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Company Name : University of Alaska
Company Location : Fairbanks, AK
Job Position : Software Quality Assurance Engineer – Alaska Satellite Facility (ASF)
Job Category : Jobs in Alaska

Job Description :

  • Job Number:521878
  • Classification:Information Systems Professional 3A
  • Grade:Grade 80
  • Work type:On Campus, Staff Full-time
  • Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • School/Business unit:UAF Geophysical Institute
  • Location:Fairbanks
  • Categories: Information Systems/Technology, Engineering/Computer Science, Research/Science/Grants

Position Summary:

The Alaska Satellite Facility is seeking a Software Quality Assurance Engineer with web and/or system application experience to join our team. Strong knowledge of software QA methodologies, tools and processes is preferred but not required. Any experience with automation is preferred but also not required. This position will participate in an Agile software development and testing process ensuring software quality is maintained from a customer requirements and operational support perspective to support processing and archival of a multi-petabyte satellite data archive. ASF serves data products via innovative web applications to scientific users around the world, and we need help ensuring these applications are robust and easy to use. ***US CITIZENSHIP IS REQUIRED FOR THIS POSITION. TO BE CONSIDERED FOR THIS POSITION, PLEASE LIST YOUR CURRENT CITIZENSHIP STATUS IN EITHER YOUR COVER LETTER OR RESUME. *** THIS POSITION IS NOT ELIGIBLE FOR REMOTE WORK***


10Create quality specifications for new products: Provide technical support to project managers for new products. Create quality specifications for higher-level products from knowledge of original products. Troubleshoot algorithms and modify existing code to characterize quality and correct for errors in new product implementations. Work with Test Team, Scrum Masters, System Admins, and Product Owners for gathering and understanding functional and business needs.Essential
10Effective Communications: Participate in sprint planning meetings, daily scrum meetings, and in team retrospective meetings. Work closely with Operations, Mission Support and Product Management Teams to ensure that the software development process produces high quality products.Essential
15Systems release coordination: Coordinate software releases between development team and operations. Troubleshoot complex issues with the use and installation of packages. Provide for the maintenance of test environments and managing change between the stages of deployment.Essential
25Monitor system quality: Perform routine maintenance and testing of operational systems. Maintain assessment devices in the field and in the IT environment. Monitor health or quality of systems over time, including trending analysis.Essential
40Test software and assess image quality: Identify and acquire appropriate data for testing of specific quality features. Perform new and unique analyses of remote sensing data for assessing image quality. Automate analyses with scripts or code. Make modifications to existing quality assessment tools. Identify, isolate and report defects through unit and integration tests, user acceptance tests, and usability tests. Create tests from user stories and consultation with stake holders. Execute and analyze tests and provide concise and timely information to the development team. Design test matrix based on requirements which will drive the development of unit, integration, user acceptance, exploratory, usability, performance and load testing. Perform visual and standardized analysis of remote sensing data for assessing image quality. Provide good characterizations of quality to development team. Develop and maintain statistics to quantify data quality measurements. Compare quality of data to specifications. Create statistical reports of image quality.Essential

Geophysical Institute:

The Geophysical Institute is a research-driven organization at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. The university offers an attractive work environment and strong benefits including retirement and health insurance, generous leave policies, and tuition waivers for UAF courses. The Geophysical Institute is committed to equity, inclusion, and accountability and values the open sharing of different perspectives. We support a respectful and welcoming environment and a commitment to serving Alaska and Alaskans with strong applied science. Career growth and professional development are expected and encouraged.

As a public, regional, comprehensive university, UAF is committed to building a culturally diverse and inclusive organization and strongly encourages women, minorities, members from marginalized communities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans to apply.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:

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 of planning, analysis, remote sensing and synthetic aperture radar research; acts as a quality assurance subject matter expert.

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 problems and devise alternate strategies for solutions.

Advanced knowledge of a specialized area.

Advanced knowledge of managing enterprise level technology.

Ability to understand needs of end users.

Ability to deliver results for the organization.

Ability to articulate software architectures and to capture and possibly redefine business requirements.

Ability to guide and mentor peers on tasks related to their area of expertise.

Ability to make decisions on matters of significance and implement these decisions on behalf of the University.

Ability to work in a team environment with developers, testers and analysts

Effective verbal and technical writing communication skills

Prioritization and organization skills

Ability to write and maintain good technical documentation

Cross-platform computer and applications skills, to include MS Word, MS Excel, and databases.

Knowledge of scientific methods and principles used in research.

Ability to translate scientific user stories into effective tests

Advanced experience with statistical methods and principles

Ability to write and execute tests and test plans.

Typical Experience:
A Bachelors degree in an information technology, software development, or science research field, or equivalent experience. Three years experience in an IT or remote sensing field. Experience testing in a Linux/Unix environment. 2+ years of software testing. Experience with GIS systems, or any development experience (i.e. Phython).

Required Education or Training:

A Bachelors degree in an information technology, software development, or science research field, or equivalent experience. Three years experience in an IT or remote sensing field.

Salary Information:

This position is full-time, Grade 80, term-funded, exempt, 12-month position complete with a competitive salary and UA employee benefits package. New hires will be placed on the UA staff salary schedule, based on education and experience.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

This position will be physically located at the UAF campus in Fairbanks, Alaska. The successful finalist will be expected to report to duty at the UAF office on the first day of employment.


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 11/27/2022 at 11:55 PM Alaska Time. The review of this posting will start on 11/28/2022. 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 907-474-7357.

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

UAF COVID Requirements:

Effective immediately, all new UAF hires, whose job function or work location results in the employee being subject to the UAF vaccine requirements guided by the Federal Contractor Employee vaccine mandate*, must be fully vaccinated with an FDA- or WHO- authorized or approved COVID-19 vaccine or have obtained a university-approved disability/medical or religious exemption no later than six weeks from the new hire’s start date.

  • Employees based on UAF’s Troth Yeddha’ (Fairbanks) campus, regardless of university affiliation and remote work status; Employees based in UAF research units outside Fairbanks (including Seward Marine Center, Kodiak Seafood and Marine Science Center, HAARP, Poker Flat, Lena Point, and Toolik Field Station); and Employees, regardless of their work location, paid by or directly working on impacted UAF federal contract.

This position is a term-funded position and is reviewed annually for contract renewal at the University’s discretion.

The University of Alaska (UA) is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities throughout the applicant screening process. If you need assistance in completing this application or during any phase of the interview process, please contact UA Human Resources by phone at 907-450-8200.

UA is an AA/EO employer and educational institution and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual:

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

Your application for employment with the University of Alaska is subject to public disclosure under the Alaska Public Records Act.

If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact University of Alaska HR at 907-450-8200.

Advertised: 24 Oct 2022 Alaskan Daylight Time
Applications close:

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