[unav_all] Job Announcement - Engineer

Holly Zilling zilling at unavco.org
Mon Nov 28 10:32:21 MST 2011

UNAVCO is seeking a dedicated Engineer to support our research in the Arctic, Antarctic and other locations.
For nearly three decades, UNAVCO has spearheaded the utilization of cutting-edge technology while providing robust operational support for researchers exploring tectonics (earthquakes, volcanoes, plate tectonics), the deformation of ice, the Earth's response to ground water, sea level, and aspects of the hydrosphere, and atmosphere. Our instrumentation toolbox includes high-precision GPS,  LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) for Airborne Laser Swath Mapping and Terrestrial Laser Scanning,  InSAR (Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar),  and more.  We host the NSF’s Geodesy Data Archive and provide cyberinfrastructure to support the full data life cycle and interoperability with national and international Earth science Data Centers.


Our long-term success depends on development of a forward-looking, diversified workforce that draws on and cultivates talent across the demographic spectrum of gender and ethnicity, across international boundaries, and across scientific disciplines.

Summary of Job
Independently manages and implements geophysical projects of advanced complexity via hands-on field work, or network and communication maintenance. This person is primarily responsible for providing geodetic engineering support to NSF/OPP funded Principal
Investigator (PI) projects in the Arctic and Antarctic.  This includes review of PI GPS and TLS support requirements; development of integrated of GPS, power and communication technology for remote polar regions; plans and provides field support for technically and logistically complex projects, schedules equipment and staff ensuring the successful execution of multiple project schedules. Position requires up to five months of travel per year, primarily in Polar regions.
Working Relationships
Internal:  Works in conjunction with UNAVCO staff to plan and execute geophysical projects.  Receives general supervision.  Work is reviewed. 
External: Works in conjunction with Principal Investigators and other collaborators to plan and execute geophysical projects  May train project team members outside of UNAVCO on more complex projects. 
Essential Job Functions
·        With limited supervision, manages and implements multiple complex geophysical projects which may include: logistics, site reconnaissance, site selection, permitting, installation activities, maintenance, network configuration, station communications and/or data flow activities.  Designs and tests new systems.
·        Specifies station configurations and data collection strategies and develops related cost estimates and project budgets that impact individual projects.

·        Independently identifies and solves standard technical issues related to hardware, software, and data communications and receives guidance on complex problems.  Troubleshoots hardware, software and logistics.

·        Generates detailed technical project documentation and prepares required reports. Prepares content for UNAVCO web site with minimum editorial review.

·        Reviews project budgets.  Reviews expenditures and provides documentation and technical feedback to assist in the proposal writing process.

·        Contribute to scientific and engineering presentations on geophysical project results.

·        Valid drivers license, and current passport.

·        Travel domestically or internationally for extended periods in support of geophysical projects on short notice.

·        Other duties may be assigned as necessary for the successful operation of the business.

To perform this job successfully, this individual must be able to perform each essential job function satisfactorily.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Required Skills and Knowledge

·        Strong 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.

·        Effective oral and written communication skills in English.

·        Proficient in project specific hardware and software.

·        Knowledge and practice of field safety.

·        Ability to meet DOT and UNAVCO driver requirements for the position advertised.

·        Travel for extended  periods of time, including up to four months per year in Antarctica, and up to one month per year in domestic locations and the Arctic.

·        Lift and carry up to 50 lbs. over one mile in rough terrain.

·        Pass the US Antarctic Program medical screening.

·        Fly for extended periods up to 13 hours in confined aircraft.

·        Work at altitudes up to 14,000 ft.

·        Provide field support at primitive remote field camps.

·        Is expected to have a working knowledge of federal grant requirements including procurement standards and allowable costs and be able to transfer that knowledge to others.

To perform this job successfully, this individual must be able to perform each essential job function satisfactorily.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Required Education and Experience
·        Bachelors degree in engineering, Earth science or allied field and three years experience in engineering, Earth science research, or other relevant technical experience; OR Masters degree in engineering, Earth science or similar field and one year experience; OR a Ph.D. degree in engineering, Earth science or similar field or equivalent combination of education and experience.


Mental Requirements

Ability to understand, remember and communicate routine, factual information. Ability to organize and prioritize own work schedule on short-term basis (longer than one month). Ability to make decisions which have moderate impact on immediate work unit. Ability to compose letters, outlines, memoranda, and basic reports and/or to orally communicate technical information. Ability to compute, analyze and interpret numerical data for report purposes.


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