Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies
School of Cosmic Physics

Seismic Network Field Technical/Senior Technical Officer

Job Ref: 2018geo_010


The Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies (DIAS) is a government funded academic research institution. It runs Seismic Networks in Ireland and abroad. The Seismic Network Specialist will be responsible for the installation and maintenance of permanent remote field sites from which seismic data stream continuously in real-time via digital telemetry to the seismic observatory at DIAS. Some of these sites may be in a Marine environment and some in remote/extreme environments across the world. Data QC, seismic data management support, seismic data analysis and scientific/report paper publication will form part of the work. The Officer will report to the DIAS Director of Observational Seismology and work alongside several technicians and analysts already employed within DIAS Geophysics.


  • Plan, lead and/or participate in seismic field campaigns that involve the installation/maintenance of new/existing broadband seismic field stations. This includes the installation of seismic sensors, seismic digitizers and power and communications systems. Design and commissioning of seismic bunkers will form part of the work.
  • Plan, lead and/or participate in international seismic field campaigns (involving international partners). These campaigns may be undertaken in harsh/extreme and remote physical environments, across the world.
  • Testing and configuration of broadband seismometers and digitizers
  • Configuration of mobile broadband routers and VPN connections
  • Evaluation of new seismic communication technology and power systems & participating in the development of tender documents for the purchase of such systems.
  • Administration of field TCP/IP network devices & installing and maintaining 12V DC power systems in remote areas, eg. solar and wind generators
  • Contribute to documentation of procedures, system documentation and reports
  • Administer and work to automate network health monitoring tools to support tracking of diagnostics, improve field planning, and ensure rapid response to network outages.
  • Seismic data quality control [PQLX, obspy]
  • Maintenance of seismic databases & working with in real-time data streams [SDS]



  • M.Sc. or at least equivalent in Engineering, Physics, Applied Maths or Earth Sciences
  • 3 years experience in installing broadband seismometers in a variety of environments some with a leadership role.
  • A strong science background in (seismic) network operation including data analysis & interpretation
  • Willing to travel for extended field work.
  • Full drivers licence


  • Experience in installation of broadband seismometers and digitizers with real-time digital telemetry connection to a data centre
  • Knowledge of computer network communication & seedlink protocol, Linux
  • Willingness to communicate innovations in network performance/data analysis methods through peer reviewed publications and reports
  • Evidence of published scientific/technical work
  • 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:

  • The appointment will be made at either the Technical Officer grade or Senior Technical Officer grade, depending of qualifications/experience.
  • For appointments at Senior Technical grade, Salary Scale (PPC) ranges from 49,947 to 60,125 (6 points. For pre-1995 public sector entrants, the Non-PPC rates will apply)
  • For appointments at Technical grade 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_010

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.