Seismic Network Field Technical Officer

The Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies (DIAS) is a government-funded academic research Institution. The Geophysics section in DIAS operates the Irish National Seismic Network (INSN), since 2017 with support from the Geological Survey Ireland (GSI). The Seismic Network Specialist will be responsible for the installation and maintenance of permanent INSN 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. Data QC, seismic data management support, seismic data analysis and supporting scientific report 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. Further details on the role are available here


  • Plan 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.
  • Testing and configuration of broadband seismometers and digitizers.
  • Participating in the development of tender documents for the purchase of such systems.
  • Installing and maintaining 12V DC power systems in remote areas, eg. solar and wind generators.
  • Contribute to documentation of procedures, system documentation and reports.
  • Work to automate network health monitoring tools to ensure rapid response to network outages.
  • Seismic data quality control [PQLX, obspy].
  • Maintenance of seismic databases & working with real-time data streams.



  • M.Sc. or at least equivalent in Engineering, Physics, Applied Maths or Earth Sciences
  • At least 1 year experience in installing broadband seismometers in a variety of environments.
  • Experience in seismic network operation and data analysis in Linux.
  • 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.
  • Willingness to assist with communicating innovations in network performance/data analysis methods through publications, reports and outreach activities.
  • The position is for an initial period of 12 months (a three- month probation period applies).

Starting salary will be in line with Government pay policy:

The appointment will be made at the Technical Officer grade, the New Entrant Salary Scale ranges from €42,133 by seven points to €55,590. For pre-1995 public sector appointees, a lower Non-PPC salary scale will apply.

Applicants should upload a single pdf containing a letter of application and CV, including the names of two referees, as one pdf file, onto the DIAS e-Recruitment system by close of business at 5pm on 28 November 2022:

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