[unav_all] IRIS is recruiting for four (4) EarthScope Transportable Array positions

Jackie Gonzales jackie at passcal.nmt.edu
Thu May 24 09:18:04 MDT 2007

The Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS), www.iris.edu, is a consortium of universities that obtains and manages instrumentation systems for use by the academic community to advance Earth science.  IRIS is managing the USArray component of the EarthScope Project (www.EarthScope.org) and is responsible for acquiring and installing seismometers across the U.S. as a 400 element seismic array that migrates eastward to over 1600 sites. 


IRIS is recruiting for four (4) EarthScope Transportable Array positions.


Transportable Array Chief of Operations is a new management position supporting the Transportable Array Manager and USArray within IRIS.  Key responsibilities include: oversight of station location and release process,  management of construction installation, and operation of the 400 station Transportable Array (TA) portion of EarthScope.  Additional responsibilities include: procurement and management of permitting, construction and installation and related service contracts; planning timelines for implementation in each geographic area; oversight of station field operations to ensure safety, scheduling and budget goals; preparation of project reports; oversight of data collection and coordination with the IRIS Data Management System; coordination and interaction with other EarthScope programs and regional seismic networks. A key requirement of the position is travel about 50% of the time away from a home office.  


Chief of Operations requirements include:  

  a.. masters degree in geophysics or other technical area such as engineering or mathematics, 
  b.. demonstrated experience managing field work and seismic stations or seismic networks as well as 
  c.. excellent verbal and written communication skills.  
  d.. Thorough knowledge of satellite and radio data transmission systems or IP based data transport, is desired.

Reconnaissance Specialist- will survey for and evaluate potential seismic station locations and perform onsite reconnaissance for suitability based on technical criteria and the likelihood of a permit. 


The ideal candidate will have: knowledge of station siting criteria to choose suitable locations; ability to learn technical aspects of the station equipment; familiarity with GIS software and suitability analysis. Will also possess excellent communication skills to initiate contact with the public to explain project and develop the interest of land owners in contributing to the project by providing a site location. Ability to collect digital photos, GPS coordinates and route information for potential sites and organize information into standard reporting forms. 


The Station Specialist- will serve as the IRIS liaison with land owners or land managers on which Transportable Array stations are installed. The key responsibility is as field engineer for servicing stations; determining technical malfunctions affecting remedies onsite, and reporting activities to network operations.


The ideal candidate will have excellent communication skills to explain the need for the Transportable Array, discuss the goals of EarthScope, and explain earthquake science to various publics, including landowners. Must also be able to learn and understand the equipment

associated with the Transportable Array, 


Both Specialist positions require:

  a.. B.S. in seismology, geology or other physical sciences, or related professional experience.
  b.. Experience in fieldwork.
  c.. Determined, self-motivated, logical, and energetic individual with a keen interest in seismology and learning.
  d.. Strong interpersonal and communication skills.
  e.. Computer skills, including: Word, Excel, digital photos, and PowerPoint.
  f.. Valid driver's license and an excellent driving record.

Specialists positions will be expected to travel from site to site regularly. It is anticipated that work in a specific geographic location will take approximately 2 years and initially be focused in Western US-moving eastward about one state per year.



To Apply:

For full consideration, email submission is preferred, submit a letter of interest, resume, desired salary, and names of two references by June 15, 2007 to hr at iris.edu or fax Attn: Human Resources to 202-682-2444.


Funding for IRIS is provided by the National Science Foundation.  IRIS is an equal opportunity employer.  IRIS offers competitive salaries and an outstanding benefits package. 


 www.iris.edu      www.earthscope.org    


A fourth position, Station Coordinator, is sought at a supporting facility in Socorro NM.


IRIS PASSCAL at New Mexico Tech invites applications for Engineer Senior/Field Operations for EarthScope Transportable Array.  The position is with the Transportable Array Coordinating Office at the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (NMT) in Socorro, New Mexico, and integrated with the IRIS PASSCAL Instrument Center (www.passcal.nmt.edu).


Core responsibility is oversee Construction operations and to coordinate materials delivery , verify technical details of each planned installation,  coordinate with Test Engineer on development and testing of new equipment  and to ensure Transportable Array schedules are met.  


The Station Coordinator Position requirements are:

  a.. A B.S. in Science or Engineering or 10 years of directly applicable experience is required.
  b.. Project scheduling and demonstrated group management abilities are required.   
  c.. The ability to work productively and collegially in team situations under demanding laboratory and field conditions is required. 
  d.. Experience with seismological instrumentation and field deployments are desirable.

To Apply: 

Applicants should submit a resume, official college transcripts, a letter of professional interests, and the names and addresses, email addresses, and phone numbers of three references to: Engineer Senior/Field Operations Staff Search, c/o Human Resources, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, 801 Leroy Place, Wells Hall Box 49, Socorro, New Mexico 87801-4796.  The position will remain open until filled.



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