[unav_all] Job Opening - Engineer

Holly Zilling zilling at unavco.org
Mon Jan 9 10:35:05 MST 2012


Independently manages and implements geophysical projects of advanced complexity via hands-on field work, or network and communication maintenance. The engineer will implement the operations, maintenance and improvements of the GPS network and perform other essential job functions related to geodetic instrumentation within the Southwest region of the Plate Boundary Observatory network and will be based out of San Clemente, CA.  The engineer will implement moderately complex geophysical projects and will work with the project manager to accommodate special projects related to UNAVCO’s strategic plan.

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
-Ensure that the PBO-SW network performance metrics are being met.  This includes station uptime, QC statistics, state of health monitoring, timeseries analysis and timely response to equipment failures
-Act as an ambassador for UNAVCO and is responsible for building and maintaining relationships with onsite contacts and landowners in the PBO-SW region as well as outside agencies such as the USGS.  The engineer will ensure professional coordination with all access and project contacts.  
-Track and stock adequate inventory as well as maintain a well-organized warehouse and office space.  The engineer will be responsible for tracking RMA’d equipment and assist in maintaining the vehicle fleet.  The engineer will be responsible for all elements of shipping and receiving for domestic and international shipments.
-Ensure that metadata, contact, access, photos and required documentation are current and submitted within a timely manner.  
-Implement other projects and oversee subcontractors as required.
-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 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.
-Ability and willingness to work for extended periods in remote locations under extreme weather conditions.
-Knowledge of GPS, tilt, seismic, meteorological and strain measurement technology and data processing.  In depth understanding of high precision GPS instruments and installation procedures, DC power systems, and data telemetry.  
-Knowledge of computer operating systems including LINUX and Microsoft based systems. 
-Knowledge of standard personal computer software; and e-mail, Internet, and web interfaces.
-Knowledge of DC wiring and troubleshooting techniques.
-Knowledge and experience designing, troubleshooting and installing complex RF data telemetry networks. 
-Knowledge and experience working with IP networks.
-Knowledge of operating high clearance 4x4 vehicles in technical terrain.
-Experience working around helicopters, light aircraft and maritime vessels. 
-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.

Required Education and 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.

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:
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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