-October), this position will participate 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.

To be eligible for this position, applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States without restriction. Applicants who now or may in the future require visa sponsorship to work in the United States are not eligible.

This position will be physically located at the UAF campus in Fairbanks, Alaska. The successful finalist will be expected to report to duty at the UAF office on the first day of employment.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

Expert knowledge of real-time GNSS data acquisition and field infrastructure.

Ability to design, install, and maintain GNSS and seismic field stations.

Ability to adapt to conditions and make sound judgments independently in a remote/wilderness setting.

Ability to communicate program objectives and results effectively to managerial and technical personnel, as well as the general public.

Knowledge of IP Addressing, subnets, and simple networking principles.

Professional written and oral communication skills.

Advanced knowledge of research methods and analytical procedures.

Typical Experience:
Master's degree in physical sciences, electrical engineering, or a related field and two years of research experience at the postgraduate level in a field relevant to the research, or an equivalent combination of training and experience. Previous fieldwork experience. Eperience with computers and more specifically UNIX/Linux, basic computer programming, and/or configuring field communication and data logger devices.

Applicants with a B.S. in physical sciences, electrical engineering, or a related field with 3 years of professional experience in geophysical field monitoring will also be considered.
Required Education or Training:

Master's degree in physical sciences, electrical engineering, or a related field and two years of research experience at the postgraduate level in a field relevant to the research, or an equivalent combination of training and experience.

Applicants with a B.S. in physical sciences, electrical engineering, or a related field with 3 years of professional experience in geophysical field monitoring will also be considered.

Salary Information:

This position is full-time, Grade 80 term-funded, exempt, 12-month position complete with a competitive salary and UA employee benefits package. New hires will be placed on the UA staff salary schedule, based on education and experience.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

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 9/18/2022 at 11:55 PM Alaska Time. The review of this posting will start on 9/19/2022. 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 907-474-7357. 

Applicants needing a reasonable accommodation to participate in the application and screening process should contact the UA Human Resources office at 907-450-8200.

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 no later than six weeks from the new hire's start date.

*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 contract.


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


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.


UA is an AA/EO employer and educational institution and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual: www.alaska.edu/nondiscrimination


The successful applicant is required to complete a background check. Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.


Your application for employment with the University of Alaska is subject to public disclosure under the Alaska Public Records Act.


If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact University of Alaska HR at 907-450-8200.


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