Field System Engineer and Analyst

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by Milton Garces
Published: July 23, 2020 (6 months ago)


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Regular, Full-Time, RCUH Non-Civil Service position with the School of Ocean & Earth Science & Technology (SOEST), Infrasound Laboratory (ISLA) located in Kailua-Kona, Hawai‘i.  Continuation of employment is dependent upon program/operational needs, satisfactory work performance, availability of funds, and compliance with applicable Federal/State laws.


DUTIES:  Provides technical support for permanent and portable field monitoring stations in the Pacific and elsewhere. Assists the Principal Investigator by carrying out logistics, planning, design, installation, operation, and field maintenance of systems associated with recording stations.  Responsible for data analysis support and data quality assessment. Assists the Principal Investigator with programming, data analysis, interpretation, writing of papers, presentation of results, planning of future projects, and maintaining computers and databases used by laboratory staff. The work environment will vary between office and field conditions, with possible frequent travel to remote sites.

PRIMARY QUALIFICATIONS: EDUCATION/TRAINING:  Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited four (4) year college or university in Physics, Geophysics, Engineering Sciences, Applied Science, Computer Sciences, Mathematics, Cybersecurity, or related field.  EXPERIENCE:  At least three (3) years of experience in digital signal processing and waveform analysis. Experience must include at least two (2) years of related experience in industry, military, or academic work requiring extensive knowledge of standard guides, precedents, methods and techniques for field data acquisition systems; and at least one (1) year of experience in infrasound data collection and analysis.  ABIL/KNOW/SKILLS:  Expertise in digital communication, telemetry, photovoltaic power systems, electronic design and repair, digital signal processing and a working knowledge of the principles, practices, methods, and techniques of other branches of engineering.  Knowledge of time series and spectral analysis, digital signal processing, array processing, and automatic signal classification algorithms. Working knowledge of Linux OS, Mac OS, and Windows OS. Familiarity with iOS and Android OS. Familiarity with geospatial mapping methods.  Ability to perform independent scientific research and to present results in papers and presentations.  Expertise in real-time acquisition, processing, and archiving of digital waveform and image data.  Proficiency with waveform analysis software and image processing tools. Ability to help administer and maintain computer and network systems.  Ability to program in two (2) or more of the following languages: Python, Java, php, or C and its variants.   Must be a U.S. Citizen due to government requirements.  Post Offer/Employment Conditions: Must be able to obtain a U.S. security clearance to access work facilities.  PHYSICAL/MEDICAL REQUIREMENTS:  Ability to travel and perform fieldwork in tropical island environments. Ability to lift and carry fifty (50) pounds of equipment.  Ability to work long shifts to restore monitoring system to mission-capable status in minimal time. POLICY AND/OR REGULATORY REQUIREMENTS: As a condition of employment, employee will be subject to all applicable RCUH policies and procedures and, as applicable, subject to University of Hawai‘i’s and/or business entity’s policies and procedures.  Violation of RCUH’s, UH’s, or business entity’s policies and/or procedures or applicable State or Federal laws and/or regulations may lead to disciplinary action (including, but not limited to possible termination of employment, personal fines, civil and/or criminal penalties, etc.).

SECONDARY QUALIFICATIONS:  Master’s Degree from an accredited college or university in Physics, Geophysics, Engineering Sciences, Applied Science, Computer Science, or related field.  Proven experience in designing, installing, and maintaining robust communication and power systems. Experience in seismic and acoustic data acquisition systems and time series analysis. Knowledge of SeisComP3 software and database administration. Ability to plan and organize large-scale assignments containing many problems and variables. Ability to develop new lines of approach and new or improved techniques in engineering and signal processing.

INQUIRIES:  Dr. Milton Garces 731-5156 (Hawai‘i).

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: Please go to and click on “Job Postings.” You must submit the following documents online to be considered for the position: 1) Cover Letter, 2) Resume, 3) Supervisory References, 4) Copy of Degree(s)/Transcript(s)/Certificate(s). All online applications must be submitted/received by the closing date (11:59 P.M. Hawai‘i Standard Time/RCUH receipt time) as stated on the job posting. If you do not have access to our system and the closing date is imminent, you may send additional documents to [email protected] If you have questions on the application process and/or need assistance, please call (808)956-8344 or (808)956-0872.

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