Seismic Data Technician - Alaska Earthquake Center

Seismic Data Technician - Alaska Earthquake Center

  • 527461
  • Fairbanks, Alaska, United States
  • Hybrid
  • Remote within Alaska
  • Staff Full-time
  • Grade 77
  • UAF Geophysical Institute

The Earthquake Center is a mission-driven organization 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.

The Geophysical Institute is a research-driven organization 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 Geophysical Institute is committed to equity, inclusion, and accountability and values the open sharing of different perspectives. We support a respectful and welcoming 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.

The Alaska Earthquake Center is a cooperative environment where well-empowered collaborative teams execute projects and operations. The duties of a Seismic Analyst are to analyze and evaluate Earthquake Center seismic data to (1) curate the comprehensive catalog of seismic events in Alaska; (2) monitor the quality of the Earthquake Center’s seismic waveforms and catalog; and (3) investigate and report unusual events that appear in our data.

To thrive in this role you must enjoy working with people, solving puzzles, and uncovering unique signals to better understand Alaska’s distinct environment regarding hazard, risk management, and research. While a degree and background in geophysics or geology are preferred, many can excel with a background in solving time-series data. This position requires an applicant to work on-call at times and weekends when large earthquakes occur - but - does allow for overtime. 

There are also opportunities to work with the Field Team performing maintenance on the 250 stations across Alaska, work with the Systems Team to engineer software solutions, or as part of the Communications Team to relay information and science to the public.

Minimum Qualifications:

Two years college coursework in a field relevant to the research and two years experience in a field relevant to the research or an equivalent combination of training and experience.

Position Details:

This position is full-time, Grade 77, continuing, non-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. This position is located at the UAF campus in Fairbanks, Alaska. Remote work agreements will be considered for this position.

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

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 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 need assistance applying to this posting, please contact GI - Office of Human Resources at 907-474-7357 or at uaf-gi-hr@alaska.edu. 


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