[unav_all] Job Announcement: Engineer

Holly Zilling zilling at unavco.org
Wed Jan 25 15:27:45 MST 2012


Job Announcement:  Engineer

Job Description
Manages and implements routine geophysical projects under general supervision via hands-on field work, or network and communication maintenance.

The UNAVCO Facility with JPL provides support for the NASA GNSS infrastructure through a network of permanent GNSS stations called the Global GNSS Network (GGN).  These stations represent approximately 16% of the active stations that make up the IGS permanent station network.  The GGN provides infrastructure necessary for very accurate GPS orbit determination and terrestrial reference frame control for a wide array of NASA missions. Data from these stations are used to produce highly accurate products that are essential for Earth science research, multidisciplinary applications, and education. 

This position is responsible for supporting the NASA Global GNSS Network by preparing GNSS related communications equipment, installing, maintaining, and documenting permanent GNSS station installations domestically and abroad.  This position is also responsible for NASA-GGN station monitoring and computer/equipment configurations associated with the Global GNSS Network (GGN) stations.

Working Relationships

Internal:  Works in conjunction with UNAVCO staff to plan projects of limited complexity and execute geophysical projects.  Receives general supervision and guidance on specific assignments, objectives, complex features and possible solutions.  Work is reviewed by Project Manager or Engineer IV.

External: Works in conjunction with Principal Investigators and other collaborators to plan projects of limited complexity and execute geophysical projects to support the UNAVCO community.  With supervision, may train project team members outside of UNAVCO.

Essential Job Functions


 Monitors GNSS data flow and trouble-shooting of designated continuous stations to ensure timely and reliable data flow into the UNAVCO and other designated archives.   Documents troubleshooting incidents and pertinent information in database.
Conducts field computer systems administration and software installation and testing including security configuration.  Implements standard computer hardware and software compatible with the Linux operating system. Interacts with personnel from JPL and is point of contact for Facility Engineering Group Linux administration.
Applies engineering concepts, theories and principles to improve station design for continuous stations, including researching, designing, testing and applying new solutions to problems.
Conducts field and laboratory tests of GNSS receivers, antennas, power sources, communications equipment, computer systems, and ancillary equipment for permanent station support.
Manages continuous station documentation and works to improve methods for reporting and managing information, including database maintenance and access.
Helps prepare shipments and associated shipping documents, tracks shipments to ensure safe arrival.
With supervision, manages and implements single geophysical projects which may include: logistics, site reconnaissance, site selection, permitting, installation activities, maintenance, testing of equipment and systems, and data flow activities. Assists in testing and design of new systems.
 Assists with specifying station configurations and data collection strategies and assists with developing related cost estimates and project budgets.
With supervision, identifies, troubleshoots, and solves technical issues related to hardware, software, and data communications.
Generates documentation of work and prepares required reports. Prepares content for UNAVCO website to be reviewed prior to publication.
Reviews expenditures and provides documentation.
May contribute 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
Knowledge of geophysical methodologies and instrumentation, data communications, and power systems.

 Ability to work well with other team members.
 Ability to plan and coordinate project tasks.
 Skills in the safe use of hand and power tools.
 Effective oral and written communication skills in English.
 Ability to master project specific hardware and software.
 Ability to train team personnel as needed.
 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.
Proficient with LINUX operating system and network protocols and administration.
 Is expected to understand and comply with procurement and allowable-costs standards within a grant-funded organization.
Required Experience
Bachelor’s degree in engineering, Earth science or similar field or equivalent specialized work experience and one year 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

Ability to understand, remember and apply oral and/or written instructions or other information. Ability to organize thoughts and ideas into understandable terminology. Ability to apply common sense in performing job. Ability to understand and follow basic instructions and guidelines. Ability to complete routine forms, use existing form letters and/or conduct routine oral communication. Ability to add, subtract, multiply, divide and to record, balance and check results for accuracy.

To apply:

View the position description and register your candidacy by uploading your application materials at https://unavcocareers.silkroad.com



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