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ShakeAlert User Engagement Facilitator

Earth and Space Sciences has an outstanding opportunity for a PNSN ShakeAlert User Engagement Facilitator.  The Pacific Northwest Seismic Network (PNSN) at the University of Washington (UW) is seeking a PNSN ShakeAlert User Engagement Facilitator to help implement the ShakeAlert Earthquake Early Warning (EEW) system in the Pacific Northwest.  EEW will save lives during, and speed recovery after, damaging earthquakes in Washington and Oregon by giving alert receivers from a few seconds to a couple of minutes of warning so they can take protective actions before strong shaking hits them. The ShakeAlert EEW project is a multi-million dollar effort that is collaborative with the US Geological Survey, University of Oregon, UC Berkeley and CalTech.

Under direction of the PNSN director, the Program Operations Specialist will be responsible for establishing and maintaining  relationships with entities that receive and use warnings in Oregon and Washington. They will also help plan and execute projects with the goal of disseminating widespread public alerts. They will implement user engagement and educational outreach projects in coordination with ShakeAlert partner alert providers in Oregon and California. User engagement includes providing educational outreach about EEW to groups with a variety of technical knowledge, exploring how EEW can benefit the user, and coordinating and catalysing the development, implementation, and documentation of pilot EEW projects.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Establish and nurture relationships with technical users of ShakeAlert warnings who seek to automate mitigation actions, with the goal of broadening the user base of ShakeAlert.
  • Facilitate the implementation of automatic actions based on ShakeAlert through understanding the user needs and the technical capabilities and operations of ShakeAlert.
  • Make presentations to both general and technical audiences about ShakeAlert with the goal of expanding the use of EEW alerts and expanding the user base of ShakeAlert.
  • Manage contacts and relationships with private corporations, non-profits, and state, regional, and local governmental agencies.
  • Manage PNSN social media content with respect to ShakeAlert.
  • Coordinate with other ShakeAlert partners along the US West Coast to implement outreach and user engagement projects in a uniform and well-documented fashion.
  • Use project management and communications software tools to manage complex interconnected projects, design and implement workflows, and manage documentation and communication tasks.

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Software Engineer

The Pacific Northwest Seismic Network has an outstanding opportunity for a Software Engineer to support our real-time seismic monitoring projects.

PNSN monitors earthquakes in the states of Washington and Oregon for public safety and scientific research.  We operate about 450 remote seismic stations throughout the region. Data from these remote sites are transmitted to the UW continuously in real time to our processing and alerting center at the UW Seattle. The data are processed through several applications to provide a series of products, including real-time warnings of imminent shaking (called ShakeAlert Earthquake Early Warning), earthquake locations and sizes, distribution of strong shaking, and raw data archived for scientific and engineering studies.  The Software Engineer position is critical for further development and testing of our real-time processing and analysis codes, as well as programs to improve system health monitoring.

The successful applicant will work within a small team of scientists, software engineers, and computer specialists at PNSN and with ShakeAlert developers at partner institutions: CalTech, UC Berkeley, and the USGS. An exciting challenge for the Software Engineer is to work within a real-time and continuous production framework.

Responsibilities:

  • Create and implement software solutions to turn experimental research methods into high-performance, production-ready code.
  • Redesign and refactor existing code to improve efficiency, operability, and performance while maintaining high-quality and reproducible results.
  • Enforce and assure the quality of software products  through the use of continuous integration, automated unit testing, code versioning, and code coverage tools.
  • Help to develop and follow a system of APIs, including RESTful web services and C++ libraries, to enable greater efficiency.
  • Technical writing, to document code for other developers as well as write user documentation.
  • Maintain, update, and monitor operational software.
  • Determine appropriate tools to use, including languages, frameworks, data structures, data stores.

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Field/Shop Student Position

10-20 hours per week with flexible schedule.
Beginning salary of $16 per hour
Email resumes to pnsn@uw.edu

The Pacific Northwest Seismic Network is the seismic network for Washington and Oregon State. Our primary objectives are to monitor regional earthquakes, maintain 400+ seismic stations in the region, and provide quality seismic data.
 
We operate an electronics shop where we make data/power cables, jumpers, seismic station solar power systems, and communications devices. There is a variety of hands on work to be done in the shop and in the field. You will be assisting electronic technicians in developing and maintaining field equipment. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to participate in fieldwork.
 

Desired Skills (We can teach these as needed):

  • Familiarity with your average volt meter and breadboard.
  • Familiarity with soldering and basic electronics.
  • Familiarity with circuit diagrams
  • Familiarity with CAD software and schematics.
  • Basic earth science understanding.
  • Willingness to work outdoors.
  • Experience with educational outreach.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Likes to have fun (we can't teach you this!)

To apply for this position, email your resume to pnsn@uw.edu

Outreach Student Position

10-20 hours per week with flexible schedule.
Beginning salary of $16 per hour
Email resumes to pnsn@uw.edu

The Pacific Northwest Seismic Network is the seismic network for Washington and Oregon State. Our primary objectives are to monitor regional earthquakes, maintain 400+ seismic stations in the region, and provide quality seismic data.
 
You will work with scientists to educate and inform the public about earthquake hazards in the Pacific Northwest. Duties will include; answering earthquake questions from the general public, hosting visiting groups (such as school field trips, visiting scientists, members of the press) in the seismology lab, engaging with the public at local outreach events, and communicating current information about significant earthquakes in Washington and Oregon. This is a great opportunity to communicate important science to a variety of audiences!

Desired Skills (We can teach these as needed):

  • Enthusiasm for science communication and public outreach.
  • Interest in geology, natural hazards, or seismology.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Experience with managing social media accounts.
  • Experience with professional public communication.
  • Familiarity with illustrator and photoshop, or equivalent.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Likes to have fun. We can’t teach you this!

To apply for this position, email your resume to pnsn@uw.edu