[unav_all] Position Announcement: Engineer I or II

Holly Zilling zilling at unavco.org
Wed Apr 11 15:50:30 MDT 2012

UNAVCO is seeking a dedicated Engineer I or II. This position supports the COCONet project and is based at UNAVCO's main office in Boulder, CO.  

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.

We invite candidates to review the position description below and to submit an application by going to https://unavcocareers.silkroad.com/. This position is open until filled; screening date begins 4/16/12. 

Summary of Job

Independently manages and implements geophysical projects of advanced complexity via hands-on field work, or network and communication maintenance. This Engineer supports the COCONet project and will act as an ambassador to the project, interacting with US and foreign researchers and network operators.

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.

Travel extensively throughout the Caribbean, Central, and South American regions. The Engineer must posses a passport and be willing to travel 2-3 weeks every month. The Engineer will be based in Boulder, CO.

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
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.

Ability and willingness to work for extended periods in remote locations under extreme weather conditions.

It is desirable that the Engineer posses Spanish or French languages skills and international shipping and transportation logistical experience.

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 Experience
Bachelor’s 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.

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