Thread: Research Coordinator; Research Scientist; Research Engineer (3 positions)

Started: 2016-07-26 21:05:44
Last activity: 2016-07-26 21:05:44
Institution: University of Washington, Seattle
Open Until: 2016-08-15

The Pacific Northwest Seismic Network (PNSN) at the University of Washington in Seattle has three immediate openings on our team implementing earthquake early warning in Cascadia.

UW requisition #135040: ShakeAlert Research Coordinator
The position will coordinate the field activities of the Pacific Northwest Seismic Network (PNSN) at UW associated with implementing the ShakeAlert Earthquake Early Warning (EEW) system in Cascadia. Duties include coordinating PNSN staff efforts to upgrade existing seismic stations and the design, siting, permitting, and construction of new seismic sites and data telemetry sites to EEW requirements. Other duties include organizing information about the EEW component of the PNSN into a database for all PNSN team member to access, preparing reports and proposals to the sponsoring agencies. and tracking the progress and performance of contractors working on the ShakeAlert system development. The coordinator will also communicate the goals and status of the ShakeAlert EEW system in Cascadia to the press and public. The position requires interfacing with related projects at the University of Oregon, UC Berkeley, CalTech, and the US Geological Survey. The minimum qualification to apply for this position is a Master's degree or equivalent in Seismology, Geodesy, or a related field and at least 2 years of related work experience.

UW requisition #135041: ShakeAlert AQMS Operator
The AQMS operator is a research scientist who will ensure that our regional network data are available with high and low latency to ShakeAlert while also ensuring that our other network products continue to be of highest quality. The position is responsible for operating real -time data acquisition and analysis systems to detect and characterize large earthquake ruptures in progress based on seismic and GPS observations, for the purpose of delivering early warnings of imminent strong ground shaking. Core duties include configuring the AQMS seismic data acquisition system. maintaining the station and seismic metadata necessary to its operation, monitoring the data quality and performance of the network and its data products. The position will interact strongly and coordinate with other PNSN developers and engineering staff. as well as colleagues at CalTech, Berkeley and the USGS. This position includes opportunities for fieldwork across Cascadia as part of the larger PNSN network organization. The minimum qualification to apply for this position is a Master's degree in Seismology or a closely related geophysical field plus two years of relevant experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

UW requisition #135042: ShakeAlert Instrumentation Specialist
We also seek a research scientist or engineer to troubleshoot, repair, construct, install, test and maintain seismic instruments and data telemetry systems. Data from more than 300 sites in Washington and Oregon are collected at the University of Washington via real-time telemetry and are used to monitor earthquake activity. This position works with our engineering staff to design, maintenance and upgrading of PNSN’s digital seismographs and related telemetry. We value the capacity to work with a minimum of direct supervision and independently but in a highly coordinated fashion within a collegial team, both in the lab and the field. The position involves coordinating with scientific colleagues throughout the US to define and employ best practice, and to communicate PNSN innovations. Work sites will range from our electronics shop at the University to off campus locations in Washington and Oregon. Although most work will be in the Puget Sound region, some overnight travel may be necessary. The minimum qualification to apply for this position is a Bachelor's Degree in engineering or geophysics, and at least two years’ experience as an electronics technician or the equivalent combination of education and experience.

For more information, and/or to apply find us on the web at: and search on the UW requisition number, or search on “ShakeAlert” in the title. Contact Paul Bodin (bodin<at> or John Vidale (vidale<at> ) with questions.

The University of Washington is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer.

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