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PNSN Research Scientist / Engineer 1

University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98104

PNSN Research Scientist / Engineer 1

Req #: 179311
Job Location: Seattle Campus
Posting Date: 05/20/2020 
Closing Info: Closes On   05/27/2020
Salary: Salary is commensurate with education and experience. 
Limited Recruitment: Other
Shift: First Shift 

As a UW employee, you have a unique opportunity to change lives on our campuses, in our state and around the world. UW employees offer their boundless energy, creative problem solving skills and dedication to build stronger minds and a healthier world.

UW faculty and staff also enjoy outstanding benefits, professional growth opportunities and unique resources in an environment noted for diversity, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits and natural beauty. All of which has allowed the UW to be nationally recognized as a Great College to Work For for six consecutive years. 

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 Research Scientist /Engineer 1 to troubleshoot, repair, construct, install, test and maintain seismic instruments and data telemetry systems.  
The Pacific Northwest Seismograph Network (PNSN), in the Department of Earth and Space Sciences at the University of Washington, seeks a research engineer to troubleshoot, repair, construct, install, test and maintain seismic instruments and data telemetry systems for the ShakeAlert Earthquake Early Warning project. Work on this project for this position is expected to run through June 2021, and continuation of this position beyond that point is contingent upon funding and performance.

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.

Under supervision of PNSN management, assists with the design, maintenance and upgrading of PNSNs 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 colleagues at the UW, sponsoring agencies, and at partnering seismic networks, 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.

Under supervision of Research Scientist or Engineer, and Seismologist:
Diagnoses problems, repairs and calibrates seismic data acquisition systems.
Builds and or repairs interconnecting cables, connectors and enclosures.
Builds and assembles masts, wiring and mounting hardware for antennas and solar panels.
Builds and repairs electronic interface devices such as summing amps, power regulators, noise filters from design documents.
Maintains accurate records of remote field site maintenance visits, instrument condition and inventory via written and computer entry system.
Repairs and calibrates or send for factory repair specialized lab test equipment.

As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs.  For detailed information on Benefits for this position, click here.

Bachelors Degree in Geological Sciences and a minimum of 3 months experience OR the equivalent education/experience.
Experience with both analog and digital radio. Should be experienced at operating digital spread-spectrum data telemetry systems, and CDMA telemetry.
Experience operating seismic or related data acquisition systems.
Off-road driving experience.
Excellent communication skills.
Able to pack a 50 lb. (22.5 kg) load at least mile (0.8 km) over rough terrain.
Proven ability to work well both autonomously and in team-oriented group.

Equivalent education/experience will substitute for all minimum qualifications except where there are legal requirements such as license/certification/registration.

Knowledge of and experience with computerized databases.
Experience using computers with Unix/Solaris and Linux operating systems.

Conditions of Employment:

Must be able to operate a state vehicle on a daily basis, which requires a valid drivers license recognized by the State of Washington.

Application Process:
The application process for UW positions may include completion of a variety of online assessments to obtain additional information that will be used in the evaluation process.  These assessments may include Workforce Authorization, Cover Letter and/or others.  Any assessments that you need to complete will appear on your screen as soon as you select Apply to this position. Once you begin an assessment, it must be completed at that time; if you do not complete the assessment you will be prompted to do so the next time you access your My Jobs page. If you select to take it later, it will appear on your "My Jobs" page to take when you are ready. Please note that your application will not be reviewed, and you will not be considered for this position until all required assessments have been completed.

Committed to attracting and retaining a diverse staff, the University of Washington will honor your experiences, perspectives and unique identity. Together, our community strives to create and maintain working and learning environments that are inclusive, equitable and welcoming.

The University of Washington is a leader in environmental stewardship & sustainability, and committed to becoming climate neutral.

The University of Washington is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450 / 206-543-6452 (tty) or dso@uw.edu.


Posted: 2020-05-21 Expires: 2020-06-20

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