Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies
School of Cosmic Physics

Director of Observational Seismic Networks

Job Ref: 2018geo_012


The Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies (DIAS) is a government funded academic research institution. As part of its work it designs commissions and operates Observational Seismic Networks including the Irish National Seismic Network (www.insn.ie), which is operated in collaboration with the Geological Survey, Ireland. DIAS also has passive Seismic Networks at various locations across the world, some in remote/extreme environments. In addition it recently acquired an Ocean Floor network (www.imarl.ie) that will be deployed in the NE Atlantic. Future deployments of that system will likely be Global. We are seeking a highly motivated individual to fill the role of Director of Observational Seismic Networks. Working closely with the Head of the Geophysics and leading a small specialised seismic networks team of technical staff at DIAS, the successful candidate will have overall responsibility for all aspects of DIAS seismic systems including project scoping, project/network design, seismic network commissioning & operation, data management, data access policy & implementation and stakeholder engagement. The individual will be our primary internationally outward-facing contact in all matters related to Observational Seismic Networks and the development & maintenance of DIAS-operate observational networks abroad. S/he will lead the development and further deepen of our international partnerships in this area. The initial primary task associated with this position is to oversee all aspects of a doubling in size of the Irish National Seismic Network. Stakeholder engagement will form an important part of this role.



  • PhD in Earth Science or related discipline
  • Minimum of 8 years experience in the design, commissioning and operation of campaign-based passive Observational Seismic Networks in a variety of challenging geographical environments
  • Experience in the development of Fixed Observational Seismic networks for the detection of both local and global seismicity
  • Experience in all aspects of real-time data acquisition, data transmission and data QC
  • Extensive hands-on experience in seismic and metadata management including internationally recognised data management protocols
  • Strong computing, programing and scripting skills - and a working knowledge of IT.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage budgets
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team environment
  • Leadership experience at the field/technical level
  • Demonstrated activity in outreach/teaching
  • Must demonstrate some level of research activity, though peer review publications & reports
  • Demonstrated desire to work closely with international partners on technically challenging projects
  • Desire to represent DIAS on national & international committees and in international fora
  • Demonstrated overall proactive disposition


  • Demonstrated knowledge of challenges associated with passive seismic data acquisition, processing & interpretation in a Marine environment
  • Experience in running large scale equipment tenders
  • Demonstrated desire to engage in Continuous professional development
  • Existing strong collaborative links with international partners
  • Demonstrated ability to attract funding for network infrastructure

This is a permanent and pensionable position.

The salary range attaching to the post is €52,428 to €82,403 (PPC scale, 7 Points). The starting salary will be in line with Government pay policy. (For pre-1995 public sector entrants, the Non-PPC rates will apply).

Please submit application including a CV and names of three referees to: registrarsoffice@admin.dias.ie

Quote reference number: 2018geo_012

Closing time/date for applications is 5.00pm Tuesday 4th September 2018.

DIAS is an equal opportunity employer.

posted: 29 August 2018    Please mention EARTHWORKS when responding to this advertisement.