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Field Engineer

The Pacific Northwest Seismograph Network (PNSN), in the Department of Earth and Space Sciences at the University of Washington, has an outstanding opportunity for a PNSN Field Engineer to assist in the design, siting, construction, installation, and testing of 54 seismic stations for our ShakeAlert Earthquake Early Warning infrastructure buildout project. The project is anticipated to be completed by the end of  summer in 2020. This position is contingent on funding through August 2020, and continuation of this position beyond that point is contingent upon funding. Most of the individual site development will be carried out by contractors. The PNSN operates seismographs at more than 300 sites in Washington and Oregon. Data from these instruments are collected at the University of Washington via real-time telemetry and are used to monitor earthquake activity. 

The staff of the PNSN consists of seismologists, data analysts, field technicians and computer support personnel. This position oversees, under supervision of PNSN management, and in close coordination with landowner/station hosts, data telemetry providers, and construction and installation contractors, the design and installation of 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. Some overnight travel may be necessary. 

Responsibilities: 

Under supervision of Research Scientist or Engineer, and Seismologist: 
•Analyze seismic sites for design/deployment needs. 
•Monitor work by contractors at sites to ensure compliance with project requirements. 
•Design and implement testing and acceptance procedures. 
•Diagnose problems, repair and calibrate seismometers, digital data acquisition systems, digital radios, and cell modems. 
•Build and/or repair interconnecting cables, connectors and enclosures. 
•Build and assemble masts, wiring and mounting hardware for antennas and solar panels. 
•Build and repair electronic interface devices such as summing amps, power regulators, noise filters from design documents. 
•Maintain accurate records of remote field site maintenance visits, instrument condition and inventory via written and computer entry system. 
•Repair and calibrate or send for factory repair specialized lab test equipment. 

To learn more about this position, go to the job posting at UW Human Resources.


 

Program Operations Specialist - 1

The Pacific Northwest Seismograph Network (PNSN), in the Department of Earth and Space Sciences at the University of Washington, has an outstanding opportunity for a Program Operations Specialist to coordinate the establishment of 50 new strong motion accelerograph sites and 15 new accelerograph & broadband seismometer sites in Cascadia for the ShakeAlert Earthquake Early Warning system. The position will be integral to the siting, permitting, and coordination of installation of the seismic stations. 

The project is anticipated to be completed by the end of summer in 2020. This position is contingent upon funding through August 2020, and continuation beyond that point is contingent upon funding. The ShakeAlert Earthquake Early Warning project is a multi-million dollar effort that is collaborative with the US Geological Survey and several universities in California and Oregon.  The new stations will augment the more than 300 sites in Washington and Oregon currently operated by PNSN. Data from these instruments are collected at the University of Washington via real-time telemetry and are used to monitor earthquake activity. The new stations will become a cornerstone of the nation's Earthquake Early Warning system. The staff of the PNSN consists of seismologists, data analysts, field technicians and computer support personnel. 

Duties: 

The position works in close coordination with permanent PNSN staff to: contact landowners where PNSN would like to install stations, negotiate and obtain land use permits, and coordinate with external construction and installation contractors to plan and schedule station build schedules. This position oversees and documents, under supervision of PNSN management, the determination of seismic station locations, maintains communication with and among site landowners or managers and the technical teams (engineers, construction crews, installation crews), and monitors the terms of site occupation and schedules of site deployment. 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 office and the field. The position also 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 seismology lab at the University to off-campus locations in Washington and Oregon. Some overnight travel may be necessary. 

Under supervision of PNSN managers and in coordination with PNSN staff: 
•Investigate potential target sites for seismic station occupation (most potential sites have been pre-identified, but alternatives will be needed for some should negotiations falter). 
•Contact landowners and/or property managers at sites desirable for seismic station occupation. Explain the project goals and needs and seek permission to use the site. 
•Communicate with contractors responsible for permitting, construction, installation, and with PNSN project staff, to schedule the site development. 
•Monitor and document progress and status of stations. Report to PNSN ShakeAlert project managers. 

To learn more about this position, go to the job posting at UW Human Resources.


 

Program Operations Specialist - 2

The Pacific Northwest Seismograph Network (PNSN), in the Department of Earth and Space Sciences at the University of Washington, has an outstanding opportunity for a Program Operations Specialist to coordinate the establishment of 50 new strong motion accelerograph sites and 15 new accelerograph & broadband seismometer sites in Cascadia for the ShakeAlert Earthquake Early Warning system. 

This position will be integral to the siting, permitting, and coordination of installation of the seismic stations. The project is anticipated to be completed by the end of summer in 2020. This position is contingent upon funding through August 2020, and continuation beyond that point is contingent upon funding. The ShakeAlert Earthquake Early Warning project is a multi-million dollar effort that is collaborative with the US Geological Survey and several universities in California and Oregon.  The new stations will augment the more than 300 sites in Washington and Oregon currently operated by PNSN. Data from these instruments are collected at the University of Washington via real-time telemetry and are used to monitor earthquake activity. The new stations will become a cornerstone of the nation's Earthquake Early Warning system. The staff of the PNSN consists of seismologists, data analysts, field technicians and computer support personnel. 

Duties: 

The position works in close coordination with permanent PNSN staff to: contact landowners where PNSN would like to install stations, negotiate and obtain land use permits, and coordinate with external construction and installation contractors to plan and schedule station build schedules. This position oversees and documents, under supervision of PNSN management, the determination of seismic station locations, maintains communication with and among site landowners or managers and the technical teams (engineers, construction crews, installation crews), and monitors the terms of site occupation and schedules of site deployment. 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 office and the field. The position also 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 seismology lab at the University to off-campus locations in Washington and Oregon. Some overnight travel may be necessary. 

Under supervision of PNSN managers and in coordination with PNSN staff: 
•Investigate potential target sites for seismic station occupation (most potential sites have been pre-identified, but alternatives will be needed for some should negotiations falter). 
•Contact landowners and/or property managers at sites desirable for seismic station occupation. Explain the project goals and needs and seek permission to use the site. 
•Communicate with contractors responsible for permitting, construction, installation, and with PNSN project staff, to schedule the site development. 
•Monitor and document progress and status of stations. Report to PNSN ShakeAlert project managers. 

To learn more about this position, go to the job posting at UW Human Resources.