Thread: Field Manager, Berkeley Seismological Lab (6239U) 22018

Started: 2016-09-06 21:30:39
Last activity: 2016-09-06 21:30:39
Human Resources
2016-09-06 21:30:39
Institution: University of California, Berkeley
Open Until: 2016-09-30

Field Manager, Berkeley Seismological Lab (6239U) 22018

Other California Location

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Standing nearly on top of the Hayward Fault, the Berkeley Seismological Laboratory (BSL) provides robust hazard information while engaging in essential geophysical research. Throughout the BSL's long history of innovation (described below), beginning with the 1897 installation of the first seismograph in the western hemisphere, our commitment to probing the Earth's deepest secrets has remained unchanged.Mission of the BSL Fundamental research: Support fundamental research into all aspects of earthquakes, solid earth processes, and their effects on society through the collection, archival, and delivery of high quality geophysical data and through fostering a dynamic research environment that connects researchers across disciplines and to geophysical observations systems.Hazard information: Provide robust and reliable real-time data and information on Northern California earthquakes to government, public, and private institutions, and to the public, in partnership with the US Geological Survey, CalEMA and other collaborating institutions.Broad education: Enable the broad consumption of earthquake information and solid earth science through education and outreach to all sectors of society. Educate and train students at all levels through classes and research opportunities.Professional operation: Create a productive professional working environment to enable the efficient and robust operation and management of the geophysical facilities and the career development of the staff and students.

BSL currently operates more than 70 off campus, unmanned geophysical observatories throughout central and northern California and one observatory in southern Oregon. Over the coming years, we will be adding between 100 and 200 more of these observatories. The addition of new stations and continued operation of both the existing and new stations will require a full time manager with expertise and capabilities in all aspects of the required preparation, contracting and field work, as well as the ability to provide training to staff. There are three main aspects of work done by the BSL technical staff: (1) location, permitting, planning, installation, operation, maintenance and troubleshooting of the infrastructure, sensors, and data acquisition systems at remote sites; (2) continuous, near real-time telemetry of data from the remote sites to the Berkeley campus, and (3) data qualification and quality control including instrumentation setup and initial verification of frequency and phase response. The incumbent would manage tasks under (1) and strongly contribute expertise to (2) and (3). Under the oversight of the BSL's operation manager and in coordination with other BSL technical staff, the Field Researcher would contact perspective and current landowners of the properties upon which the instruments are installed to arrange land use and site access. In this manner, the Researcher represents the entire University of California, the Berkeley Seismological Laboratory, and his/herself. S/he will provide and evaluate equipment specifications; design station infrastructure configurations; oversee and manage contracted construction of sites and the installation of infrastructure; coordinate, oversee; install and troubleshoot field equipment; and contribute to telemetry design and monitoring, and to evaluation of data quality. S/he will have experience to train field engineers to handle and troubleshoot the seismic, geodetic, power and telemetry equipment installed at the sites. The incumbent will participate in and direct work to ensure that the BSL's geophysical stations, data, and products meet performance standards. The incumbent will supervise the field engineers who are responsible for the operation, maintenance, and installation of sensors, dataloggers and communications infrastructure that provide real-time data for earthquake monitoring and the production of earthquake products. The incumbent will manage schedules, direct network field operations, troubleshoot station and telemetry issues, assist with metadata tracking and verification, assist with ensuring station data makes it into the real-time data collection and processing system (AQMS), and assist with station quality metrics. The work requires coordination with partner organizations in the California Integrated Seismic Network (USGS Menlo Park, Pasadena and Caltech), and at the national level via the Advanced National Seismic System.There is no direct evaluation or oversight of the off campus work or installations by researcher, professor, or academic investigator. Evaluation of off-campus work is only indirectly possible by evaluation of resultant data. Due to the remote nature of the seismic installations, data from the off-campus sites is telemetered to Berkeley and distributed from the Berkeley Data Center via the world wide web to researchers and institutions world-wide. The efforts of staff researchers in Berkeley and world-wide are highly dependent on the data from the off campus sites and therefore on the BSL's engineering team.

Required Qualifications
• At least 5 years of experience/training in use and troubleshooting of geophysical instrumentation, including digitizers, seismometers, geophones, accelerometers, borehole seismometers and geodetic receivers.
• Experience in designing, constructing and managing the construction of geophysical stations, including borehole deployments.
• Thorough understanding of a broad array of technical areas including signal processing, seismology, geodesy, characteristics of a variety of geophysical instrumentation, and telecommunications.
• Knowledge of the principles of operation of modern seismic and geodetic networks, including sensors, dataloggers, telemetry, data processing techniques and the metadata used to describe them.
• Knowledge of current and emerging seismic and geodetic instrumentation including sensors and data loggers including knowledge of the theory of analog and digital signal amplification, filtering, and signal processing to provide high fidelity seismic and geodetic signals.
• Knowledge of geology and geophysics sufficient to make judgments about the suitability of GPS and seismic station sites.Education/Training:
• Bachelor's degree in geophysics, physics, or mechanical engineering.

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First Review Date: The First Review Date for this job is: 8/19/2016

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