Job Opportunity: Field Engineer, Geophysical Institute Permafrost Laboratory

Field Engineer with the Geophysical Institute Permafrost Laboratory at University of Alaska Fairbanks, USA

Start date: As soon as possible.

Hours: Permanent and flexible/part-time during October-May, full-time in Alaska during June-September.

Deadline for submission: 1 August 2023


The Permafrost Laboratory at the Geophysical Institute, University of Alaska Fairbanks seeks a field engineer to work on a broad range of projects that focus on improving our ability to understand the response of permafrost affected landscapes (lowland, coastal and mountain regions) to climate and disturbances. The position will involve collecting data from permafrost monitoring sites across Alaska.

Tasks include:

  • Setting up and programming Campbell CR10 and CR1000 Dataloggers to record air and ground temperature data, snow depth, unfrozen water content and other environmental variables at remote sites in Alaskan tundra.
  • Debugging and updating existing programs for Campbell CR10 and CR1000 Dataloggers to include new sensors and features.
  • Setting up radio, cellular, and satellite communications at the selected sites to transmit data to a data collection server at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
  • Maintain data integrity and availability at the public facing website.


  • B.S. in physics, engineering, computer science, or any other related fields.
  • In-depth knowledge of the Campbell Scientific CR10 and CR1000 Dataloggers and associated
  • Good datalogger and general programming skills.
  • Willingness to spend extensive time in the field often in remote parts of Alaska.

The University of Alaska Fairbanks is characterized by:

  • Excellent long-standing research history in geocryology and Arctic landscape dynamics
  • Collaboration and cooperation with various national and international research groups
  • Excellent future career opportunities
  • A diverse group of students and faculty

Further Information:
Please contact Dmitry Nicolsky ( at the University of Alaska Fairbanks
Geophysical Institute Permafrost Laboratory.

We look forward to hearing from you.
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