[unav_all] Job Announcement: Engineer-Polar Networks

Holly Zilling zilling at unavco.org
Tue Aug 14 14:27:34 MDT 2012


Job Announcement: Engineer-Polar Networks
 
UNAVCO, a non-profit membership-governed consortium, facilitates geoscience research and education using geodesy. 
 
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. The UNAVCO Community uses 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 will be open until filled; screening date begins 8/28/12.

Summary of Job
 
This position will provide the selected candidate with an exciting and unique opportunity to participate in the support of scientific geodetic endeavors in the Arctic and the Antarctic.  This position is responsible for the successful development, operation and evolution of polar cGPS networks and community base stations deployed in the Arctic and the Antarctic.  Duties include monitoring and sustaining engineering of: data retrieval hardware and software, instrumentation, communication and power systems for remote, extreme polar environment GPS systems.  Works in multiple design team environments to resolve issues that arise within projects, and maintains standardization across projects for efficiency.  Up to three months travel is required in Polar regions, including Antarctica.  This position independently manages and implements highly complex geophysical projects including logistics, installation activities, maintenance, network configuration, station communications and/or data flow activities. 
 
 Working Relationships
 
Internal:  Works in conjunction with UNAVCO staff to plan and execute complex geophysical projects to support the geodetic science community.  Independently trains field personnel and other UNAVCO staff in best practice techniques for geophysical data collection. Receives minimal supervision.  Informs supervisor concerning unusual problems and proposes appropriate solutions.  Assignments given with general objectives and limits.
External:  Works in conjunction with Principal Investigators, other collaborators to plan and execute complex geophysical projects to support the UNAVCO community.
 
 Essential Job Functions

•       Manages and implements complex technology development projects to enable reliable, year-round GPS data retrieval from remote and extreme Polar environments: Develops design requirements; identifies and solves technical issues related to  hardware, software, and data communications; works with vendors for custom design solutions; oversees performance information and recommends system improvements.  Coordinates with external stake holder organizations and PI institutions regarding common equipment and best practices designs.
•       With the goal of improved system reliability, establishes and maintains rigorous procedures for pre-deployment system testing, hardware pass/fail and change control appropriate for the extreme environments found at equipment field sites.
•       Maintains and advances network data retrieval and monitoring hardware and software.  Monitors polar cGPS network performance and identifies station performance irregularities. Provides remote troubleshooting assistance and repair recommendations when maintenance issues arise.  Together with polar Network Operations Engineer,  ensures that polar permanent station metadata remains up to date in a  robust metadata management system.
•       Serves as lead technical contact for UNAVCO polar community GPS base stations such as those found in Alaska, Greenland and Antarctica.  Maintains equipment inventory lists for UNAVCO equipment held at these facilities and ensures that on-site maintenance and training needs are met.
•       Maintains UNAVCO web content for polar engineering, networks, and community cGPS base stations.  Contributes to scientific and engineering presentations on extreme environment technologies.
•       Devises unique and qualified solutions to complex technical problems requiring innovation and creativity.
•       Generates detailed technical project documentation, process design, advanced technical project documentation and prepares required reports.
•       May assist with preparation of complex project budgets.  Reviews expenditures and provides documentation and technical feedback to assist in the proposal writing process of complex projects.
•       Contributes to scientific and engineering presentations on geophysical project results.
•       This position requires travel or response to external events outside established working hours.
•       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

•       Advanced knowledge of instrumentation, computers, networking, data communications, and power systems.
•       Ability to manage multiple engineering tasks in parallel.
•       Skills in the safe use of hand and power tools.
•       Effective oral and written communication skills in English.
•       Mastery in project specific hardware and software.
•       Knowledge and practice of field safety.
•       Ability and willingness to work for extended periods in remote locations under extreme weather conditions.
•       Strong knowledge of geophysical methodologies desirable.
 
Required Experience
 
•       Bachelor’s degree in engineering, Earth science or similar field and six years experience in engineering, Earth science research, or other relevant technical experience; OR Masters degree in engineering, Earth science or similar field and four years experience; OR a Ph.D. degree in engineering, Earth science or similar field and two years of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience. 
•       Experience should include technical or project leadership.
 
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 aircraft.
 
Mental Requirements
Ability to understand technical problems and to collaborate and explore alternative solutions. Ability to organize and prioritize work schedules of others on short-term basis. Ability to make decisions which have significant impact on the immediate work unit and monitor impact outside immediate work unit. Ability to make informal presentations, inside and/or outside the organization.  Speaking before groups. Ability to compose materials such as detailed reports, work-related manuals, publications of limited scope or impact, etc., and/or to make presentations outside the immediate work area. Ability to compute, analyze and interpret numerical data for report purposes.
 
Job Location
Boulder, CO, US.

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