Support Engineer Needed

Deployable Broadband Mobile Communications Field Exercise

Short-term Position at Simon Fraser University for providing Field Engineering Support Services for Misson-Critical Broadband Mobile Communications Field Exercise


The Simon Fraser University PolyLAB (see in Vancouver, a unit of the Telematics Research Laboratory, is expecting to hire personnel to support an exciting Mission-Critical Broadband Mobile Networking field exercise in the Canadian subarctic.

There is an urgent and immediate expected requirement is to hire at least one field support assistant who can support SFU’s R&D in the Yukon, in an approximately 8- to 12-day field deployment in late August and early September, 2016, part of which may involve camping, and will certainly involve support operations in camped and field environments. Please see position details below and note security requirements.

Position Details

User Field Support Assistant

A User Field Support Assistant will be required on an approximately 8- to 12-day contract for field deployment in SFU’s supported activities in the southern region of the Yukon territories. The primary tasks of this Assistant will be to help users of the SFU computing and communications environment in a field environment, providing set-up help and debugging support in network connectivity, field user support and system configuration and hardware debugging. The Assistant will support experimental mobile (cellular LTE) network infrastructure, aid in maintenance of the advanced wireless networking systems in place, and support users, including emergency management and military personnel, in field demonstrations.


Useful skills include the following:

  • Networking Management, debugging and installation on Windows, Android, Linux and Mac OS platforms, including use of Android platform tools for software installation and system monitoring
  • Experience with GPS and GIS systems
  • Professional-grade user-based systems and network management skills (such as MCSE, CCNA or equivalent)
  • Experience constructing and repairing RF and networking cabling
  • Understanding of RF propagation physics
  • Understanding of telecommunication core networks/next-generation mobile networking.

Required skills include the following:

  • Ability to drive large vehicles
  • Computer hardware maintenance and debugging
  • UHF and VHF Radio Operation
  • Comfort in northern fieldwork environments, including camping in an area in which there are wildlife risks such as bears, and exposure to mountainous terrain

An assistant must not have any past history (such as a criminal record in any country) that will cause difficulties with them passing a Canadian Government ENHANCED RELIABILITY check, which may be required for these activities. Priority will be given to Canadian citizens and Permanent Residents.

Project Background

The technology to be tested will be derived from an earlier project, The Field Operational Test Facility for Next-Generation Interoperable Mission-Critical Communications Project, which addressed the need for a detailed in-field testing capability to validate the systems required to meet the operational requirements of deployed next-generation mobile Public Safety Broadband Networking (PSBN) systems for emergency responders, especially in rural and remote regions. The project established Canada’s first national in-field PSBN wireless testing and validation capability, specifically focusing on deployable systems to support disaster response situations where conventional communication infrastructure is damaged or non-existent. The field-based PSBN facility can test different techniques related to emerging broadband systems and contribute to the development of new protocols and strategies to overcome connectivity and interoperability problems. The resulting test-bed infrastructure will be deployed in a prominent emergency response activity.

The original project has an online blog at and fieldwork may be reported there.

Application Process

Potential applicants should immediately e-mail a detailed resume to Dr. Stephen Braham, at, with the following details:

  • Background history and match to requested skill set, include past jobs, formal and informal training, projects, and activities
  • Discussion of ability to confirm to security requirements, and willingness to permit a security background check to be performed
  • Availability for rapid hiring, and deployment to the field in the period of approximately 21st August to 2nd September 2016.
  • List of (3) contacts for References

Question may also be sent to Dr. Braham at the same e-mail address.

NOTE: Position provisional on project being approved.