[unav_all] Job Opening at UNAVCO - Field Engineer II

Melissa Weber weber at unavco.org
Thu Jan 20 16:11:39 MST 2011

APPLICANTS MUST APPLY AT: www.unavco.org/careers

Position:    Engineer II                                                                          FLSA Status: Exempt
Reports to: Regional Engineer                                                                  Created: 4/2005; Revised 01/03/11

Summary of Job
This individual independently manages and implements complex geophysical projects via hands-on field work, or network and communication maintenance.
Essential Job Functions
·        Independently manages and implements complex geophysical projects which may include: logistics, site reconnaissance, site selection, permitting, installation activities, maintenance, network configuration, station communications and/or data flow activities.
·        Works in conjunction with Principal Investigators, UNAVCO staff and other collaborators to plan and execute geophysical projects to support the UNAVCO community.
·        Specifies station configurations and data collection strategies and develops related cost estimates and project budgets.
·        Independently identifies and solves technical issues related to hardware, software, and data communications.  Troubleshoots hardware, software and logistics.
·        Independently trains field personnel and other UNAVCO staff in best practice techniques for geophysical data collection.
·        Leads the design, fabrication, integration, testing, documentation, and repair of hardware and software for geophysical projects.
·        Uses ingenuity in making adaptations and modifications when necessary.
·        Generates detailed technical project documentation and prepares required reports. Prepares content for UNAVCO web site.
·        Reviews expenditures and provides documentation and technical feedback to assist in the proposal writing process.
·        Supervise contract labor, subcontract teams and Engineer I’s in the installation of geophysical instrumentation. 
·        Contribute to scientific and engineering presentations on geophysical project results.
·        Travel domestically or internationally for extended periods in support of geophysical projects on short notice.
·        Other duties may be assigned.

Skills and Knowledge

·        Expert knowledge of geophysical methodologies and instrumentation, data communications, and power systems.
·        Ability to supervise complex engineering tasks.
·        Proven ability to plan and coordinate complex geophysical research projects.
·        Broad range of computer skills in operating systems, communications, networking and applications.
·        Skills in the safe use of hand and power tools.
·        Proficiency in computer networking and data communications.
·        Ability to master project specific hardware and software.
·        Effective oral and written communication skills in English.
·        Ability to obtain a valid driver’s license and a UNAVCO-insurable driving record.

·        Experience in processing geophysical data and analyzing results.
Required Education and Experience
·        Bachelor’s degree in engineering, Earth science or similar field or equivalent specialized work experience.
·        Four years experience in engineering, Earth science research, or other relevant technical experience or a combination of relative education and experience.
Physical Requirements
Must be able to balance, bend, stoop, climb, kneel, crawl, and climb stairs; sit for sustained periods of time; use fingers and repetitive motion on computing and communications devices; ability to carry and lift items over 45 pounds; ability to reach above shoulders; ability to walk in remote areas over rough terrain in extreme weather conditions; ability to hear and speak effectively on phone; the ability to see technical components in low lighting conditions.  Must be able to fly in confined aircrafts.

Mental Requirements
Must be able to understand complex issues and collaborate and explore alternative solutions.  Must be able to organize and prioritize work schedule of others on short-term basis.  Must be able to make decisions which have significant impact on the department. Must be able to make informal presentations. Must be able to compose detailed reports, work-related manuals and to orally communicate technical information. Must be able to compute, analyze and interpret numerical data for reports.

COCONet Addendum
Must be able to obtain a passport and travel internationally.  Must be willing to frequently travel for 2-3 weeks every month.  Spanish or French language skills are desirable.  This position will be based in Boulder.

Melissa M. Weber
6350 Nautilus Dr.
Boulder, CO 80301
ph: 303-381-7561
fax: 303-381-7501

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