Field Engineer - Alaska Earthquake Center (AEC)

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  • Job Number:524515
  • 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 (AEC) is seeking motivated individuals to fill multiple Field Engineer positions. We are looking for someone who is passionate about engineering and science and has experience working in the field. You will be responsible for planning and conducting field maintenance campaigns for our network of over 250 monitoring stations across Alaska. If you are comfortable working independently and enjoy being outdoors, we want to hear from you. Apply and join our dynamic Field Team!


15Radio systems: Design UHF radio networks to support real-time acquisition of seismic data from remote locations. Perform radio propagation analyses to inform antenna selection and placement. Install and maintain satellite telemetry systems and cellular modems. Work to integrate different links in the telemetry chain between the sensor and the lab to reduce seismic data latency.Essential
15Reporting: Write reports analyzing seismic network performance. Maintain detailed records describing circuit designs, equipment configurations, and maintenance actions. Develop and write technical procedures. Lead the creation of reports.Essential
20Field work: Plan and lead field campaigns to install and maintain seismic monitoring systems in remote locations. Troubleshoot electrical systems and implement solutions with approval. Adapt to time, weather, and personnel constraints independently to complete prioritized maintenance tasks.Essential
50Field site power, network, and/or communication systems: General: -Perform work under general direction. Electrical: -Design power conversion and distribution systems to support seismic sensors, telecommunications equipment, and auxiliary sensor packages, as well as stand-alone direct current (DC) systems. -Develop engineering solutions to improve seismic station power system performance. -Develop robust battery and solar charging systems for use in remote seismic stations. -Design, simulate, layout, and test electrical circuits. -Design and lead laboratory experiments to evaluate station configurations and commercial equipment. Network: -Analyze power system diagnostics and environmental data to size battery banks and solar arrays. -Work to expand the use of modern battery chemistries across the seismic network. Research battery technologies and battery manufacturers, test batteries and charging systems in the laboratory, evaluate their performance and deploy them in the field. -Develop models for use by other team members.Essential
Position Summary:
The Alaska Earthquake Center (AEC) is seeking one or more motivated individuals to fill Field Engineer positions. We are looking for people who are passionate about engineering and science and have experience working in the field. You will be responsible for planning and conducting field maintenance campaigns for our network of 250 monitoring stations across Alaska. If you are comfortable working independently and enjoy being outdoors, we want to hear from you. We especially seek applicants with diverse (broadly defined) backgrounds that are historically underrepresented in STEM fields.  Apply and join our dynamic Field Team! 
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 Field Engineer include field installation and troubleshooting of scientific monitoring equipment, monitoring the performance of remote field stations, testing of hardware systems, and configuration of data acquisition and communication devices. During the 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.

As a public, regional, comprehensive university, UAF is committed to building a culturally diverse and inclusive organization and strongly encourages women, minorities, members from marginalized communities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans to apply.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities: General:
  • Ability to adapt to conditions and make sound judgments independently in a remote setting.
  • Professional written and oral communication skills.
  • Advanced outdoor leadership skills.
  • Advanced knowledge of research methods and analytical procedures.
  • Proven ability to develop models for use by other team members.
  • Experience in compiling and communicating project reports, and/or publications.
  • Experience in remote fieldwork, including lifting heavy loads and working in inclement conditions.
  • Advanced knowledge of DC power systems.
  • Familiarity with Spice, Matlab, or related circuit simulation software tools.
  • Advanced knowledge of DC power systems, photovoltaics, and lithium battery technology.
  • Advanced knowledge of IP-based satellite communications Systems.
  • Advanced knowledge of the fundamentals of radio wave propagation.
Required Experience & Education:

M.S. in engineering or related discipline and two years research experience at the postgraduate level in a field relevant to the research, or an equivalent combination of training and experience.

Experience in field operations to install and/or maintain scientific equipment and/or equivalent education.

Valid driver's license and clean driving record in compliance with UA safe driving criteria.

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:

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.

*Applicants must be legally eligible for unrestricted employment to work in the U.S. No work visas will be sponsored for this position. 

Please attach a resume, cover letter, and the names and contact information for three (3) professional references with your application.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until a successful candidate is identified.

Review of application materials will begin immediately. Search and selection procedures will be closed when a sufficient and viable number of qualified candidates have been identified

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:

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 need assistance applying to this posting, please contact GI - Office of Human Resources at 907-474-7357 or at 

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