Thread: Field Technician - Wilson Alaska Technical Center

Started: 2020-03-11 23:46:42
Last activity: 2020-03-11 23:46:42
Lukas Blom
2020-03-11 23:46:42
Institution: University Of Alaska Fairbanks
Open Until: 2020-03-26

The Wilson Alaska Technical Center (WATC) is looking for a Field Technician. This position will help with the continuous operation and maintenance of seismic and infrasound monitoring stations in support of Nuclear treaty monitoring and the newly formed Geophysical Detection of Nuclear Proliferation (GDNP) University Affiliated Research Center (UARC). This position will be part of a world class team, and travel to Antarctica, remote Pacific islands, and many other locations to support the program.

The WATC ( was created to recognize the accomplishments and growing stature of nuclear treaty monitoring support programs at the Geophysical Institute of the University of Alaska Fairbanks. WATC is an externally funded organization and critical component of the growing GDNP UARC, which was established for research, development, testing, evaluation, and use of scientific and technological capabilities to better sense, locate, characterize, and assess the threat potential of nuclear activities globally. WATC operates and maintains more than twenty infrasound and seismic arrays and stations worldwide, providing real-time data that are used for monitoring nuclear proliferation, volcanic eruptions, and earthquake activity.

The ideal WATC field technician will work closely with WATC engineers, scientists, and staff to ensure real-time delivery of high-quality data produced at seismic and infrasound stations around the world. The field technician will work closely with the WATC operations team to continually look for technical improvements to systems with the intent of increasing station reliability, uptime, and data quality. They will also work closely with external professionals across the US government, national labs, and other academic research institutions to not only push operational capacity forward, but identify and address technical improvements. The ideal candidate will be detail oriented, enjoy an exciting and nimble operational environment, and be self-motivated to advance our field operations.


Knowledge of field-based research and field support.
Knowledge of infrasound and seismic sensor operations.
Ability to develop engineering solutions to infrasound and seismic problems and implement them in the field or in a laboratory.
Ability to communicate program data and results effectively to managerial, technical and non-scientific personnel.
Ability to manipulate data and produce charts and graphs to display trends in data and/or stations performance.
Ability to work in remote locations, sometimes in extreme conditions, without direct supervision. Ability to perform scheduled and preventative maintenance on the UAF IMS arrays. This involves travel to Antarctica, remote Pacific islands, several locations within the contiguous US, and Alaska.
Ability to interpret data results for reporting to relevant funding agencies and partners. Familiarity with basic physical principles and advanced knowledge of engineering and electronic principles.
Knowledge of data collection procedures, data entry procedures, and computerized spreadsheets and databases.

Required Education and Experience:
Bachelor’s degree in physical sciences in electrical engineering, electro-mechanical engineering, and/or a closely related field. Four years of experience in infrasound, seismic or equivalent field-based research, sensor maintenance and operation, and scientific field work. As a public, regional, comprehensive university, UAF is committed to building a culturally diverse and inclusive organization and strongly encourages women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans to apply.

Application Process:
To ensure consideration, please apply prior to the review date.
To apply for this position, please provide a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references with your application. Please submit your application no later than 3/25/2020 at 11:55 PM Alaska Time. The review of this posting will start on 3/26/2020. This posting will be closed once it is filled.
If you need assistance applying to this posting, please contact GI - Office of Human Resources at 907-474-6498.
Applicants needing a reasonable accommodation to participate in the application and screening process should contact the UA Human Resources office at 907-450-8200.

Reasonable Accommodation Statement:
The University of Alaska (UA) is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities throughout the applicant screening process. If you need assistance in completing this application or during any phase of the interview process, please contact UA Human Resources by phone at 907-450-8200.

Term Position:
This position is a term-funded position and is reviewed annually for contract renewal at the University's discretion.

Affirmative Action Statement:
UA is an AA/EO employer and educational institution and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual:

Background Check:
The successful applicant is required to complete a background check. Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.

Probationary Period:
Pursuant to University Regulation 04.07.020, new employees of the University are employed in an at-will probationary status for the first six months of employment. During the probationary period, employment may be terminated for no reason or any reason. Promoted employees also serve a probationary period with limited rights of retreat.

Public Disclosure Statement:
Your application for employment with the University of Alaska is subject to public disclosure under the Alaska Public Records Act. University of Alaska is a Drug-Free Workplace. University of Alaska is a Tobacco-Free Workplace

Training Policy:
It is the policy of the University of Alaska (UA) that all employees are required to complete training to meet the requirements of the positions they hold, and to complete the required training within a specified period to remain employed at the UA.
Contact Information:

If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact GI HR at 907-474-6498.
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