University of Alaska GI - Radar Engineer in Fairbanks, Alaska

GI - Radar Engineer

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Classification:Research Professional 2

Grade:Grade 79

Work type:Staff Full-time

Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Fairbanks

School/Business unit:Geophysical Institute


Categories:Engineering/Computer Science, Other, Research/Science/Grants

Position Summary:The Geophysical Institute Space Physics Group seeks a talented engineer to work on the scientific radars of the SuperDARN network. The Position will involve radio hardware and software engineering and deployment to ensure that SuperDARN remains at the cutting edge of space physics observation.


50Radar development R&D: Assit with R&D development, data collection, and intrumentation

Enhancement of existing radar electronics and software to improve system performance

Development of electronics and software for new deploymentsEssential

50Radar Operation and Maintenance: Perform scheduled and unscheduled maintenance on Kodiak, Adak, McMurdo and South Pole SuperDARN radars

Monitoring of radar performance

Diagnosing cause of problems with RF and data acquisition hardware

Interact with research technicians in Antarctica

Assist international partners with software issuesEssential

This position is open to internal candidates only

SuperDARN is an international network of HF radars used for observations of near-Earth space. The successful candidate will join the SuperDARN group at the Geophysical Institute and will lead the operation, maintenance, and development of the radar hardware and software for the systems operated by the GI. In addition, the candidate will work with our international partners to coordinate scheduling and data distribution. Preference will be given to candidates with knowledge of radar signal processing, software radio, and extensive experience programming in C, C++, and Python. The position will require travel to the radar sites, which include Kodiak and Adak, Alaska, and McMurdo and South Pole, Antarctica.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of electromagnetic devices

  • Knowledge of data acquisition electronics

  • Knowledge and experience with computer programming in C-languages

  • Knowledge of radar systems and techniques

  • Strong problem solving skills

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 79 ($25.82/hour, 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. The review of this posting will start on 04/25/2018, at 11:55 PM Alaska Time. Applications received after this date may not be considered until another position becomes available or if a qualified candidate is not identified.

If you need assistance applying to this posting, please contact GI - Office of Human Resources at 907-474-7194 or 907-474-7999. Applicants needing reasonable accommodation to participate in the application and screening process should contact the UAF Human Resources office at 907-474-7700.

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, 2018, and is reviewed annually for contract renewal at the University's discretion.

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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Notice of Nondiscrimination:

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Advertised:17 Apr 2018Alaskan Daylight Time

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