The College of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences invites applications for a full-time 1.00 FTE, 12-month, Fixed-Term Faculty Research Assistant: Electrical Engineer position. Reappointment is at the discretion of the Dean.
The National Geoelectromagnetic Facility (NGF) at OSU is a National Science Foundation (NSF), Department of Energy (DOE), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), US Geological Survey and commercially supported center for instrumentation and electromagnetic (EM) investigations on scales ranging from the near surface to the deep mantle. The NGF operates ~90 long-period and (ultra)wideband land and marine EM Earth subsurface imaging instruments. The Faculty Research Associate (FRA) will conduct research and oversee, maintain, and develop instrumentation, hardware, and firmware under the Principal Investigator’s (PI’s) guidance. Funding is through a cooperative agreement with the US Geological Survey which is currently in the first year of a three-to-four-year funding period. Continuation of the position beyond an initial one-year period is contingent on satisfactory progress and on receipt of annual external funding increments. Additional support may emerge as other projects are funded.
Since 2006 Dr Schultz, Director of the NGF has been the principal scientist in charge of the systematic mapping of the 3-D geoelectrical structure of the crust and upper mantle beneath the United States. Initially under National Science Foundation Earthscope Program support, and during 2019-2020 also with support from NASA, the NGF is presently completing the mapping of the US through a project funded under a cooperative agreement with the USGS. The crust and upper mantle beneath more than 2/3 of the conterminous US and portions of the interior of Alaska have been imaged by the NGF and its contractors using the magnetotelluric method – a technique where the natural variations in the electric and magnetic fields at the Earth's surface are measured, typically for weeks to months, at a series of grid points after which the instrumentation is relocation to the next set of grid points. We are currently operating field crews in Southern California and the Southwest US with the goal of completing a continuous grid of stations installed approximately 70-km apart. These data are used to image the geoelectrical structure of the crust and upper mantle, which provides key information about the geological history, the location of natural resources and the presence of geohazards. Most importantly, these data are also essential to protecting the electric power grid from the effects of space weather and electromagnetic pulse hazards.
This FRA will oversee and maintain our pool of geoelectrical imaging field instrumentation, assist with development of new instrumentation and data telemetry capabilities, and work with the lab manager in hardware, software/firmware maintenance and development projects. In the course of their duties they will carry out research in collaboration with the project Principal Investigator, drawing conclusions from that research. The FRA will present results at meetings and conferences and it is anticipated that they will contribute content to, and will work with the PI as a co-author on peer-reviewed publications resulting from the research project. The position may participate in field experiments (to a limited extent) where the equipment is deployed, although the primary responsibilities are support in the lab rather than in the field.
OSU is the leading comprehensive research institution in Oregon, with more than 30,000 students, an annual budget of more than $1.1B, and research grants and contract exceeding $440M. The NGF is located in Corvallis, within OSU’s College of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences, an internationally recognized as a leader in the study of the Earth as an integrated system with cutting edge laboratories and computing facilities, a budget of more than $50 million, 140 faculty, 220 graduate and 700 undergraduate students.
Requires Bachelor’s degree in discipline appropriate to the field in which research is being conducted.
Bachelor's degree in electrical engineering or related discipline.
Demonstrated proficiency in electrical/electronic circuit design for AC/DC, digital and analog.
Proficiency in written and spoken English.
Demonstrated skills in computer source code development in high level computer languages, algorithm development.
Familiarity with electromagnetic principles.
This position is designated as a critical or security-sensitive position; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a criminal history check and be determined to be position qualified as per OSU Standard 576-055-0000 et seq. Incumbents are required to self-report convictions and those in youth programs may have additional criminal history checks every 24 months.
This position requires driving a university vehicle or a personal vehicle on behalf of the university; therefore, the incumbent must successfully complete a motor vehicle history check, possess and maintain a current, valid driver’s license in their state of residence, be determined to be position qualified and self-report convictions as per University Policy 05-030.
Approximately 10% of work involves handling geoelectromagnetic instrumentation, batteries, and electrodes in the NGF laboratories, with some fieldwork anticipated. Field work requires the ability to occasionally lift/pull/push weights over up to 50 pounds, drive four-wheel drive vehicles, and dig shallow holes for emplacing electrodes in the ground. When preparing electrodes for use, protective gloves are used. Personal protective gear is used when carrying out fieldwork. An adaptable schedule is required during fieldwork, which may require work on weekends, evenings, and/or early mornings as determined by operational requirements.
Additional Salary Information: Salary is commensurate with training, education, and experience.
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