[unav_all] IRIS Employment Opportunity - TA Station Specialists (Anchorage, Alaska / Lower-48 U.S.)

Andy Frassetto andyf at iris.edu
Wed Feb 25 13:08:29 MST 2015

*Employment Opportunity -- Station Specialists
USArray Transportable Array
(Anchorage, Alaska / Lower-48 U.S.)

The Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS, 
www.iris.edu) seeks two Station Specialists to engage in the effort to 
install and maintain EarthScope USArray Transportable Array (TA) 
stations in Alaska & Canada (www.usarray.org/Alaska) and the lower-48 in 
support of CEUSN (www.usarray.org/ceusn) over the next several years.

One Station Specialist will be located in Anchorage and divide time 
between remote field locations and the Array Operation Center (AOC) in 
Anchorage, reporting to the Station Deployment Coordinator and TA 
Management. This position will execute the logistics and operations for 
constructing, installing, and maintaining the TA stations, working with 
contractors and the Station Deployment Coordinator to form an efficient 
and safety conscious team.  Key duties will be proactive management of 
schedules and proper allocation and utilization of resources (people, 
construction equipment and materials, scientific hardware) for station 
deployments. A second Station Specialist will be hired to work primarily 
in the lower-48 and focused on operation and maintenance of remaining 
TA/CEUSN stations in this region, with an expectation to work seasonally 
(~3 months in the summer) in Alaska.

Specific tasking for the Station Specialists will depend on demonstrated 
skills and interest, but will fall into one of three general branches:

    * Logistics coordination -- create detailed plans for resource
      allocation and provide progress reports
    * Field operations management -- allocate resources between the
      field hubs and remote installation sites and report on activities
    * Field crew lead -- oversee and report on site construction at
      remote locales

These positions provide a unique opportunity to apply scientific 
knowledge and engineering skills to the creation of an unprecedented 
seismological observatory.

The ideal candidate will have at least a bachelor's degree in 
geophysics, engineering, or a related subject and several years of 
experience deploying and operating seismometers or doing similar 
technical and team-oriented fieldwork, particularly in isolated 
environments. Strong communication, negotiation, and problem solving 
skills are vital to the position. Familiarity with winter survival 
practices, emergency first-aid, bear awareness training, and use of 
firearms are a plus. IRIS is a geographically distributed organization, 
and the Station Specialists will work either with the Alaska Station 
Deployment Coordinator or with TA management located primarily outside 
of Alaska. Work in Alaska associated with this position includes 
frequent travel via small aircraft, driving, and strenuous field 
activities in rugged settings.

We offer a competitive salary and excellent benefits. Candidates should 
submit a letter of interest, a resume highlighting pertinent work 
experience, and the contact information (name, phone number, and email) 
for at least three references. To apply, these should be sent 
electronically to hr at iris.edu with the subject lines "Alaska TA Station 
Specialist" or "Lower-48 TA Station Specialist". The positions are 
available immediately and will remain open until filled.

More information on these positions are available here:

Applications will be reviewed in the order that they are received.
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