Thread: UAF - WATC Data Specialist

Started: 2019-10-11 14:38:18
Last activity: 2019-10-11 14:38:18
Lukas Blom
2019-10-11 14:38:18
Position Summary:The Wilson Alaska Technical Center is looking for a Data
Specialist. This position will help with the continuous operation and
maintenance of seismic and infrasound monitoring stations in support of the
Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty and the expanding Geophysical
Detection of Nuclear Proliferation University Affiliated Research Center.
***U.S. Citizenship is required for this position***


10% Effective Communication Communicate and coordinate with researchers and
software developers at partner agencies Record and report appropriate and
timely levels of detail regarding the status of projects and work performed
using project management software such as Asana Provide cross training to
WATC staff. Conduct clear, correct, concise, and professional presentations
when asked. Prepare for detailed discussions in meetings. Use effective
interpersonal skills in oral and written communications. Solicit and accept
feedback from others in a professional manner. Work on projects which are
moderate to large in complexity and communicate with team members in a
professional manner.
10% Sustain Existing Functionality Perform system maintenance and software
tuning, install upgrades and modify software to support existing and added
features and functionality. Maintain technical skills and readily learn
emerging technologies. Possess detailed functional knowledge of software
systems. Analyze and quantify internal trouble reports to scope software
repair, requirements, and schedule. Analyze the potential causes of
software and service problems. Devise testing and coordinate quality
assurance activities. Review historic and current subsystem deficiencies to
minimize any inheritance of operational problems with maintaining software.
Create new documentation and update existing documentation to reflect
modifications and existing systems.
20% Project Management Help design technical project plans with the
appropriate level of documentation to satisfy the scope, timeline and
deliverables of a project. Appropriately use resources, track project
progress, and communicate status. Document project and lessons that were
learned as part of project closure. Devise testing and coordinate quality
assurance activities to meet deadlines. Expertly keep multiple assignments
progressing forward. Independently analyze plans and complete assignments.
60% Development and Technical Projects Work with WATC staff to develop
real-time data monitoring tools and software Write professional quality
code that adheres to professional standards and user requirements. Design
future subsystems or enhancements to existing subsystems to improve the
operational functionality of those systems. Devise testing and coordinate
quality assurance activities for new and existing software. Establish and
review requirements for design changes to operational systems. Gain, use,
and improve database skills to include emerging technologies. Interact with
vendor technical support to solve problems when necessary. Review others’
code and identify areas for improvement. Serve as an expert advisor in
coding and software and use expertise and functional knowledge to assist
and mentor others. Coordinate software deliveries with minimum impact to
operations. Professionally document current processes, systems and
software. Consistently produce high quality work products. Maintain
accurate task information. Skillfully collaborate with others. Participate
in user work team meetings to provide strategic and technical guidance.
Consistently meet deadlines and effectively manage time.

***U.S. Citizenship is required for this position***

The Wilson Alaska Technical Center (WATC) is the leading group within the
recently formed, and expanding, Geophysical Detection of Nuclear
Proliferation (GDNP) University Affiliated Research Center (UARC) at the
Geophysical Institute. WATC enjoys a well-earned international reputation
as a leader in research and global operational activities. With this in
mind, WATC is looking for a Data Specialist to perform a wide range of
responsibilities including data administration, maintaining a secure IT
network infrastructure, and working closely with WATC faculty and staff to
develop unique tools to facilitate research and operations. This position
will have the opportunity to develop innovative and creative products that
support an exciting research and operational team that has global reach.


- Expert level knowledge of programming, database administration, and
- Advanced knowledge of information technologies including hardware and
software, network configuration, system administration, database
development and administration, data and network security, programming, and
system analysis and integration.
- Knowledge and experience with Cisco routers and ASA's
- Knowledge of multiple systems and ability to understand how systems
relate to one another.
- Knowledge of and ability to combine inter-relationships between
disparate problems and formulate situations.
- Ability to formulate problem resolution.
- Ability to analyze unusual, non-routine or complex situations and
- Advanced technical knowledge of a relevant specialty area.
- Advanced knowledge of website design and development.
- Advanced knowledge of managing enterprise level technology.
- Ability to understand the needs of end users.
- Ability to deliver results for the organization.
- Project management skills.
- Ability to work in a team environment with developers, testers and
- Ability to guide and mentor peers on tasks related to their area of
- Effective verbal and technical writing communication skills.
- Prioritization and organization skills.
- Ability to write and maintain high-quality technical documentation.
- Experience developing software in a Unix or Linux environment.
- Experience developing software using software programming languages
such as C, C++, Python, and Perl..
- Experience using Git.
- Advanced knowledge of SQL or PL/SQL.
- Advanced knowledge in software engineering and implementation.

*Required Education and Experience:*

A Bachelor's degree in software development or related field and 3 years of
experience in professional software development or an equivalent
combination of training and work experience.

***U.S. Citizenship is required for this position***

*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.*

*Salary Information:*

This position is a full-time, exempt, term-funded, Grade 80 with salary
commensurate with experience.

*Application Process:*

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 11/03/2019 at
11:55 PM Alaska Time. The review of this posting will start on 11/04/2019.
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 907-450-8200.

Applicants needing a reasonable accommodation to participate in the
application and screening process should contact the UA Human Resources
office at 907-450-8200.

***U.S. Citizenship is required for this position***

*Background Check:*

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

*Non-Represented Staff (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.

*Term Positions:*

This position is a term-funded position through June 30, 2020, and is
reviewed annually for contract renewal at the University's discretion.


Pursuant to Board of Regents’ Policy 04.01.055.B, temporary, extended
temporary, adjunct, student, casual labor, regular new hire probationary
employees, and those positions designated by the presidents as officers and
senior administrators of the university are employed at-will.

*Training Policy:*

It is the policy of the University of Alaska, Fairbanks that all employees
are required to attend training to meet the requirements of the positions
they hold and to complete the required training within a specified period
of time to remain employed at UAF. The policy can be located at

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Luke Blom
Wilson Alaska Technical Center (WATC)
Geophysical Institute - UAF
office: (907)474-5927

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