[unav_all] Position Announcement: UNAVCO Technician II

Holly Zilling zilling at unavco.org
Wed Jun 13 15:39:12 MDT 2012

Job Announcement:  UNAVCO Technician II

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. 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 maintenance 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 6/25/12.

Position overview

Develops, performs and maintains manufacturing assembly processes (electronic and light mechanical) at the shop-floor level, including work flow layout, and specifies and purchases items related to equipment and tooling.

 Working Relationships

Internal: Participate as a member of a team to test and evaluate new geophysical equipment, power systems, and communication equipment.  May work with engineers to develop procedures and equipment design.  Works with engineering staff to support the development and fabrication of equipment related to permanent GPS stations. 

External:  Works with vendors to specify and purchase electrical and mechanical equipment for permanent and campaign GPS systems.

 Essential Job Functions

·       Assembles, tests, configures and manifests high precision equipment, while meeting quality standards and production schedules for projects with broader scope.
·       Repairs geophysical research equipment.
·       Accurately maintains databases used for equipment and project tracking.
·       Identifies and corrects equipment problems down to board level.
·       Tests and packages equipment prior to departure from facility.
·       Develops and implements manufacturing, testing and evaluation, and QC procedures for geophysical systems.
·       Produces drawings and documentation related to the development, manufacturing and testing of permanent GPS station instrumentation and GPS campaign equipment.
·       Cross-trains other operators in equipment, assembly.
·       Support field projects as assigned.
·       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 in accordance with UNAVCO procedures.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Required Skills
·       Ability to solve complex electrical and mechanical problems.
·       Advanced skills in electronic and mechanical equipment assembly, testing and calibration. 
·       Skills in the safe operation of hand and machine tools.
·       Is expected to understand and comply with procurement and allowable-costs standards within a grant-funded organization.
·       High standards of quality control and attention to detail. 
·       Ability to check the work of others.
·       Skills in electronic troubleshooting to board level.
·       Good oral and written communications skills in English.
Desired Skills

·       Skills in troubleshooting standard GPS Equipment.
Required Experience

Associates degree in Electronics, Engineering, or related field plus four years related experience in a light industrial environment or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Physical Requirements

Must be able to lift and up to 50 pounds.  Must be able to bend, stoop, kneel, and climb.  Must be able to grasp objects and reach above shoulders.  Must be able to see small electronic components.

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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