[unav_all] Job Position Open at UNAVCO - Field Engineer II

Melissa Weber weber at unavco.org
Wed Jan 26 16:06:09 MST 2011


Position:    Engineer II                                                                         
FLSA Status: Exempt
Reports to: Project Manager or Engineer III         
Created: 4/2005; Revised 09/10/10

Summary of Job
This position has funding for one year and is a field engineering position based in either Boulder, CO or Portland, OR. This individual independently manages and implements complex geophysical projects via hands-on fieldwork, 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.

The following skills will be given special consideration:
·        Familiar with broadband seismic field instruments including setup, data collection and meta-data collection.
·        Familiar with seismic data collection software, specifically the Antelope software package.
·        Familiarity with Cisco VPN setup and configuration.
·        Familiarity with borehole seismic, strain and tilt borehole instruments.
·        Familiarity with the NetR9 geodetic GPS receiver.
·        Familiarity with low-power, long-range industry standard spread spectrum radios. This includes, but is not limited to, the 802.11 standard. 
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.

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

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