University of Wisconsin - Madison

Position Vacancy Listing

PVL # 236618

Position Summary:
To understand our world and the universe, the IDP group within the SSEC develops, deploys and supports drilling systems and instrumentation in support of the national scientific community's research across the world in polar and glacial regions. IDP's history of supporting and developing a diverse set of ice drilling and coring systems, rock drills, and associated support equipment ranges from small hand-held drills to ice drill systems that drill through the icecaps to retrieve rock cores. The challenge of operating drills and systems, in these environments, requires a broad set of disciplines and skills from the team of people involved. This dynamic environment requires us to learn about new scientific advances, systems and technologies on a regular basis. This position requires periodic travel to Antarctica, Greenland and other polar regions.

The candidate will work closely with multidisciplinary teams of scientists, engineers and technicians to develop state-of-the art unique ice coring and drilling systems for use in the polar regions. The candidate will support the development of engineering requirements; system design; component procurement; part fabrication; and system assembly, test and operational use. This includes defining and conducting trade studies and leading the development of electrical, electro-mechanical and thermal subsystems. Responsibilities may include leading test program activities, procedure development, definition and development of unique test hardware, analysis of test data, and producing test reports. This position will support the maintenance, problem resolution, and upgrade activities for legacy ice drilling systems and will maintain communications with internal and external partners.

Principal duties:
Typical Responsibilities
- Conceptualization, specification, design, construction, integration, operation, testing, calibration, documentation, and improvement of drilling systems used primarily in polar research.
- Provides expertise and experience in areas such as electronics, mechanical/thermal systems, and computers. Uses computer aided design for modeling, analysis of design, and fabrication efforts.
- Identifies problems, issues, needs, and provides solution options in support of decision-making.
- Supports research and development of new processes, techniques, and approaches for use in advanced drilling systems.
- Helps prepare reports of design status and/or technical research for professional organizations, government/sponsors review boards, and design reviews.
- Supports efforts to coordinate project activities.

Additional Responsibilities
- Selected candidate will be required to periodically deploy to remote camps in the polar regions for 1-3 month periods to provide technical support and field operation of equipment.

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