University of Utah Seismic Network Engineer in Salt Lake City, Utah


Open Date 03/28/2018

Requisition Number PRN16736B

Job Title Seismograph Technician

Working Title Seismic Network Engineer

Job Grade E

FLSA Code Administrative

Patient Sensitive Job Code? No

Standard Hours per Week 40

Full Time or Part Time? Full Time

Shift Day

Work Schedule Summary

VP Area Academic Affairs

Department 00107 - Seismograph Stations

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range 40,000 to 60,000

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Job Summary

The University of Utah Seismograph Stations is seeking applicants to fill the position of Seismic Network Engineer who will work with other professional staff to install, operate, repair, and maintain 230 stations forming part of the University of Utah’s regional seismic network. Stations consist of seismic sensors, analog and digital data acquisition systems, and associated telemetry equipment and are sited both in the urban built environment and in remote field locations throughout Utah and in parts of neighboring states, and Yellowstone National Park. The Seismic Network Engineer is involved in the installation of new seismograph stations and maintains a detailed record of station visits and a written repair history for specified equipment items.

For new installations, the Seismic Network Engineer will perform site construction work and install delicate instrumentation; selecting sites and/or interacting with property owners may be required. Job requires frequent day trips and occasional overnight travel to field installations. Some of the travel may be extensive, from days to weeks. Additional duties may be assigned relating to the installation and/or maintenance and operation of other types of seismic monitoring instrumentation. In the event of an earthquake aftershock response, the successful applicant must be prepared, on short notice, to rapidly deploy portable seismic recording equipment, potentially requiring travel for three or more days.


Shared responsibility for the operation, repair, and maintenance of an extensive seismic network of approximately 230 sites. Field sites are both in the urban built environment and in remote locations. Maintenance includes both analog and digital data acquisition systems and associated telemetry. For new installations: selects sites, interacts with property owners, purchases equipment, performs site construction work, and installs delicate instrumentation. May supervise one or more individuals assisting in the station installation process. Works frequently with IT specialists to establish data communication links through off-site firewalls and works with telecommunications engineers to establish end-to-end system throughput. Maintains a detailed database of station parameters and repair histories. Interacts with original equipment manufacturers and software engineers to ensure data collection integrity. Job requires frequent day trips and occasional overnight travel to field installations. Some of the travel may be extensive. Additional duties may be assigned related to the installation, maintenance, and operation of other types of seismic network instrumentation, including portable seismographs as part of post-earthquake deployments.

Minimum Qualifications

Associate degree in Electronics or equivalency; two years of work experience in electronics required; and a valid Utah Driver’s License required. Demonstrated communications skills; and a commitment to providing excellent customer service also required. Previous fabrication experience and basic understanding of voltage-controlled oscillator, solid-state amplifiers andVHFradio links preferred.

Applicants must demonstrate the potential ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined in the position description.


Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in computer science, engineering, or related field. Experience with at least some of the following data communications hardware: cellular modems, routers, switches, firewalls, and terminal servers. Experience with diverse data transmission media (e.g., T-1, ethernet,DSLand serial circuits). Experience with analog telemetry systems preferred (narrowband FM radio, VCOs, discriminators and digitizers). Experience with seismic monitoring equipment preferred (Reftek, Kinemetrics, Geotech, etc.)

Experience with Windows and withUNIXor Linux (experience with Python and C-programming helpful). Valid Utah driver’s license and proof of insurability. Demonstrated project management and interpersonal communication skills. Diversity of electronic and mechanical skills desirable. Applicant must be self-motivated and capable of problem-solving both individually (unsupervised) and as a team member. Must be capable of performing field work requiring extensive travel, often under inclement conditions, and capable of strenuous physical labor (e.g., able to lift and carry batteries, equipment, and site construction materials commonly weighing 50 lb or more).

Type Benefited Staff

Special Instructions Summary

Additional Information

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and is committed to diversity in its workforce. In compliance with applicable federal and state laws, University of Utah policy of equal employment opportunity prohibits discrimination on the basis of race or ethnicity, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, veteran’s status, status as a qualified person with a disability, or genetic information. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities, and protected veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law.

To inquire about this posting, email: or call 801-581-2300. Reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to qualified individuals with disabilities. To request an accommodation or for further information about University AA/EO policies, please contact the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 201 S. Presidents Cr., Rm 135, (801) 581-8365 (V/ TDD ), email: .

The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). To be eligible for retirement contributions, you must be hired into a benefit-eligible position. Certain new hires are automatically assigned to the URS retirement plan and other employees with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in the URS within 30 days of hire. Regardless of whether they are hired into a benefit-eligible position or not, individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS must notify the Benefits Department upon hire. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801)366-7770 or (800)695-4877 or the University’s Benefits Department at (801)581-7447 for information.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen.