Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies
School of Cosmic Physics

Seismic Network Analyst Technical Officer

Job Ref: 2018geo_011


The Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies (DIAS) is a government funded academic research institution. It runs Seismic Networks in Ireland and abroad. The Analyst Technical Officer will be tasked with undertaking the overall routine daily functions of the Irish National Seismic Network (www.insn.ie), which is run in collaboration with Geological Survey Ireland. This work will be guided by the DIAS Director of Observational Seismology and further supported by several technicians and analysts already employed within DIAS Geophysics. Day to day duties will include the manual checking of automatic events, felt reports, station health and data gaps. The INSN operates the real-time software SeisComp3 to automatically detect, locate and report seismic events. Maintaining several SeisComp3 installations will therefore be a core task of the position. Linux administration and computer networking skills will be required as will the development of in-house scripts for the other INSN analysts. A proactive approach to incorporating new methodologies for event discrimination and translating new scientific methodologies for operational use will be important. Experience with broadband seismic field installations and willingness to travel for field work will be advantageous.


  • Configure and support the operations of the INSN earthquake analysis system (SeisComP3);
  • Configuration and maintenance of the INSN earthquake analysis system, ie. seismic real-time data acquisition and processing software [Seiscomp3] & train end-users in Seiscomp3 applications
  • Operation and tuning of earthquake detection and location software [Seiscomp3] updating SC3 versions, keep inventories updated
  • Undertaking scientific & operational research to extend the capability of the INSN
  • Maintains & coordinates the design, use, & maintenance of sophisticated seismic detection hardware & software & coordinates the design with other research professionals
  • Seismic data quality control [PQLX, obspy]
  • Maintenance of seismic databases, backloading gaps in real-time data streams [SDS] responsible for management & storage of seismic data
  • Daily checking of automatic events and manual confirmation/picking
  • Pick teleseism phases and submit to ISC
  • Working with seismic metadata [dataless, stationXML]
  • Editing INSN homepage for event postings
  • Improve database of legacy data
  • Following up on public reports of felt events
  • Willingness to communicate with stakeholders & join fieldwork
  • Advises citizens, media contacts, industries & government agencies regarding location, strength & cause of earthquakes;



  • B.Sc. or at least equivalent in Physical/Mathematical/Geophysical sciences
  • Minimum three years experience in a real-time seismic processing/analysis environment using distributed seismic networks


  • Advanced understanding of seismology
  • Strong programming and mathematical skills
  • Experience with SeisComp3 or a similar real-time system used in seismic observatories
  • Programming and shell scripting in Linux
  • Computer network communications
  • Report writing

The position is for a period of 5 years at which point additional funding will be sought (6 month probation period applies)

Starting salary will be in line with Government pay policy: New Entrant Salary Scale ranges from 37,653 to 49,972 (7 points)

Please submit application including CV and the names of two referees to: geo_recruitment@dias.ie

Quote reference number: 2018geo_011

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

DIAS is an equal opportunity employer.

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