The Earthquake Center’s success is built through the collaboration of people with different specialties. Our team includes scientists, technicians, engineers, communications professionals, IT specialists, and administrative professionals. We are a cooperative environment where projects and operations are executed by well-empowered teams.
The center’s values emphasize employee flexibility, the open sharing of different perspectives, and a commitment to serving Alaska and Alaskans. The center values staff members with a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences. We share a commitment to increasing our awareness and action to support diversity and inclusivity. Professional growth and development are supported and encouraged. The Earthquake Center is a mission-driven organization set within the Geophysical Institute at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. The university offers an attractive work environment and strong benefits.
The Alaska Earthquake Center is seeking one or more motivated individuals to fill Field Engineer positions. We are looking for people who are passionate about engineering and science and have experience working in the field. You will be responsible for planning and conducting field maintenance campaigns for our network of 250+ monitoring stations across Alaska. If you are comfortable working independently and enjoy being outdoors, we want to hear from you. We especially seek applicants with diverse (broadly defined) backgrounds that are historically underrepresented in STEM fields.
Apply and join our dynamic Field Team! (Job number: 524515)
The Alaska Earthquake Center is a cooperative environment where well-empowered collaborative teams execute projects and operations. The duties of a Seismic Analyst are to analyze and evaluate Earthquake Center seismic data to (1) curate the comprehensive catalog of seismic events in Alaska; (2) monitor the quality of the Earthquake Center’s seismic waveforms and catalog; and (3) investigate and report unusual events that appear in our data.
To thrive in this role you must enjoy working with people, solving puzzles, and uncovering unique signals to better understand Alaska’s distinct environment regarding hazard, risk management, and research. While a degree and background in geophysics or geology are preferred, many can excel with a background in solving time-series data. This position requires an applicant to work on-call at times and weekends when large earthquakes occur - but - does allow for overtime.
There are also opportunities to work with the Field Team performing maintenance on the 250+ stations across Alaska, work with the Systems Team to engineer software solutions, or as part of the Communications Team to relay information and science to the public.
Apply and join our dedicated Analysis Team! (Job number: 527461)
The duties of the Communications Team are to create and disseminate content that (1) increases the understanding of the Earthquake Center’s seismic and tsunami products, as well as our organizational collaborations; (2) increases awareness of the Alaska Geophysical Network weather and GNSS capabilities; (3) supports the Earthquake Center’s efforts to develop a strong and diverse Alaskan workforce; and (4) spreads awareness of Earthquake Early Warning as it might exist in Alaska.
The Field Team enables research, hazard monitoring, and public engagement by (1) maximizing high-quality data return by engineering durable stations; (2) executing field operations that are safe, efficient, and clearly defined; (3) monitoring state-of-health, maintaining, and upgrading the Alaska Geophysical Network; and (4) developing and onboarding new sustainable components (sensors, telemetry, power, and infrastructure).
The duties of the Systems Team are to manage a computing and software environment for the Earthquake Center that (1) is sustainable, secure, and reliable for 24/7 operations; (2) supports data acquisition, real-time processing, data analysis, and research; (3) provides reliable long-term archiving of data and products; (4) enables access to this archive through web-based and in-house tools; and (5) delivers timely support to users.
There are student positions in various disciplines open. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 907-474-7320 to discuss your interests so we can connect you with a project that will support your academic and career goals. (It really helps to contact us directly, even if you are already in the student employment pool.)
The Earthquake Center is a research facility within the 400-person Geophysical Institute at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Graduate students enroll in the Earth Systems Science track of the College of Natural Sciences & Mathematics. The Earthquake Center's group of about 30 career professionals (seismologists, engineers, communications specialists, and software developers) conducts a full range of science, from basic research, to societal impact, to public policy. We offer multiple opportunities for field work, earthquake analysis, emergency response, community outreach, and professional development.
For more information about graduate studies and the Earthquake Center, contact Mike West.
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